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IRS Decreases ACA “Affordability” Percentage

The IRS issued guidance in Revenue Procedure 2017-36 that decreases the percentage from 9.69% to 9.56% for purposes of determining the affordability of employer-sponsored group health coverage in 2018. This percentage affects which applicable large employers may face potential penalties under §4980H(b) for failure to provide affordable coverage and which individuals may qualify for subsidized coverage through a public Exchange (Marketplace).

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Employer Reporting – 2017 Draft Forms and Instructions

With Congress failing to make any significant changes to the ACA, applicable large employers (ALEs) need to prepare for another year of ACA employer reporting. The IRS has released the 2017 draft forms employers will use to report 2017 plan data early in 2018. 2017 instructions have not yet been released. The 2017 draft forms […]

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Human Capital Management Technology –
Ask the Experts

For the last decade, improvements in technology have driven and transformed the development of industries worldwide. Human Resources is no exception –

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Washington Paid Sick Leave
Effective Jan. 1, 2018

On Nov. 8, 2016, Washington voters approved Initiative Measure No. 1433, a ballot measure that increases Washington’s minimum wage and requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave, effective January 1, 2018.

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Washington Enacts Paid
Family and Medical Leave

On July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5975 into law, providing paid family and medical leave benefits to eligible workers, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Key aspects of this leave program, which will be administered by a state agency, are as follows:

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