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Cowden Times: Volume 17

Inside this Edition Cowden News National Kidney Foundation’s 2018 Kidney Walk Industry News Compliance Bulletin: DOL Updates Model FMLA Forms ACA Compliance Bulletin: Exchange Model Notice Expiration Date Extended Compliance … Continued

Preliminary Proposal from the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Tomorrow, November 30, 2018, is the deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans (JSC) to vote on and propose new legislation that attempts to solve … Continued

Recent Jobs Growth Report and Hourly Wage Rate Increases Create an Urgency to Review Base Compensation Structures, Merit Pay Structures, and Career Ladders

Background¬† If you are in the midst of setting compensation rates for 2019, including salary budgets, you may want to consider the following facts:The results of the October jobs report … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final Forms for 2018 ACA Reporting Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the final forms and instructions for 2018 reporting under Revenue code Sections 6055 and 6056. Links to the forms and related instructions can … Continued

Administration Announces Big Changes for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)

On October 23, 2018, the Trump Administration released a proposed rule that would expand the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), starting in 2020, by effectively rolling back Obama era … Continued

The SOA Releases Mortality Improvement Scale MP-2018 Plus a Second Option

An Update and a New Optional Mortality Improvement TableThe Society of Actuaries RPEC group (Retirement Plans Experience Committee) has released an updated mortality improvement scale (MP-2018) using a methodology similar … Continued

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credit for Paid Family and Medical Leave

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released guidance on the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. A tax credit is available to employers who meet certain criteria … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final Forms for 2018 ACA Reporting Released

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the final forms and instructions for 2018 reporting under Revenue code Sections 6055 and 6056. Links to the forms and related instructions can … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: IRS Issues Letter 5699 to Non-Compliant Employers

The Internal Revenue Service has been sending Letter 5699 to employers that are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements for the 2015 calendar year. This letter … Continued

Former Employees Who Have Previously Signed A Severance Agreement Do Not Have To Return Their Severance Pay Before Suing A Former Employer

I admit to having to read this several times:¬† the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that former employees do not have to return their severance … Continued

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