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Cowden Associates, Inc. Hires Top Talent for Health and Benefits, Retirement/Actuarial and Compensation Practices

PITTSBURGH, December 10, 2018 — Pittsburgh-based Cowden Associates, Inc. (Cowden), the leading independent actuarial, compensation, and employee benefits consulting firm in the tri-state region, has hired Erin L. Gallagher, senior analyst … Continued

IRS 2019 Annual Benefit Plan Limits

See the chart of the IRS 2019 Annual Benefit Plan Limits here.

One Size Does Not Fit All - Smart Business Magazine Article by Elliot Dinkin

In this economy — with the current and future workforce — it’s vital to offer a total compensation plan of base compensation, incentives, benefits, time off, ancillary, etc.Just like you … Continued

Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans Committed to Continued Work

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 the multiemployer pension crisis has … 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

Compliance Overview: Determining Whether Prescription Drug Coverage is Creditable

This “Compliance Bulletin” outlines methods for determining whether a group health plan’s prescription drug coverage is considered creditable. The coverage creditability must be reported to individuals eligible for Medicare Part … Continued

Compliance Bulletin: DOL's Model FMLA Forms Expire in 2018

The Department of Labor (DOL) maintains model forms to help employers meet their notification obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The DOL’s current model forms include an … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Affordability Percentages Will Increase for 2019

On May 21, 2018, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-34 to index the contribution percentages in 2019 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care … Continued

How to Negotiate the Price in the Deal

When we are in discussion with a prospect and setting forth our value proposition, expertise, experiences, etc., the question becomes: At what point do we show our hand? We often … Continued

Compliance Bulletin: IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2019

On May 10, 2018, the IRS announced the 2019 inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs).  Employers who sponsor HDHP plans may need to … Continued

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