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Benefits Brief: 2019 Health Plan Compliance Calendar

The attached Benefits Bulletin details important deadlines for upcoming 2019 deliverables.  This document outlines various important benefits compliance dates beginning January 31, 2019 when employers that filed 250 or more … Continued

Cowden Times - Volume 18

Inside this Issue: Cowden News Cowden Associates, Inc. Hires Top Talent for Health and Benefits, Retirement/Actuarial and Compensation Practices Industry News Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans … Continued

Benefits Bulletin: Despite Judge's Ruling, the Affordable Care Act Remains in Full Effect

On Friday, December 14, 2018 a federal judge in Texas ruled that without the individual mandate penalty, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional and the entire law is invalid.  … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Impact of Individual Coverage on the ACA's Pay or Play Rules

Federal agencies have proposed a rule to expand the usability of Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs). As a result, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-88 to begin developing guidance … Continued

ACA Complianace Bulletin: Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the dollar limit on employee contributions to health Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs). Beginning in 2019 the FSA contribution limit is $2,700. Employers should … Continued

ACA Compliance Bulletin: Final Regulations Expand Exemptions from the Contraceptive Mandate

The Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury recently finalized two rules expanding exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate. These rules apply … Continued

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

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