Health Care Webinar Archives

 

Into the Weeds - Again! Specific Answers to Employee Benefit Questions

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

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In the newest episode of this popular webinar, we will review actual employee benefits compliance questions we have received and go over our answers in detail. In this session we will discuss questions about benefits offered to employees on leave, responding to IRS collection efforts, spousal carve-outs, and more. Learn from real-life compliance issues other employers are dealing with.


Employee Benefits During Mergers & Acquisitions

Webinar Date: May 23, 2019

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Mergers and acquisitions create complicated employee benefit administration challenges. The type of business transaction, whether it's a stock or asset sale, can have an impact on compliance obligations such as COBRA. Transitioning employees to new plans and combining benefits can also create compliance challenges. This session will focus on health and welfare plan issues for employers going through some kind of merger or acquisition.


Employee Benefits During an FMLA Leave

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Employers face significant benefits administrative challenges when employees take an FMLA leave. This session will discuss in detail the employer’s obligations, employee communication requirements, and other rules specific to employee benefits during and after FMLA leave. This session is designed for employers with at least 50 employees who are subject to FMLA.


"Good News" Compliance

Webinar Date: March 23, 2019

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Employers typically think employee benefits compliance is complicated, confusing, and full of bad news. In this webinar we are looking at the compliance world from a different angle. We will cover good news about compliance obligations that are going away, like the end of the PCORI fee, and the rescission of the HPID requirement. We will review ways that employers can use compliance rules to save money or avoid risk, for example, how an employer can reduce COBRA costs by helping qualified beneficiaries understand their other options. We will also share ideas about how to use the IRS employer safe harbor rules to reduce the employer’s plan contribution requirements.

 


HIPAA Privacy and Security Mistakes Employers Make

Webinar Date: February 28, 2019

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has completed its second round of HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits. We now have more information on what employers are doing wrong that is putting them at risk. More importantly, this webinar will focus on strategies employers can implement to better comply with these complicated rules.

Medicare and Employee Benefits

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

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This webinar will concentrate on how Medicare affects employer sponsored benefits. Topics will include Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) rules which prohibit employers from taking certain actions related to employees eligible for Medicare; Medicare entitlement and HSA eligibility; how Medicare affects employees’ and dependents’ COBRA rights, and more.

2018 Regulatory Wrap-Up and a Look Forward to 2019

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 20

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2018 was another interesting year for employers, with new regulations and activity in the courts having an impact on how employers manage benefit plans. 2018 also saw increased enforcement by the IRS of the ACA employer shared responsibility rules (the “employer mandate”). This webinar will review what actually happened (and didn’t happen) in 2018. We will also look forward into 2019 and discuss the possible developments that could affect employer plans.

Tobacco Related Wellness Programs

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 29

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Tobacco and smoking-related programs are one of the most common wellness incentive arrangements offered by employers, but they must be done right. Employers often struggle with the required reasonable alternative method of earning the incentive that must be offered in some programs, and if any medical testing is done the EEOC wellness rules must be taken into consideration. Employers must also be prepared to deal with new developments, like e-cigarettes and medical marijuana.

Into the Weeds - Again! Answers to Specific Employer Benefits Questions We've Received

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 25

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In the newest episode of this popular webinar we will review actual employee benefits compliance questions we have received and go over our answers in detail. We will discuss questions about ACA enforcement, the voluntary plan safe harbor, HSA eligibility, the tax treatment of discriminatory benefits, and more. Learn from real life compliance issues other employers have faced.
 

New Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) Rules

Webinar Date: Thursday, September 27

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The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury have released new information regarding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), including FAQs related to nonquantitative treatment limitations and guidance on new disclosure requirements. The DOL has also released a self-compliance tool. This webinar will review existing MHPAEA rules and discuss disclosure guidance and the clarifications from the FAQs.

 

5500 Filing and Plan Structure Issues

Webinar Date: Thursday, August 23

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This webinar will review health plan Form 5500 filing requirements and discuss plan design issues that impact 5500 filing. We will also preview significant changes to 5500 filing that have been proposed by the DOL, including the new Schedule J, and possible filing requirements for small employers.
 

 

New Association Health Plan Regulations

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 26

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the much-anticipated Association Health Plan (AHP) regulations. The new AHP rules are designed to make it easier for groups of small employers and individuals to participate in health plans sponsored by different types of organizations. This webinar will cover the AHP regulations and the changes they make to existing rules. We will also discuss the possible affect the rules will have on the health insurance market.
 

 

Employee vs. Independent Contractors - Why It Matters and What the Future Looks Like

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 21

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The relationship between employers and their workers is changing. Many companies now use a mix of employees, independent contractors, “Gig” workers, shared employees, and more. This webinar will review employee benefit compliance issues related to different worker types. We’ll also share information on employer and legislative initiatives that have the potential to significantly change the way we treat some workers and the rules that apply.
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Employee Benefits Compliance Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, May 24

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While no major benefits legislation is expected to be passed in 2018, the regulatory agencies are busy introducing new rules. The IRS continues to try to collect employer penalties under §4980H and the AARP – EEOC court case could force employers to rethink their wellness strategies. This webinar will bring employers up-to-date on important developments including association health plan regulations, rules expanding the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), IRS collection efforts, and the status of the AARP – EEOC wellness case.
 


Compliance Issues Related to Emerging Employee Benefit Strategies

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 26

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Many employers are implementing new strategies in their attempt to control costs while still offering attractive benefits to employees. In adopting these programs, the employer must consider various compliance implications. This webinar will cover compliance issues related to spousal carve-outs, on-site medical clinics, concierge and direct preventive care provider arrangements, reference-based pricing, and more.
 


 

HIPAA Privacy and Security for Employers

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 29

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Many employers do not understand the full scope of compliance required by the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. Many employers mistakenly believe that their plans are not subject to HIPAA because they are fully insured, or that employee training is the only thing they need to worry about. To comply with HIPAA, most employers should have written HIPAA policies in place that govern the plan’s use of Protected Health Information (PHI). Employers must also comply with a number of other HIPAA requirements, including: entering into written agreements with Business Associates, implementing safeguards to secure PHI, and conducting a Security Risk Assessment, to name just a few.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) investigates thousands of HIPAA privacy and security complaints every year and is also currently conducting its second round of random HIPAA audits. This webinar will help employers understand how to effectively comply with HIPAA and be in a position to respond to any HHS audits or inquiries.
 
 

HSA Administration and Compliance

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 22

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Properly administering HSA benefits has always been difficult for employers. IRS rules are often complicated, and improper administration can lead to serious tax consequences for the employer and employees. New benefit arrangements such as concierge medical services, on-site medical clinics, and other reimbursement arrangements can create HSA eligibility issues. This session will cover important compliance rules applicable to HSAs, such as coordination with Medicare eligibility, employer contributions rules, and more. We will also review common questions we receive from employers.
 

IRS §4980H Penalty Collection Efforts and Why Employer Reporting Still Matters

 

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

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The IRS has begun to send letters to employers (Letter 226J) to begin the collection process for those who failed to meet the §4980H requirements for benefits offered during 2015. Penalty calculations are based on data provided by employers to the IRS on Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Many of the IRS-proposed employer penalties are due to mistakes made in employer reporting, not to an actual violation of a §4980H requirement. This webinar will review the 4980H rules and employer reporting requirements.  We will also explain the IRS penalty assessment dispute and collection process and help employers understand how to respond to an IRS-proposed assessment.

 


2017 Regulatory Wrap-Up and a Look Forward to 2018

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017

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2017 was a wild and crazy year for employers trying to plan for how to handle their employer sponsored benefits. As Congress debated significant changes to health plan rules, employers were left guessing about how changes might affect their plans. This webinar will review what actually happened (and didn’t happen) in 2017. We will also look forward into 2018 and discuss the possible developments that could affect employer sponsored plans.

 


The Future of Wellness Plans After the AARP v. EEOC Decision

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

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In a suit brought by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) saying that portions of the EEOC’s final wellness regulations related to wellness incentives were arbitrary. The court ordered the EEOC to review the rules and make changes to satisfy the court. Although the current ruling does not change anything immediately, it raises questions about how employers will handle their wellness plans in the future. This webinar will review current EEOC regulations and the existing HIPAA wellness rules, and it will help employers think about how to prepare for changes that may be made to the EEOC rules as a result of the AARP case.
 

 


ACA 1094/1095 Employer Reporting Year 3

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Many employers hoped that Congress would make changes to the ACA that would eliminate or simplify the ACA employer reporting process. As you all know by now, as of the middle of September, that has not happened. The IRS has released the new 2017 draft forms and instructions, so it is time to make sure employers are ready for reporting due early in 2018. In this webinar, we will review the rules, discuss changes, and help employers prepare for this year’s reporting. Also note that by the time of the webinar, we will know once and for all whether Congress has made any changes to the ACA rules this session. If any significant changes have been made, we will shorten our reporting discussion and provide an update on new developments and breaking news.
 

 


Benefit Plan Transition Issues

Webinar Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Employers face a myriad of rules when trying to make significant changes to employee benefits plans. In this session, we will discuss compliance issues as they relate to some common scenarios, including taking over benefits when purchasing another company, making mid-year plan changes, introducing an HSA/HDHP option for the first time, and more.

 


Health Insurance Legislative Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

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The current ACA repeal legislation being considered by Congress must be passed by the end of September. So, by August 24, we should have a clear picture of what changes Congress will be able (or not able) to make this year. This webinar will discuss the changes that have a direct impact on employer-sponsored plans.
 

 


 

Corbra is Here to Stay

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017

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COBRA has been around for over 30 years and employers still struggle to properly comply with the rules. This session will cover basic COBRA compliance and discuss areas where employers often struggle. This session will be valuable even for employers who use the services of a COBRA administrator.

 


Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Rules Review

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Employers have offered Section 125 Cafeteria Plans for years, yet many still struggle with some of the rules and administrative requirements. This webinar will focus on Section 125 compliance issues important to employers including document requirements, election change rules, discrimination testing and more.

 


 

 

No "Repeal or Replace" ...Maybe "Repeal or Replace" ...Maybe Something Else? What Should the Employer Focus on Now?

Webinar Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Even though the Republicans have managed to push a bill in the House, it is still unclear whether Congress will be able to pass legislation making significant changes to the ACA. In these uncertain times, employers must continue to administer their benefit plans in compliance with existing ACA rules. However, even in the absence of significant legislative action, regulatory agencies are still likely to make changes to rules that impact employers. This webinar will focus on important ACA compliance requirements still in force, but will also review what is still being proposed in Congress and explain what changes regulators are able to make without congressional action.

 


 

Employee Benefits During an FMLA Leave

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Employers face significant risk if benefits are not properly handled for employees taking an FMLA leave. This session will discuss in detail the employer’s obligations, employee communication requirements and other rules specific to employee benefits during and after FMLA leave. This session is designed for employers with at least 50 employees who are subject to FMLA. Topics will include:
• Benefit reinstatement rules
• What to do if an employee does not return from FMLA
• When to offer COBRA

 


 

Keeping Up With Changes to Employee Benefits Rules (Part 2)

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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By the end of March 2017, many changes to employee benefits rules will have begun to take shape. Beyond changes to the ACA, we expect to see modifications to HSA rules, adjustment to the tax treatment of employee benefits, and much more. Tune in to this webinar to keep up with changes that are important to employers as they plan their employee benefits strategy for the future.

 


 

Keeping Up With Changes to Employee Benefits Rules (Part 1)

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

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The results of the 2016 elections guarantee that many changes will be made to employee benefits rules and regulations in 2017. Even if Congress needs some time to make changes to the law itself, executive and regulatory actions could move very quickly. Also, as soon as the new Congress takes office, new bills are likely to be introduced that will shed some light on the changes we can expect. This webinar focuses on changes and breaking news that will affect employer sponsored employee benefits.

 


 

Employee Benefits and Medicare Coordination Issues

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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As the workforce ages, the challenge of coordinating employer sponsored
benefits with Medicare increases. Medicare Secondary Payer
(MSP) rules prohibit employers from taking certain actions related to
employees eligible for Medicare; Medicare entitlement makes employees
ineligible for HSA contributions; and Medicare affects employees’
and dependents’ COBRA rights, to name just a few issues. This
webinar will concentrate on how Medicare affects employer sponsored
benefits, not on general Medicare coverage and eligibility issues.

 


 

Into the Weeds! Answers to Specific Employer Benefits Questions We Have Received

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016

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In this webinar we will review actual employee benefits compliance questions we have received and go over our answers in detail. From “ACA reporting” to the “zero balance FSA/HSA rule”, learn from real life compliance issues other employers have faced. Don’t worry, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty too).

 


How Will the Election Impact Employee Benefits Regulations & a Look Forward to 2017

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

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With the election over we will discuss how the results could affect employee benefits rules and regulations. We will also look forward to 2017 and discuss regulatory developments and new rules likely to impact employers going forward. For example, Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) need to prepare for upcoming IRS communications expected in 2017 regarding possible §4980H penalties.

 


ACA 1094/1095 Employer Reporting Year 2

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

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Here we go again. It seems like employers just finished reporting last year’s data to the IRS on Forms 1094 and 1095, and it is already time to get ready for this year’s reporting due early in 2017. The IRS has released draft forms and instructions and there are some changes (such as a new 1095 code for certain kinds of coverage offers to spouses). In this webinar we will review the rules, discuss the changes, and help employers better prepare for reporting this year.


ACA and Benefits Compliance Update
Webinar Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

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While there will not likely be any congressional action in an election year making changes to benefits related rules, it is anticipated that the regulatory agencies will continue to issues new rules, and clarify existing informal guidance. This session will focus on regulations, FAQs, and other guidance issued over the previous months to help employers keep up-to-date on these ever changing requirements.


Wellness Plan Regulations Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016

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The EEOC has issued its final wellness regulations regarding compliance with the ADA and GINA. The rules contain a new notice requirement and some changes from the previously issued proposed rules, including adjustments to incentive limit calculations and the application of such limits. Many of the EEOC rules go into effect for plan years beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Now is the time to look at your wellness plans to make sure they are in compliance with both the EEOC regulations and the existing HIPAA wellness rules.

 


 

HRA/HSA Compliance and Administration Issues

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Properly administering HRA and HSA benefits has always been difficult for employers, but the ACA has added a whole new layer of compliance challenges. This session will cover compliance rules applicable to these types of benefits. We will also review common questions we receive from employers on topics such as HSA eligibility after age 65, and HRA integration rules.

 


OCR Begins New Phase of HIPAA Audits

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

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As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its second phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates. OCR has stated that they will be auditing all types of covered entities, including employer sponsored health plans. All employers who sponsor a health plan have some responsibility under the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. Now is a great time to make sure your organization has the proper policies and procedures in place.

 


Plan Affordability Under the ACA

Webinar Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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There is a tremendous amount of confusion around what it means for an employer’s plan to be “affordable” under the ACA. It’s not surprising because there are two different kinds of affordable criteria. First there is the definition of when an employer’s plan is affordable for purposes of an individual who is purchasing individual health insurance and trying to qualify for a subsidy. Separately, there are the three employer affordability safe harbors provided by the IRS to help employers set contribution rates in a manner that mitigates their §4980H(b) penalty risk. This webinar will help employers understand the differences and provide strategies for setting employer contributions going forward.

 


Making Sense of the Employee Classification Puzzle

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

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The gig economy continues to challenge how we define and compensate our employees—regular full-time, temp, common law, part-time, seasonal, independent contractor, leased, and more! And the labels are taking on even greater importance with laws like the Affordable Care Act (requiring offers of coverage to full-time employees) and state and local leave laws (requiring various types of leave for employees). This webinar will start by sorting out some of the conflicting employee definitions and will provide advice on how to keep them straight and protect yourself.


ACA Benefits Compliance Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016

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2015 ended with a flurry of guidance, changes and delays from the regulatory agencies. It is expected that early 2016 will bring more of the same. This webinar will cover the latest compliance developments including new IRS guidance on affordability and hours of service, guidance on opt-out incentives, new COBRA rules for health FSAs and more.

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EEOC Wellness Regulations

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016

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In 2015, the EEOC filed a number of lawsuits challenging common employer wellness plan strategies. After significant backlash from the business community and Congress, the EEOC issues its first set of regulations regarding employer wellness plans. While the proposed rules mostly align with existing HIPAA welless regulations, there are differences. Attend this webinar for a review of existing wellness rules and an update on the EEOC regulations along with their impact on employer wellness plans.

 

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ACA 1094/1095 Reporting Details

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

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The IRS has extended the deadline for employers to complete their ACA 1094/1095 reporting, so we will take this last opportunity before the deadline to dive into the more difficult details of the reporting requirements. The webinar will cover reporting specifics including how to code to 1095s for various scenarios such as COBRA coverage, dealing with aggregated employer groups and union plans, filling out line 22 of the 1094 and more.

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2015 Regulatory Wrap-Up and a Look Forward to 2016

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

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2015 was another challenging year for employee benefits managers and human resource professionals. The ACA employer shared responsibility rules began to take effect and employers began to prepare for the difficult ACA reporting requirements that begin early in 2016. This webinar will look forward into 2016 and discuss the practical implications of rules scheduled to go into effect over the next 12 months. The webinar will also review additional compliance issues with which employers may have to deal in 2016.

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ACA Issues When Using a Staffing Firm

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Employers often think that using a temp agency or staffing firm means they don’t have to worry about ACA compliance issues for the individuals working under these arrangements. Unfortunately it is not that simple. From determining who is the common law employer, to figuring out what time must be taken into account with determining full-time status, the rules are often complex. This session will briefly address issues faced by the staffing firms, but most of the session will focus on topics specific to employers who use staffing firms to take care of some of their employment needs.

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Public Marketplace (Exchange) Third Open Enrollment Period

Webinar Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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The third open enrollment period for the public Marketplaces/Exchanges takes place from November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. The news surrounding the open enrollment period is likely to generate many employee questions. Employees are often confused about how the benefits employers offer effects their eligibility for subsidies when buying individual health insurance. It also presents opportunities for employers, such as providing a chance for current COBRA QBs on an employer plan to move to subsidized individual insurance plans on through the Marketplace. This webinar will focus on the impact that the public marketplace open enrollment has on employers.

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Employer 1095 and 1094 Reporting

Webinar Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

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The new 1095 and 1094 employer reporting begins in just a few short months. All Applicable Large Employers (ALE), both fully insured and self-funded, and any small employer with a self-funded health plan are subject to the plan reporting requirements. 2015 forms and instructions will have been released by the IRS prior to this webinar. This webinar will explain what information needs to be reported as well as provide guidance on the process. Note: Small employers who do not meet the definition of an ALE and offer only fully insured plans are not subject to these reporting requirements.

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How Does the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision Affect Employee Benefits?

Webinar Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015

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The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has caused many employers to look carefully at their current benefit strategies related to employees who are in same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships. This session will explain what impact the decision has on how employers offer benefits to employees.

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New EEOC Rules for Wellness Plans

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015

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The EEOC has issued long-awaited proposed regulations addressing ADA requirements for employer wellness programs. The guidance also addresses the interaction between the new EEOC rules and the existing ACA and HIPAA wellness rules. This webinar will help employers understand how the new rules impact their employee wellness programs.

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ACA Update and Discussion of Supreme Court Decision

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Regulatory agencies will continue to release ACA-related regulations and guidance throughout 2015. This webinar will address the most recently released ACA guidance. The Supreme Court is also expected to release its highly-anticipated decision in the case King vs. Burwell sometime in June. If the court has released its decision, the webinar will be focused on the impact that the court’s decision may have on employer sponsored plans.

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IRS §414 Controlled Group and Affiliated Service Group Rules

Webinar Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Internal Revenue Code §414 controlled group and affiliated service group rules require some separate companies to be treated as a single employer for purposes of several different benefits related issues including: 401k administration, discrimination testing, and ACA Applicable Large Employer (ALE) status for health benefits. Employers with certain levels of common ownership and/or operational integration must determine their single employer status under these rules, even if they have separate tax EINs. For the first time, beginning in 2016, employers will need to apply these rules in IRS reporting if they are part of an “aggregated group” of employers when they complete their Form 1094. This webinar will help employers understand the basics of the §414 rules and in some cases determine if they are part of an aggregated group. At a minimum, employers will understand if they need additional employer-specific analysis to make the determination.

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HIPAA Privacy and Security for Employers in the Age of Common Data Breaches

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Recent large scale data breaches at a number of health insurance companies have brought employer responsibilities under the HIPAA privacy and security rules back into the limelight. An employer’s HIPAA obligations in these cases depends on a number of factors, including whether the employer’s plan is fully-insured or self-funded, and the specific language of any business associate agreement in place with the vendor. This webinar will provide a refresher on employer HIPAA privacy and security rules, as well as discuss appropriate employer responses to vendor security breaches.

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Employer ACA Reporting Requirements

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Beginning in 2016, all applicable large employers (ALEs) and any self-funded employer (even if not an ALE) face a significant new obligation to report certain plan and employee information to the IRS, as well as provide a new health care statement to employees. Both fully-insured and self-funded employers are subject to the plan reporting requirements, with self-funded plans having additional employee coverage reporting obligations. Final forms and instructions will be released by the IRS prior to this webinar. This webinar will explain what information needs to be reported as well as provide guidance on the process.

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Wellness Regulations & the EEOC Lawsuits

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
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The EEOC has filed a number of lawsuits challenging some common employer wellness plan strategies. Attend this webinar for a review of existing wellness rules and an update on the EEOC lawsuits and their impact on employer wellness plans.

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ACA Regulatory Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
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It is expected that the regulatory agencies will continue to release a large volume of ACA-related regulations and guidance throughout 2015. Benefit Comply will hold at least two webinars during 2015 specifically designed to address the most recently released guidance. This webinar will address breaking issues relevant to both large and small employers.

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2014 Regulatory Wrap-Up & Looking Forward to 2015

Webinar Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

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2014 was an interesting year for employee benefits managers and human resource professionals, but delays in the ACA employer shared responsibility rules pushed actual implementation of many provisions into 2015. Now the action really starts. This webinar will look forward into 2015 and discuss the practical implications of rules scheduled to go into effect over the next 12 months. Particular attention will be given to rules that require employers to change current administrative practices. The webinar will also review additional compliance issues employers may have to deal with in 2015 such as possible Section 125 discrimination testing changes, HIPAA transaction certification for self-funded plans, and more.

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Employee Benefits Compliance Case Studies

Webinar Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Our compliance consultants answer hundreds of employee benefits compliance-related questions from employers every month. This seminar will review a series of actual employer questions (with names changed to protect the innocent) received during 2014. Our presenters will answer the questions and discuss compliance strategies related to the particular topics. The questions range from the ACA to waiting periods, and everything in between (we couldn’t come up with a compliance issues that started with “Z”).

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Employer ACA Reporting Requirements

Webinar Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
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All “Applicable Large Employers,” or ALEs (generally those with more than 50 full-time equivalents/FTEs), and any self-funded employer (even if not an ALE) will be required to report certain plan and employee information to the IRS beginning in 2016 for 2015 data. The IRS has released final regulations, sample forms and instructions. Both fully insured and self-funded employers are subject to the plan reporting requirements, with self-funded plans having additional employee coverage reporting obligations. This webinar will explain which employers are subject to the requirements and what information needs to be reported.

Note: Small employers who do not meet the definition of an ALE and offer only fully insured plans are not subject to these reporting requirements.

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Public Marketplace (Exchange) Second Open Enrollment Period

Webinar Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The second open enrollment period for the public (state and federal) marketplaces takes place from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. The news surrounding this second open enrollment period is likely to generate many employee questions. It also presents opportunities for employers, such as providing a chance for current COBRA QBs on an employer plan to move to subsidized individual insurance plans through the marketplace. This webinar will focus on the impact that the public marketplace has on employers.

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ACA Regulatory Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
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It is expected that the regulatory agencies will continue to release a large volume of ACA related regulations and guidance throughout 2014. We will address the most recently released guidance. This webinar will address issues relevant to both large and small employers.

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Self-Funded Employer Plans and the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) Number

Webinar Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
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All employers who sponsor self-funded health plans are required to obtain a health plan identifier (HPID) number from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Large health plans must acquire the number by Nov. 5, 2014. Small health plans must acquire their HPID by Nov. 5, 2015. The HPID number may be used in the future as part of HIPAA standard transactions handled by the plan. By Dec. 31, 2015, all self-funded plans will need to certify to CMS that the plan handles HIPAA standard transactions in compliance with the HIPAA rules. This webinar will explain the process of obtaining a HPID number, and describe how employers will certify compliance to HHS in 2015.


Note: Employers with only fully insured health plans do not need to acquire a HPID, so this webinar will not be of interest to these employers.

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DOL Employee Benefit Plan Audits & How to Prepare

Webinar Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The DOL regularly audits employer compliance with various employee benefits rules under its jurisdiction. The process typically starts with a letter requesting that the employer provide a long list of documents and other benefits-related information, followed up by a site visit. Find out what kind of information the DOL is looking for and how you can prepare yourself so you are ready in the event your company is chosen for an audit.

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Full-Time Employees & the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Final Regulations

Webinar Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
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In February, the IRS released final regulations regarding the ACA 4980H employer shared responsibility rules. The final regulations contained a number of clarifications, and some new information, in regard to determining full-time employee status. This webinar goes into detail on new information in the final regulations related to how employers need to define their full-time employees for purposes of the 4980H rules.


This webinar will focus on issues of particular importance to employers who are considered “applicable large employers.” Small employers are not required to comply with the ACA employer shared responsibility rules and enforcement for employers with 50-99 FTEs has been delayed until 2016.

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Calculating the ACA PCORI & Reinsurance Fees

Webinar Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Some employers will be paying the ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for the first time in July 2014. Self-funded employers must pay the fee directly, but even small employers with fully insured health plans may have to pay the fee if they offer a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Then in fall 2014, all self-funded employers will need to report and pay the first ACA Reinsurance fee of $63 per member, per year. There are three different methodologies employers can use to calculate membership when determining fee liability. This webinar will explain the process and help employers decide which approach is best for them.

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ACA Regulatory Update

Webinar Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
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It is expected that the regulatory agencies will continue to release a large volume of ACA-related regulations and guidance throughout 2014. Three webinars will be held in 2014 specifically designed to address the most recently released guidance. This webinar will address issues relevant to both large and small employers.

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Mental Health Parity Final Regulations

Webinar Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
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The DOL, HHS and Treasury Department have issued final rules implementing the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). These rules are designed to expand coverage of mental health and substance abuse in general, and ensure that health plan coverage is not more restrictive for mental health and substance abuse than other medical benefits. Mental health parity rules generally apply to employers with at least 50 employees.

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How to Define Full-Time Employees

Webinar Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
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Employers must decide if they will define full-time employees on a month-by-month basis or use the optional measurement period approach. This webinar will cover how the measurement period approach works and how to count hours of service.

This webinar focuses on issues of particular importance to employers who are considered “applicable large employers” (generally those with at least 50 full-time equivalent employees). Small employers are not required to comply with the ACA employer shared responsibility rules.

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ACA Regulatory Updates

Webinar Dates: December 11 & 12, 2013
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2014 is almost here! Even with the delay in the employer shared responsibility rules, a number of important ACA provisions that affect employer sponsored plans still take effect in 2014. There is tremendous confusion about exactly when different provisions of the law are effective. This webinar will sort out what employers have to think about for Jan. 1, for their first plan year in 2014, and beyond.

When do Various ACA Requirements go into Effect?

Webinar Dates: November 20 and 21, 2013
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2014 is almost here! Even with the delay in the employer shared responsibility rules, a number of important ACA provisions that affect employer sponsored plans still take effect in 2014. There is tremendous confusion about exactly when different provisions of the law are effective. This webinar will sort out what employers have to think about for Jan. 1, for their first plan year in 2014, and beyond.

The State of Exchanges

Webinar Date: October 31, 2013
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Federal and state exchanges (marketplaces) go live on Oct. 1 and begin offering coverage to individuals and small employers effective Jan.1, 2014. Even though large employers will not be purchasing their group health plans though a public exchange, employees will still have questions as they try to decide whether they should stay on their employer plan or purchase individual health insurance. This webinar will help make sense of the options available to small groups and individuals. We will also discuss what employers need to know in order to answer their employees’ questions.

ACA Regulatory Update #3

Webinar Dates: September 25 or September 26, 2013
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Regulatory agencies will be releasing a large volume of ACA related regulations and guidance throughout 2013. One webinar each quarter of 2013 will be specifically devoted to addressing issues raised by the most recently released guidance. This webinar will not attempt to provide a broad overview of ACA rules and regulations. Rather, it will go into details regarding new developments, and new or changing  regulatory guidance important to employer sponsored health plans. 

 

Plan Document Requirements & Employee Disclosure Rules Related to ACA

Webinar Dates: August 28 or August 29, 2013
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Due to new ACA requirements, health plans require changes to plan documents and employee communications such as eligibility rules, Section 125 Plan document changes and employee disclosure requirements (i.e., Notice of Exchange). This session will focus specifically on ACA-related issues that affect plan documents and employee disclosures and communications.


Final Wellness Plan Regulations

Webinar Date:  July 25, 2013
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The Departments of Health & Human Services, Labor, and Treasury have issued final wellness program rules. The new final rules are based on the existing HIPAA wellness rules and the requirements contained in proposed rules issued in November 2012. The amount of an incentive employers can provide has been significantly increased. However, the final rules contain new requirements that make employers redesign many existing wellness programs to include “health contingent” components. This session will help employers understand how the new rules affect their wellness initiatives.

 

ACA Regulatory Update #2

Webinar Date:  June 19 & 20, 2013
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Regulatory agencies will be releasing a large volume of ACA related regulations and guidance throughout 2013. One webinar each quarter of 2013 will be specifically devoted to addressing issues raised by the most recently released guidance. This webinar will not attempt to provide a broad overview of ACA rules and regulations. Rather, it will go into details regarding new developments, and new or changing  regulatory guidance important to employer sponsored health plans.

 

ACA Employer Pay or Play Rules and the Definition of Full-Time Employees

Webinar Date:  May 22, 2013
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Webinar Date:  May 23, 2013
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Now that the IRS has released it proposed regulations and additional detailed guidance, “applicable large employers” must make sure that they have designed their benefit offerings to minimize the risk of penalties under the §4980(H) employer shared responsibility rules. This webinar will be most valuable to employers with at least 50 full time equivalent (FTE) employees. The webinar will cover details regarding employer shared responsibility rules and the various methods to define full time employees.

 

HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for Employers

Webinar Date:  April 25, 2013
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released new HIPAA privacy and security rules that impact employer sponsored health plans. Many employers may find it necessary to modify existing Notices of Privacy Practices and Business Associate Agreements.

The new rules also extend HIPAA obligations to businesses providing certain services to existing business associates. This rule may require an entirely new group of business to develop HIPAA policies and procedures for their business operations, not just for their health plan.

This webinar will provide some general background information on how HIPAA applies to employer sponsored health plans, and then cover the recently released changes in detail. Presented by Mark Hoaglund.

 

Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Administration Issues for Employers

Webinar Date:  March 21, 2013
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Even if the IRS has not yet released final Section 125 regulations, employers must still make sure they are complying with current rules and guidance.  This program will cover what employers really need to know to properly administer their Section 125 cafeteria plan.

 

ACA Regulatory Update #1

Webinar Date:  Tuesday, Feb. 19
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Webinar Date: Thursday, Feb. 21
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It is expected that the regulatory agencies will be releasing a large volume of ACA-related regulations and guidance early in 2013. We will hold a webinar during each quarter of 2013 specifically designed to address the most recently released guidance.

 

The ACA "Notice of Exchange"

Webinar Date:  January 24 & 29, 2013
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Understand the employer’s obligation to send a “Notice of Exchange” to employees by March 1, and how to address employee questions related to the content of the notice. 

 

COBRA for Employers

Webinar Date:  December 20, 2012
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Even with significant changes looming due to health reform, COBRA is not going away any time soon.  COBRA continues to create risk for employers if it is not handled properly.  Even employers that use a COBRA administrator must be involved in a variety of ways.  This session will focus on COBRA issues which require direct participation of employers and suggest ways that employers can minimize their risk.
• A review of COBRA basics
• Has the employer developed the allowed employee notice requirements?
• What notices and communications are employers still responsible for, even when using a COBRA administrator?
• Handling COBRA in the event of an employee divorce
• What we can learn from actual COBRA court cases