Category Archives: employee benefits

New All Agency Memorandum Establishes Tiered SCA Fringe Rate

Federal contractors already know that the Service Contract Act (SCA) fringe rate is generally updated annually. In 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued All Agency Memorandum 221, which made no change to the the fringe rate of $4.27 per hour … Continue reading

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HHS Publishes Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions

On May 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published the final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 contains the nondiscrimination provisions of the ACA, which … Continue reading

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Americans Aren’t Prepared to Retire—But Retirement Plan Sponsors Can Nudge Participants in the Right Direction

More Americans in today’s workplace are planning to defer retirement until later in life or to forego retiring at all. In fact, one in five Americans aged 65 and over are currently working due to financial need, the need for … Continue reading

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DOL Publishes New FMLA Guide for Employers

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to help employers understand their obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act was announced by DOL FMLA Branch … Continue reading

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Discussion About Prescription Drug Coverage Grows With Awareness of Opioids, Contraceptives, Spiking Prices

In the past year, legislators, employers, the media and healthcare consumers have focused on a variety of topics related to prescription drug coverage and use. The opioid epidemic sweeping the country, changes in access to contraceptives and the rising prices of prescription drugs have all contributed to a renewed interest in how insurance plans cover prescription drugs and how health care consumers use them. Continue reading

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Professional Employment Organizations and Service Contract Act Compliance

A Professional Employment Organization (PEO) that employs and leases employees back to a prime contractor subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA) is considered a subcontractor under the provisions of SCA and therefore subject to the full compliance of The … Continue reading

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EEOC Lawsuit Probes Intersection Between ADA, Wellness Programs

A new case out of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin tested the boundaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to employer wellness programs. Continue reading

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