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Boon Buzz: Compliance Deadlines for Quarter 3 2019

Throughout the year, employers must comply with multiple reporting and disclosure requirements that are connected with their group health plans. As with everything else, when it comes to benefits, compliance is crucial. The third quarter of 2019 is no exception … Continue reading

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2019/2020 SCA Fringe Rates Issued

New Fringe Rates for SCA Contracts The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has released the new fringe rates for 2019/2020 for all contracts and contractors under the Service Contract Act.   Per All Agency Memorandum … Continue reading

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Standards for San Francisco HCSO Released

The City of San Francisco recently released their official 2019 notice regarding the Health Care Security Ordinance that applies to businesses with 20 or more workers and nonprofits with 50 or more employees. It states that businesses with 20 or … Continue reading

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Obama-era Fiduciary Rule Voided by U.S. Appeals Court

Last week, a federal appeals court voided the DOL’s Obama-era fiduciary rule. The rule was adopted in 2016 in an attempt to curb conflicts of interest among providers working with Americans that were planning for retirement. The Fifth U.S. Circuit … 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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Business Associate Agreements Are Essential to HIPAA Compliance

If you’re familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you may know that covered entities cannot disclose protected health information (PHI) to unauthorized persons. 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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HHS Office for Civil Rights Expands HIPAA “Access Right” Guidance

In January, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet and FAQ regarding patients’ right to access their own medical records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Continue reading

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Uncertain Future for Upcoming Supreme Court Cases

With the death of Justice Scalia on February 13, the Supreme Court has been thrown off-balance. 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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