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Wellness Programs: A New Layer of Compliance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed rules (ADA Proposed Rules) on the extent to which employers may offer incentives to promote participation in wellness programs without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Proposed Rules apply if a wellness program includes disability-related inquiries or medical examinations, including inquiries or examinations that are part of a health risk assessment. Read more.

Expanded Nondiscrimination Protection for Federal Contractor Employees

As a government contractor, your employment compliance requirements can change as swiftly as the issuance of an Executive Order. Effective April 8, 2015, Executive Order 13672 expanded or clarified that the prohibition against employment discrimination based on “sex” included protection against discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more.

Rising Cost of Specialty Drugs Concerns Employers

Rising drug costs have always been a concern to employers, but one major driver of health care costs might be drug spending that’s not even part of your pharmacy benefit. Specialty drugs have emerged as a significant concern for employer-sponsored health plans, because these costs are often hidden in medical claims, rather than pharmaceutical billing, and because they often are extremely expensive. Read more.

Five Ways to Ensure Compliance with ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility

Reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act call for high levels of coordination between payroll and HR departments. Here are five best practices to ensure accuracy and help reduce the likelihood of penalties. Read more.

Employers Procrastinating on ACA Recordkeeping Compliance

Only 10 percent of some 480 employers in 36 industries responding to a recent poll have implemented an in-house or outsourced solution to comply with Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. In addition to the fact that 90 percent of surveyed employers have yet to implement a solution, 16 percent of the total survey base has not yet even begun to think about how they will comply with the reporting requirements, or are unaware of what their options are with respect to getting the painstaking process done. Read more.

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