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HR HIGHLIGHTS – DECEMBER 2016

IRS ISSUES RETIREMENT UPDATES Cost of living adjustments are coming, are you ready? The IRS recently published Notice 2016-62, which details the cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2017 tax year. HIGHLIGHTS OF LIMITATIONS THAT REMAIN UNCHANGED FROM 2016 The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), …

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APPLICABLE DOLLAR AMOUNT USED TO DETERMINE PCORI FEE ADJUSTED TO $2.26

HOW DOES THE NEW PCORI FEE ADJUSTMENT AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS? LEARN ABOUT THE NEW PCORI FEE AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN TO YOU. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued guidance that increases the applicable dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee, for plan years that end on or after October 1, …

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OVERTIME AND THE FMLA LEAVE ENTITLEMENT

The complexity of administering leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) should not be underestimated. This can be particularly true when calculating leave entitlement and usage for an employee who is using FMLA on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis. Most HR professionals know that, in general, the FMLA provides eligible employees …

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DOL OVERTIME RULE: UPDATE

HOW DOES THE NEW OVERTIME RULE BY THE DOL AFFECT YOU? The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule is unlikely to come to fruition.  The rule—which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, 2016—was delayed by federal court injunction on Nov. 22, 2016. In December, the DOL filed for an expedited appeal of the …

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SAVING WITH HEALTH CARE LITERACY

ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES HEALTHCARE LITERATE? According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), more than 1 in 3 Americans, or over 77 million people, are considered to have inadequate health literacy. Which means that they have difficulty with common health tasks like reading a prescription drug label or making a …

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SEPTEMBER HR BRIEF

CTE PROGRAMS EARN $1.2 BILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING Career and technical education (CTE) programs earned a huge win in July when President Donald Trump re-enabled a major source of their funding. The bill President Trump signed reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act—last authorized in 2006—and amends the legislation to make its funds more …

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