The ETC HR and Compliance Blog

"President Trump is expanding affordable health coverage options for America’s small businesses and their employees. Many of our laws make healthcare coverage more expensive for small businesses than large companies. Association Health Plans are about more choice, more access, and more coverage."   --- U.S. Secretary...

IRS Proposed Regulations Expand Mandatory Electronic Filing of Information Returns The IRS in May published proposed regulations expanding mandatory electronic filing of most information returns – Form W-2, forms in the 1099 series, Form 1095-B, and Form 1095-C. These proposed regulations would be effective for information...

Purge your health plan of ineligible dependents Eligibility Audits Plan sponsors have a fiduciary duty to administer their health plan in the interest of eligible participants and their eligible dependents. If an employer is providing health plan coverage for non-qualified participants, the employer not only is wasting...

HR Snap Shot Question:  An employee injured off the job would like to return to work, but we’re concerned about her safety and her ability to do the job. How should we proceed? We’re a small employer and not subject to the Family and Medical Leave...

The stated intent of this bulletin for Home Health Nursing and Caregiving industry is to help clarify the issue of employment versus contract labor for the DOL-Wage & Hour Division (WHD) field staff in their investigations. It is supposed to help them determine whether workers...

I couldn’t help but marvel a bit over two posts on the U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour web site last month. One detailed a recently resolved case in which an employer, a car wash, was found to be in violation of the Fair...

QUESTION: We have a fully insured group health plan. The insurer provides a state-law required certificate of insurance booklet that describes the coverage provided under the plan. Can we use that booklet as the summary plan description (SPD) for this plan? ANSWER: The booklet probably cannot serve as...

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the results of its most recent audit of the IRS’ implementation of the employer shared responsibility enforcement process. The general takeaway from the report is that the IRS will continue moving forward with its enforcement efforts and making improvements to its systems to better identify employer mandate noncompliance.