Recent News

With an unlimited number of sources publishing HR related news it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. BASIC strives to deliver simple, easy-to-understand, and timely industry news/updates. From legal advice, regulation updates, and interesting interactive resources – we have you covered!


 Recent News



The Struggle with Intermittent FMLA

March 7th, 2017

FMLA intermittent leave can be quite the challenge for HR professionals and business owners. It is not only difficult to track, but it can also cause administrative headaches when trying to combat abuse. Employers are walking a fine line because they may suspect an employee is abusing FMLA intermittent leave but they can also get

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Compliance Alert: New ADA Model Notice for Employer Wellness Plans

December 15th, 2016

On May 17, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final wellness plan regulations informing employers how their wellness programs can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Employers who are subject to the ADA and offer wellness programs that collect employee health information are required

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IRS Ruling Overturned; Small Employers Can Now Offer Stand-Alone HRAs 

December 13th, 2016

Dec. 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. This legislation re-establishes a health reimbursement arrangement for small Employers called the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement. With the passing of this act, many small employers and their employees can now celebrate over the previous IRS ruling preventing stand-alone HRA plans. Starting January 1,

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Inadequate plan summaries leave companies vulnerable

December 1st, 2016

DOL audits are on the rise: Are you in compliance? Employers who sponsor group health plans should be aware of the various reporting and disclosure requirements under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA).  ERISA, which was enacted in 1974, is not a new law, but employers are often unaware of the documents that they need

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Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Putting Overtime-Pay Regulation on Hold

November 23rd, 2016

November 23, 2016 By MELANIE TROTTMAN WALL STREET JOURNAL WASHINGTON-A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking a sweeping regulation set to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay Dec. 1, delivering a blow to one of President Barack Obama’s signature workplace rules. The Labor Department completed the rule in May as part of the Obama administration’s goal to restore

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IRS Extends ACA Individual Statement Deadline (Form 1095) from January 31 to March 2

November 21st, 2016

November 20, 2016 In Notice 2016-70, IRS extends the 2017 deadline from January 31 to March 2 for employers and insurers to furnish individual statements on 2016 health coverage and full-time employee status (Forms 1095-B and 1095-C). The notice also extends 2015 good-faith penalty relief to 2016 for incorrect or incomplete reports due in 2017. In

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Start Date of the New Federal Overtime Rule Faces Opposition

October 24th, 2016

The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would delay the start of new federal overtime pay rules from December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. However, President Obama has indicated he will veto the bill if it hits his desk. The House bill was introduced shortly after officials from

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Reviewing the Draft 2016 Instructions for Forms 1094 and 1095

October 24th, 2016

The IRS has now released the draft 2016 instructions for both the “B” and “C” versions of Forms 1094 and 1095. The agency uses the forms to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It’s important for employers to stay apprised of changes to these critical documents. The B Forms These are filed by

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Compliance Alert-ACA Section 1557 (Action Required for “Covered Entities” on October 17th)

October 13th, 2016

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. The rule is effective for plan years beginning on or after

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BASIC’s ACA Reporting & Filing Service Promo

October 6th, 2016

BASIC’s ACA Elevate is a stand-alone solution that generates 1094-C/1095-C forms and electronic filing to the IRS. ACA Elevate offers two different solutions to ensure every employer remains compliant with 2016′s 6055/6056 Reporting Requirements. BASIC’s compliance service was recently recognized as one of the top 15 producers by a leading Health Insurance Carrier. With proven success and

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