Redirection Underway

When elected President in 2008, Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change America”. Eight years later, Donald Trump, after his own election promised to undo much of that Obama ‘legacy’, and with republicans in control of both the House and Senate, that effort is well underway. This week, the US Senate passed repeal of the Fair…

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Congress Releases ACA Replacement Parameters

They’re not yet ready to completely dismantle Obama Care, but Congress is steadily moving the ball in that direction. Last week, Congressional republicans unveiled a 19-page Policy Brief and Resources Report that establishes the parameters they will use in repealing and replacing the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. The document, formally released to the…

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President Gets Right To Work

He’s just been in office one week, but President Trump wasted no time implementing some of his campaign promises and otherwise shaking up the Washington landscape. On Inauguration Day last week, one of his first Executive Orders was a blanket freeze on all new or pending federal regulations. Essentially, the order immediately halted any lingering…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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Dismantling Obama Care

The United States Senate passed a fiscal 2017 budget resolution early Thursday, the first step in the process of repealing Obamacare through a powerful, majority-vote mechanism known as reconciliation.  The 51- 48 vote came after many hours of debate on an array of Democratic amendments intended to squeeze Republicans for targeting the health law. The…

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EEOC Clarifies Wellness Programs

There has long been a conflict on wellness programs between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – with employers caught in the crossfire. It would appear that at long last, EEOC has clarified the provisions as relates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination…

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FDA Formally Extends Menu Label Deadline

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule on menu labeling last week that formally extends the compliance date until May 5, 2017.  The federal labeling requirement already has quite a lengthy history – first mandated by passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010. It was originally to be effective as of…

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21st Century Cures Act Signed into Law

In one of the few bipartisan actions occurring in Washington, DC in quite some time, the President and Congress agreed to legislation this week that allows for small employers with less than 50 full-time employees or FTEs to offer a new type of general purpose stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for their employees.  The bill…

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IRS Extends Deadlines, But Hikes Fees Too

OSHA is not the only federal agency that has extended effective dates as the IRS has pushed back the deadline by which time large employers must provide their employees with certain 2016 ACA Forms.  The January 31 deadline is now delayed until March 2, 2017, however the dates when the forms must be filed with…

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SHOP Marketplace Open for 2017

We still don’t know what will happen to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) once President-elect Trump assumes office next month, but until it is changed or repealed, it remains the law of the land and many of its mandates are enforced by the aforementioned IRS.  The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace is open…

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