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Insurance COBRA FAQ
Are you leaving a job that offers a health insurance plan? Whether you're leaving voluntarily or involuntarily, you may be worried about health coverage for you and your family. One law that may be able to provide you protection is called the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The ... READ MORE

Taxation IRAs FAQs
Do you have an IRA for retirement? An IRA, or individual retirement arrangement, allows you to save money for retirement. It also provides certain tax advantages. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers guidelines to help you understand how IRAs work. Here are some frequently asked questions about ... READ MORE

Employee Benefit Health Care Plans FAQs
Do you have an employee health care plan? Most Americans get their health insurance through their employer. There are many federal laws that protect and regulate your health care benefits. The US Department of Labor provides information about many of these laws and their regulations. Here are answers ... READ MORE

Employees Benefits FAQ
Can I be fired while I'm on disability? Can my employer change the health plan anytime he wants? The new plan doesn't cover nearly as much as the old plan. Does my company have to offer a retirement plan? I am in the middle of a divorce. My soon-to-be ex says he doesn't have to share his pension money. ... READ MORE

Employer Workplace Benefits FAQs
Can I be fired while out on disability? Is my employer required by law to offer paid vacations or time off for holidays? Must an employer make accommodations for a disabled employee? Is my employer required to provide health benefits? What does the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cover? Does an employer ... READ MORE

What You Need to Know About Healthcare Reform
It should come as no surprise that the interests of health insurance providers and the people they insure sometimes conflict. Providers want to minimize costs while plan participants want comprehensive coverage with minimal restrictions or out-of-pocket costs. Federal healthcare reform legislation that ... READ MORE

401(K) Rules in 2011
Saving for retirement is important for many workers. The goal of living comfortably during the golden years means planning, saving and even making some sacrifices today. For many, a 401(k) is the key to retirement. But how much can you save in it? Every year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announces ... READ MORE

Even the Best Laid Retirement Plans May be Spoiled
Millions of US workers retire each year. Is this year the year for you? You've worked hard to put yourself into a good financial position for retirement, but are you sure you're ready? The 2008-2009 economic downturn may have changed things for you. Lower Payout? The Pension Protection Act of 2006 was ... READ MORE

What's a 401(k) Loan?
Sometimes we need some extra cash to make ends meet or to pay for some unexpected expenses. Increasingly, people are borrowing money - from themselves. 401(k) Loans Many US workers have a 401(k) retirement account. In general, they let workers put some of their pre-tax wages into a special account ... READ MORE

Who's Looking Out for Your Retirement Funds?
According to the comforting commercials, they are on our side, we are in good hands, and they are solid as a rock. We can rest easy and be sure that our future is secure, can't we? Or is there more to the story? In one case, a group of people have charged one of the country's biggest retirement plan ... READ MORE


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The Employer Shared Responsibility Provision and Seasonal Workers

The reporting requirements for the Affordable Care Act will remain in effect for the 2017 reporting period, which covers 2016. Any legislative actions regarding repeal of the ACA will have a ... Read more

Top 10 Tax Incentives for ESOPs

ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) can benefit you, your employees and your company. In fact, Congress has enacted a series of remarkable tax incentives designed to encourage employers to adopt ES ... Read more

New Trend to Attract and Retain New Employees

On Tuesday November 1, 2016, Staples announced the launch of its student loan repayment plan for its employees. Staples follows the new trend of employers who are offering student loan repayment as a ... Read more

DOL Audits of Employee Benefit Plans

The Department of Labor (DOL) may audit an employer sponsored benefit plan (generally retirement plans such as 401(k)s or defined benefit plans) at any given time to ensure compliance with applicable ... Read more

IRS Continues Trend of Allowing Relief for Natural Disaster Victims

On October 21, 2016, the IRS released Announcement 2016-39 (available here) allowing certain employer-sponsored retirement plans to make loan payments and hardship distributions to employees and certa ... Read more

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