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Caregiver Benefits

According to a Gallup poll, 1 out of 6 full- and part-time working Americans are also a caregiver for a loved one. Typically, a caregiver is an unpaid individual who...

IRS Confirms ACA Mandate Penalties Still Effective

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Chief Counsel has recently issued several information letters regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual and employer mandate penalties. These letters clarify that:...

Cost-Effective Wellness Programs

Many companies do not have the resources to create a complex wellness program. However, targeting wellness is important for smaller companies because a successful wellness program can reap multiple benefits....

Group-term Life Insurance: Commonly Asked Questions

Many employers provide employees with employer-paid group-term life insurance benefits or arrange for employees to purchase group-term life insurance benefits. Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 79 includes the tax rules...

HHS Issues HIPAA Cyber Attack Response Checklist

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a covered entity that experiences a ransomware attack or other cyber-related security incident must take immediate steps to prevent or mitigate...

What is a Funeral Trust?

A funeral trust is an arrangement entered into with a provider of funeral or burial services. Prepaying funeral expenses may allow you to "lock in" costs for future funeral or...

7 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of U.S. workers feel stressed on the job and workplace stress costs about $300 billion in lost productivity annually. Everyone experiences...

Dependent Care Assistance Programs

Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 129 allows employers to provide dependent care assistance benefits for their employees on a tax-free basis. These benefit plans are referred to as dependent care...