How well do you know the ARIS team?

When it comes to business insurance, a lot of businesses search online and just grab onto the first policy their shown, but they don’t take the time to research and get to know their brokers. We here at Applied Resource Insurance Solutions not only find you multiple coverages that fit your needs, and let YOU […]

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5 developments impacting medical marijuana in workers’ compensation

A growing number of clinical experts believe medical marijuana could play a critical role in reducing the nation’s reliance on opioid painkillers. Publications like The Atlantic have reported that in states in which legalization has occurred, patients are now turning down popular opioid painkillers, like oxycodone, in favor of medical marijuana — and according to […]

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Reminder: Medicare-Eligible Employees May Impact ‘Pay or Play’ Penalties

Medicare-Eligible Employees Ineligible to Receive Premium Tax Credits Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare-eligible individuals are ineligible to receive premium tax credits. As a result, employers with Medicare-eligible employees should consider how those employees may impact their potential liability under the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provisions (also known as “pay or play”). Medicare-Eligible Employees […]

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OSHA Not Currently Accepting Electronic Submissions of Illness and Injury Logs

Agency Intends to Propose Extension of Electronic Submission Date The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time. As a result, OSHA intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit […]

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California Releases Regulations Concerning Transgender Identity and Expression

New Regulations Effective July 1, 2017 The California Fair Employment and Housing Council has released final regulations, effective July 1, 2017, regarding transgender identity and expression under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act. A summary of the regulations is presented below. Additional Rights It is unlawful to deny employment to an individual based wholly […]

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Reminder: IRS ‘Pay or Play’ Estimator Available

Tool Provides Estimates Only As a reminder, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service) has developed a tool to assist employers in understanding how the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (“pay or play”) provisions work and how the provisions may apply to them. Employer Shared Responsibility Provision Estimator Employers […]

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DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

Withdrawals Effective June 7, 2017 The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the withdrawal of both its 2015 guidance regarding independent contractors and its 2016 guidance regarding joint employment. Cautionary note: Still in effect are the common law rules used by the IRS to determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on ERISA’s ‘Church Plan’ Exemption for Pension Plans

Pension Plans Maintained by ‘Principal-Purpose Organizations’ Deemed Church Plans The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton that defined benefit pension plans established by so-called “principal-purpose organizations” are “church plans” exempted from the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), regardless of whether a church originally established the […]

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The Fiduciary Rule: What Employers Need to Know

DOL Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy During Phased Implementation Ending Jan. 1, 2018 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Fiduciary Rule is expected to take effect June 9, 2017, subject to the DOL’s temporary enforcement policy, outlined below. The Fiduciary Rule generally treats persons who provide investment advice or recommendations for a fee or other compensation […]

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How to Keep Your Employees Motivated This Summer

Workplace Flexibility and Changes to Daily Routines May Help Keep Employees Focused The warm weather and eagerly anticipated outdoor activities of summer may take a toll on your workers’ concentration. If you’re noticing a lack of focus among your employees during this time of year, consider the following ideas to help keep them motivated: Encourage […]

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