USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2017

Certain Petitions Continue to Be Accepted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2017. Background The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United […]

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California: Prevailing Wage Determinations for Certain Public Works Projects May Not Be Below $10.50 Per Hour

Prevailing Wage Rates Apply to Public Works Projects of More than $1,000 The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has released a notice stating that the prevailing wage determinations for workers on certain public works projects may not be below $10.50 per hour. Background The prevailing rate is generally defined as the basic hourly rate […]

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Reminder to Employers: Post OSHA 300A Summary by February 1, 2017

Certain Employers Subject to OSH Act Must Post Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses from February 1 – April 30 Employers subject to the recordkeeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act are reminded to post the OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, from February 1 – April 30, 2017. […]

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Risk Management & Loss Control: Evaluating a claim by the numbers

For the first time in history, there are five generations together in the workforce. Pair that with the constant evolution of technology and a truly global supply chain, and there are major changes in the way business is done. While much of business has moved to a digital platform allowing work to be performed from […]

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Hawaii Granted Waiver to Discontinue Operation of SHOP Marketplace

Waiver Impacts Employers’ Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Eligibility The U.S Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have approved the State of Hawaii’s application for a waiver from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that it operate a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace. The waiver is effective from January 1, […]

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New Expiration Date for Employer CHIP, COBRA General, and COBRA Election Notices is December 31, 2019

Model Notices Previously Expired on December 31, 2016 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the effective date of its model Employer CHIP Notice, General Notice of COBRA Rights, and COBRA Election Notice through December 31, 2019. Previously, these model notices expired on December 31, 2016.  No other changes have been made to these […]

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New Health Changes: The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) is a federal law that generally prevents group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits. MHPAEA originally […]

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Key Facts About Information Reporting for Employers and Health Coverage Providers

Overview of the Purpose of Forms 1094 & 1095 and Reporting Deadlines The information reporting provisions under the Affordable Care Act require insurers, self-insuring employers, and large employers to submit information returns to the IRS and individuals reporting on health coverage. The IRS is reminding employers and health coverage providers about the types of forms, […]

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LA Kings Quarterly Event

At ARIS, we’re family. And after every quarter, we go out and celebrate our current successes and do some team-building exercises. January was not only the beginning of a new year, but celebrating our last quarter from 2016, so we all decided to celebrate with hockey. The ARIS team went to the LA Kings hockey […]

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Reminder: W-2 Filing Deadline is Now January 31

New Deadline to File W-2s and Certain 1099s The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding employers of the new January 31 filing deadline for Forms W-2. New Filing Deadline Employers are now required to file their copies of Form W-2 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) by January 31. The new January 31 filing deadline […]

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