New Expiration Date for Health Insurance Exchange Notices is May 31, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended the effective date of its model Health Insurance Exchange Notices through May 31, 2020. Previously, these model notices were set to expire on May 31, 2017. No other changes have been made to these notices. Click here to access the model notices with the new expiration… Continue reading New Expiration Date for Health Insurance Exchange Notices is May 31, 2020

Join Us at Capital District WERC’s Annual First Impressions Second Chances Event June 6th

Austin & Co. is excited to, once again, be sponsoring the Annual First Impressions Second Chances event of The Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC). It is always an extraordinary evening that benefits the women of WERC. Join us June 6, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at The Crossings of Colonie. Individual tickets are… Continue reading Join Us at Capital District WERC’s Annual First Impressions Second Chances Event June 6th

Reminder: Use of New SBC Template and Related Documents Now Required

As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Labor previously released new versions of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template, instructions, uniform glossary, and related documents that are required for use on or after April 1, 2017. Under the Affordable Care Act, group health plans and health insurance issuers are generally required to provide a… Continue reading Reminder: Use of New SBC Template and Related Documents Now Required

NYC Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About or Relying on an Applicant’s Salary History

New York City has passed a local law prohibiting employers from inquiring about or relying on an applicant’s salary history. Highlights of the local law are presented below. Prohibited Actions Under the local law, it is generally an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer, employment agency, or employee (or agent thereof): To inquire about the salary history of an applicant; or To rely on… Continue reading NYC Prohibits Employers from Inquiring About or Relying on an Applicant’s Salary History

New Individual Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Dates Announced

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule which, among other things, amends the timing of the annual Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year and modifies the rules for Marketplace special enrollment periods. New Individual Marketplace Open Enrollment Period The final rule changes… Continue reading New Individual Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Dates Announced

Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

Employers who used a version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that was downloaded between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should review those forms to ensure their employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1 of the form. Social Security Number Glitch U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reporting that there was a glitch when… Continue reading Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

IRS ‘Pay or Play’ Letters for 2015 Penalties Expected to Be Issued in 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it expects the letters informing applicable large employers (ALEs) that filed Forms 1094-C and 1095-C of their potential liability for a “pay or play” payment for the 2015 calendar year (with reporting in 2016) to be issued in 2017. Going forward, the agency intends to issue letters informing ALEs that… Continue reading IRS ‘Pay or Play’ Letters for 2015 Penalties Expected to Be Issued in 2017