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The November Hot Topics Issue

November 7, 2017

In an ABC News-Washington Post poll, 14 million women reported being sexually abused in work-related incidents. 23% of these women experienced sexual harassment from someone who had influence over their work situation. To help squelch sexual harassment in the office and beyond, here are five things companies should do.

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IRS Updates Employer Mandate FAQs: Indicates that Penalty Letters are Imminent

November 7, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions – also known as the “pay or play” mandate.  In particular, questions 55 through 58 provide guidance for employers who may be subject to shared responsibility payments.  The FAQs indicate that the IRS will begin sending penalty letters to applicable large employers (ALEs) that owe penalties for calendar year 2015 “in late 2017.”  Around this time last year, the IRS had indicated that penalty letters for 2015 would be coming “in early 2017;” however, those letters never materialized.  Based on the latest update to its FAQs, it appears that the IRS has worked out the kinks in its systems and is prepared to begin sending penalty letters.

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Health Care Reform and Benefits Newsletter

October 24, 2017

Question: Our company’s group medical plan covers in-network preventive care, including contraceptives, at 100%. Do the new federal rules about exemptions from mandated contraceptive coverage affect us?

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IRS Increases Health FSA Contribution Limit for 2018, Adjusts Other Benefit Limits

October 23, 2017

On October 20, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2017-58, which raises the health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) salary reduction contribution limit by $50 to $2,650 for plan years beginning in 2018. The Revenue Procedure also contains the cost-of-living adjustments that apply to dollar limitations in certain sections of the Internal Revenue Code.  The following summarizes other adjustments relevant to individuals and employer sponsors of welfare and fringe benefit plans.

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