IRS closes ACA minimum value health plan loophole

The Internal Revenue Service, in a surprise move Tuesday, said it will not qualify employer-sponsored health plans that fail to cover inpatient hospitalization as meeting the minimum value health plan standard under the Affordable Care Act.  See how this could affect you or your employer clients. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.… Read More »

Notification of Increase Announced by the California Department of Insurance

Earlier this week, the California Department of Insurance announced a fee increase by 10%.  To review the bulletin and fee schedule, click on the link below. Notification of Fee Increase, Bulletin No. 2013-3… Read More »

CalChamber Releases List of New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2014

The California Chamber of Commerce released a list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2014 (or earlier) that will have an impact on businesses in California.  The new laws will change areas such as: * Wage & Hour * Discrimination & Retaliation Protections * Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants * Leave &… Read More »

CA Resident Ethics Training Requirement

Beginning January 1, 2014 CA Resident Licensed Agents & Brokers will be required to complete 3 hours (not 4) of Ethics Training Every 2 Year License Term As a California non-resident licensee, the Ethics Training requirement does not apply to you.  However, you are required to complete the continuing education course requirements of your home… Read More »

Use Caution When Giving Out Personal Information for the Upcoming Healthcare Reform

CA DOI Taking Proactive Enforcement Steps to Protect Consumers with Rollout of Healthcare Reform Sacramento, California (09/24/13) – As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves forward, and the October 1 launch of the state health benefit exchange (Covered California) nears, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is reminding consumers to be vigilant about protecting… Read More »

Government Launches ACA Compliance Website for Employers

Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (08/01/13) – WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop Website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them… Read More »

Which Employers Must Pay the New ‘PCORI’ Fee Due July 31?

Which Employers Must Pay the New ‘PCORI’ Fee Due July 31? Some employers face a July 31 deadline to pay a new fee required under the Affordable Care Act. The fee must be paid by employers who sponsor self-insured health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements and flexible spending arrangements. The new requirement may take some… Read More »

Labor Forecast Predicts 6.4% Increase in Demand for Temporary Workers

Labor Forecast Predicts 6.4% Increase in Demand for Temporary Workers Demand for temporary workers in the United States is expected to increase 6.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the 2013 3rd quarter, when compared with the same period in 2012, according to the Palmer Forecast™, released today. The Palmer Forecast™ indicated a 5.9% increase… Read More »