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ANNUAL ENROLLMENT 

The following can be customized to reflect your organizations benefit offerings. The first can be tailored as a 14-page booklet taking employees through their benefit choices; the later is a 45-slide health enrollment preparation guide for you and your staff.  Contact Touchstone if you would prefer to receive the PowerPoint version, or if we can help you in any way with your annual enrollment process.

  • Welcome to Open Enrollment!     #22898
  • Health Plan Enrollment – Rules and Strategies Presentation     #143973

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HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS

The following articles complement the information provided in Touchstone’s September newsletter on promoting HSAs. These new articles focus on compliance concerns for your benefits staff.

  • Compliance Overview: Health Savings Account (HSA) Contribution Limits for Spouses    #143444
  • Compliance Overview: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) – Reporting Rules     #143519

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PENALTIES IMPOSED BY THE IRS AND DOL

Penalty amounts and agency enforcement efforts are increasing. Plan sponsors need to maintain compliant plans and be mindful of deadlines.

  • HR Brief: October 2016     #131178
    • IRS ACA Penalty Assessments are Forthcoming
  • Benefits Bulletin: 4th Quarter 2016     #131136
    • DOL Increases Penalties for Health Plan Violations

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HEALTH PLAN COMPLIANCE CONCERNS

The following articles cover several requirements for keeping your health plan in line with federal requirements. Please contact Touchstone if we can be of assistance.

  • ACA Compliance Bulletin: Proposed Notice of Benefit & Payment Parameters for 2018   #131224
  • Benefits Buzz, October 2016:     #131150
    • Get Ready for ACA Reporting Deadlines
  • Benefits Toolkit: 1095 Reporting     #133972

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DECEMBER 1st DEADLINE TO COMPLY WITH NEW OVERTIME RULE

Below are a few resources to help your Human Resources and Finance staffs determine the best ways to comply with the recently announced revisions to the white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime pay rules. (Contact Touchstone if you would like to receive the 40+ page presentation as a PowerPoint.)

  • Benefits Bulletin: 4th Quarter 2016     #131136
    • New Overtime Rule Goes into Effect December 1st.
  • Understanding the DOL’s New Overtime Rules (presentation)     #143502
  • HR Brief: October 2016     #131178
    • Overtime and the FMLA Leave Entitlement

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NEW IDEAS TO CONSIDER

Account for inevitable changes and evaluate appropriate responses when looking ahead to your plan designs for next year.

  • Benefits Bulletin: 4th Quarter 2016     #131136
    • How the 2016 Election Could Affect Health Care
  • Benefits Buzz, October 2016:     #131150
    • Marketplaces to Offer “Simple Choice Plans” for 2017
  • Benefits Insights: Salary-based Health Insurance Premiums       #143892

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STATE EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES

After a quiet summer, our library researchers have added new articles on state-mandated programs in the states of Indiana, New York, and Washington.

  • Indiana – Workers Compensation: Claims Process     #143512
  • Indiana – Workers Compensation: Employee Benefits     #143511
  • Indiana – Workers Compensation: Employee Eligibility     #143394
  • Indiana – Workers Compensation: Employer Penalties     #143402
  • Indiana – Workers Compensation: Employer Responsibilities     #143513
  • New York – Public Goods Pool Surcharge     #143966
  • Washington state – Workers Compensation: Claims Process     #143753
  • Washington state – Workers Compensation: Employee Benefits     #143754
  • Washington state – Workers Compensation: Employee Eligibility     #143534
  • Washington state – Workers Compensation: Employer Penalties     #143527
  • Washington state – Workers Compensation: Employer Responsibilities     #143752

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WELLNESS NOTES

Use one of these short pieces to add to your employee newsletter:

  • Live Well, Work Well Newsletter, October 2016:     #131076
    • Halloween Safety Tips
    • Prevent Backpack-related Injuries
    • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    • Recipe: Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

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CAN SOCIAL MEDIA HELP YOU DO YOUR JOB?

Consider how social media might be utilized to help you reach customers, employees, or job candidates in a new way.

  • Infographic: Why Use Social Media?       #143238
  • Succeed with Social Media: Snapchat     #143042

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OVERVIEW OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

This article summarizes the requirements of the ADA and provides links to resources for more detailed information.

  • Compliance Overview: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)     #143215