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Disability Income Protection is an Employee Benefits Rising Star | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

According to recent studies disability income is a rising star in the employee benefits market. This is due to a variety of factors. Most poignantly insurance company attempts to court and educate employee benefit advisers about the product, historically low national unemployment and financial impact of the recent tax reforms.In discussions with successful financial and … Continued

5 Ways AI Is Revolutionizing Health Care | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

New technologies are poised to fundamentally change the HR industry as we know it. Just as the smartphone revolutionized the way we communicate, artificial intelligence will reshape all areas of HR, from employee onboarding to learning management to developing top talent. And, similar to smartphones, these changes will take place at lightning speed.But what exactly … Continued

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News.When considering a job offer, these types of benefits are top of … Continued

IRS Issues Updated Employers Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued its 2018 Publication 15-B, which informs employers about employment tax treatment of fringe benefits.Updates include:the suspension of qualified bicycle commuting reimbursements from an employee’s income for any tax year after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026;the suspension of the exclusion for qualified moving expense reimbursements from an … Continued

2017 UBA Healthplan Survey | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

It was recently unveiled the latest findings from our 2017 Health Plan Survey. With data on 20,099 health plans sponsored by 11,221 employers, the UBA survey is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined. To learn more, watch this short video below.

IRS Updates Guidance on Play-or-Pay Penalty Assessments | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Beginning in 2015, to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large” employers must offer their full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility / play-or-pay penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the penalty each calendar year after employees have filed their federal tax returns.In November 2017, … Continued

Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law. The Cures Act provides a method for certain small employers to reimburse individual health coverage premiums up to a dollar limit through HRAs called “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements” (QSE HRAs). The provision went into effect on January 1, 2017. On October … Continued

UBA Survey: Weary Families Get a Break While Singles See Out-of-Pocket Cost Increases | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

While the rate impact of the regulatory environment plays out, one thing is clear from the 2017 UBA Health Plan Survey: employers continue to shift a greater share of expenses to employees through out-of-pocket cost increases. While this is just one of 7 mega trends uncovered in the survey, it is particularly interesting this year … Continued

Latest IRS ACA Round Up (Including 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments) | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the instructions for Forms 1094/1095 for the 2017 tax year, announced PCORI fees for 2017-18, and announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018. The IRS provided additional guidance on leave-based donation programs’ tax treatment and released an information letter on COBRA and Medicare. Here’s a recap of these actions for … Continued

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