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June 16th, 2016

Let’s Play Whack-An-ACA-Rule!

WARNING: This is a whimsical look at the difficulty of combining several agency rules with compliance under the ACA. If you have any questions regarding the compliance issues raised in this piece, contact your Hays Team representative and we can provide more detailed guidance. If you have ever been to a state fair or an Read More

May 2nd, 2016

2017 HSA Limits and ACA Out-Of-Pocket Maximums

Although it is only spring, we now have official guidance on health savings account (HSA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) limits for 2017 plan years.  As before, these two requirements have different limits that will need to be addressed to ensure that a high deductible health plan complies with ACA requirements. On April 27, 2016, Read More

April 22nd, 2016

Cyber Attacks Target Utilities; IT Risk Managers Now on Alert

Earlier this year, cyber terrorists launched a well-organized and highly effective attack that cut power to millions serviced by Ukrainian electricity distribution companies, the first verified and successful intrusion into a utility information technology (IT) network. The sophisticated attack was launched through a well-planned campaign that sent fake emails containing a BlackEnergy-type computer virus to Read More

April 21st, 2016

How Comfortable Are We Getting With Disrupters?

Most Disrupters aren’t all that disruptive anymore. Everyone, including our children, have become quite comfortable with Disrupters and the positive impact they have on business and our everyday lives. A true Disrupter turns a product or service upside-down and inside-out. Consider one of the biggest Disrupters in recent history — the personal computer. Think of Read More

April 15th, 2016

The Latest Hays Compliance Department Updates

Recently, updated guidance has been received from the Federal Government with respect to the ACA, including release of updated health plan “Benefit and Payment Parameters” for 2017. For your information, we have summarized these updates below. 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters: On February 29, 2016,  the US Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury and Labor Read More

March 14th, 2016

Professional Safety Magazine Features Hays Risk Control Expert

The art of risk assessment requires more than just knowledge — it also requires creativity and imagination to successfully anticipate, recognize, assess and treat potential risks. Organizations that harness these skills can develop more effective risk management strategies to bolster their strategic goals, says Bruce Lyon, Hays Companies Director of Risk Control, in the cover Read More

March 3rd, 2016

Introducing EventGuard

Hays Companies is proud to announce the launch of EventGuard, our event cancelation insurance program. EventGuard provides valuable coverage for lost revenue and expenses incurred from a delay or cancelation of an event. Whether you are planning a concert, festival, sporting event or simply a conference or convention, Hays Companies will cover you in case Read More

February 16th, 2016

Razor Scooter & Hays Companies: An Integrated Partnership

See why Razor Scooter Chief Financial Officer, Larry Rosolowski has turned to Hays Companies for 10+ years for Employee Benefits, Risk Management and Commercial Insurance.

January 11th, 2016

The Latest Hays Compliance Department Updates

The end of 2015 brought more Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidance.  On December 16, 2015, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2015-87, providing further guidance on the application of certain ACA group health market reforms.  Many of the changes are applicable to plan years beginning on or after December 16, 2015, however, some of these changes Read More

December 29th, 2015

ACA Reporting Deadlines Delayed

Today the Internal Revenue Service presented employers with an early holiday gift. The IRS released Notice 2016-4 to delay the due dates for the 2015 information reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Specifically the notice extends the due dates for: Furnishing the 2015 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals, from Feb. 1, 2016, Read More