Entries by Adrienne Engel

HIPAA Privacy Rule – Are You In Compliance?

Many employers that sponsor self-insured health plans are under the assumption that their Notice of Privacy Practices covers their responsibilities under HIPAA. While the Notice of Privacy Practices is an excellent starting point, there is more to HIPAA Privacy and Security that you need to know.

Why Businesses Across the Country Should Prepare for Hurricane Season

The 2018 U.S. hurricane season was catastrophic, causing more than $50 billion in damages and 173 fatalities. It took months for business in affected regions like Florida, North Carolina and Georgia to recover from wind and flood damage. While the devastation and destruction were felt most acutely on the Atlantic coast, the impact of two major storms—Hurricanes Michael and Florence—reverberated across the U.S.

Issues to Consider for 2020 Renewals

Affordability Safe Harbors The safe harbor percentage for 2019 is 9.86% (IRS per Rev. Proc. 2018-34). The safe harbor percentage for 2020 is 9.78% (IRS per Rev. Proc. 2019-29). Employer Shared Responsibility Tax (employer mandate) – applicable to the 2018 plan year 4980(a) tax for not offering minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of […]

Affordability Percentages Will Decrease For 2020

On July 23, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2019-29 to index the contribution percentages in 2020 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2020, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed:

Abby Ferri named President of ASSP Northwest Chapter

On July 1st, Hays Vice President Abby Ferri began her tenure as President of the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Northwest Chapter. Ferri started her affiliation with ASSP in 2002 while in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety program at the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been involved as a volunteer or […]

Why You Should Be Offering Fringe Benefits

In today’s war for talent, the power unequivocally lies in the hands of the candidates. As a result, expectations for workplace benefits are rapidly shifting. Employers recognize that attractive benefit plans are critically essential to engage and retain a competent workforce, but rising costs (usually in the group health sphere) can be cost-prohibitive, hindering an organization’s ability to rework their offerings substantially.

Sara Hames to Present at ISCEBS Symposium

Sara Hames, Vice President at Hays Companies in Milwaukee, will speak at the 38th Annual International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) Symposium in September on disrupting health care through high-value providers. The ISCEBS Symposium, which will be hosted in New Orleans, is one of the largest gatherings of credentialed benefit and compensation professionals. […]

Compliance Webinar | HIPAA: Protecting Your PHI and Protecting You From Penalties

In this 1-hour webinar, presented by Hays Companies Research and Compliance Department, we present an overview of HIPAA Privacy and Security rules applicable to group health plans, as well as the latest requirements for the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) and the role of the employer as plan sponsor. Other topics include: […]