We’re All. Together. Connected. This is the place where you’ll find the latest Hays news and industry developments.

November 9th, 2018

2018 W-2s and Your Employee Benefits

The January 31st W-2 deadline will be here before you know it, and there’s a lot your team needs to prepare between now and then. There are employee health and wellness benefits to keep in mind, much of which is outlined in the IRS’s 2018 General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. Below are the Read More

November 5th, 2018

2019 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for defined contribution and defined benefit plans for tax year 2019.  These items were detailed in Notice 2018-83. Highlights of Changes for 2019 The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Read More

November 2nd, 2018

Compliance Bulletin: Proposed Rule Would Expand Options For HRAs

Overview On Oct. 23, 2018, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule that would expand the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Effective in 2020, the proposed rule would: Allow HRAs to be used to reimburse the cost of individual market premiums on a Read More

October 31st, 2018

Webinar: Employer Reporting – Here Come the 1095s

2018 marks the fourth year for which Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must report offers of health coverage to full-time employees to the IRS on Form 1094-C, and provide Employee Statements (Form 1095-C).  The deadline for providing Form 1095 to employees is January 31, 2019.  Employers must file Form 1094-C and copies of Form 1095-C by Read More

October 22nd, 2018

Hays Companies Enters into Agreement to Join Brown & Brown, Inc.

(Minneapolis, MN)  Jim Hays, Chief Executive Officer of Hays Companies, and J. Scott Penny, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), today announced that Brown & Brown, Inc. (Brown & Brown) has entered into an agreement to acquire selected assets of the Hays Companies insurance operations.  The transaction is expected to close in Read More

October 17th, 2018

Hays Intern Selected as The Council Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Katie O’Keefe, a student at Drake University and a summer intern in the Hays Marketing Department, has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 academic scholarship for the 2018-19 year academic year, as announced by The Council Foundation. The Council Foundation has maintained a competitive scholarship program for over ten years, for which top Read More

October 2nd, 2018

Compliance Webinar: Annual Review and a Look Into 2019

2018 was another eventful year for Employee Benefits and Compliance.  Presented by the Hays Benefits Research and Compliance Department, this recorded webinar is an opportunity to get ready for 2019 and ensure you are in compliance with the new laws and changes for the upcoming year. Topics include: What to do if you get a Read More

September 25th, 2018

Hurricane Impacts – The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Large scale catastrophic events can have significant impacts to your business for many reasons.  The most obvious is direct damage to your facilities, which can also result in impaired operations.  However, there are many secondary issues which can have detrimental effects. Utilities (including power, water, sewer, gas, etc.) often become unreliable due to wind damage Read More

September 17th, 2018

What’s Next After Hurricane Florence?

Hays is here to help. When trying to clean up the damage caused by a storm of this magnitude, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. We have you covered with our dedicated disaster recovery team. After receiving the official announcement from authorities that it is safe to return and you find you have Read More

September 13th, 2018

Hurricane Preparation and Recovery – Claims Guidelines

Hays is standing by to assist clients who have been affected by Hurricane Florence; including those with facilities that have been directly impacted or experiencing supply chain disruptions. If this is an emergency, please contact our Emergency Claims Hotline at 1-844-239-4937 or via email at hurricaneclaims@hayscompanies.com Hays has the expertise to support you with navigating the complicated Read More