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What you need to know about the Blue Cross Blue Shield Class Action Lawsuit

Following an eight-year class action antitrust legal battle, the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association and its affiliates agreed to a $2.67 billion settlement. The lawsuit charged that the various Association plans agreed not to compete with each other and to limit competition among...


Missouri minimum wage increases

Effective January 1, Missouri minimum wage increased from $9.45 to $10.30 per hour for all private, non-exempt businesses. This rate will continue to increase by $0.85 each year through 2023. This change will not apply to public employers or retail and service businesses with less than $500,000...


COVID-19 workplace guidance released

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new workplace safety guidance to help prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19. The guidance emphasizes the importance of mask wearing, social distancing and risk mitigation. Employees and employers are encouraged to work together...


IRS reporting forms to employees due March 2

Again this year, the IRS extended the deadline for employers to meet the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employee reporting obligations. Recipient 2020 information returns must be received by March 2, 2021, rather than January 31. The IRS must receive paper forms by February 28, and those filing...


Wellness program incentives in question

If the proposed EEOC wellness rules are accepted by the Biden administration, most wellness programs that make disability-related inquiries or require a medical examination may only offer a “de minimis” award in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or Genetic...


EEOC proposed wellness regulations on hold

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released proposed rules on January 7 that would address the level of incentives employers could offer employees to encourage participation in a wellness program. 


Fraudulent unemployment claims skyrocket

The rise in fraudulent unemployment claims throughout the country has soared this year. Criminals, using stolen personally identifiable information (PII), are submitting online claims hoping to cash in on the chaos and uncertainty within companies and government offices created by the pandemic.


IRS increases 2021 PCORI fee

The annual Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plans ending between October 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, is $2.66. This is an increase from the 2020 rate of $2.54.


Can employers declare flu shots mandatory?

In the midst of a global pandemic, and with flu season around the corner, employers are struggling to find ways to keep the workplace healthy and safe. 


6 ways to improve employee mental health

A pandemic can have negative effects on your employees’ mental health. Use the strategies below to show employees your support for their emotional state.


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Episode 12: Enrich your company's HSA benefits

Uncover the hidden benefits of health savings accounts (HSAs). Our in-house expert reveals why HSAs are the fast-growing employee benefit.

Episode 11: Regulation changes to know in 2020

Our compliance officer recaps the more significant regulatory from 2019 that will affect your business in 2020. 

Episode 10: Lower costs with a dependent audit

Verifying plan membership is valuable to your company's bottom line. As much as 10% of dependents on your plan could be ineligible for group coverage! Learn more about conducting a dependent audit in your organization.

Episode 9: Make open enrollment a breeze

Bukaty experts share their thoughts on how to avoid open enrollment complications. Planning and communication are key.

Episode 8: Avoiding employee lawsuits

Discover how your business could be at risk for lawsuits, and learn strategies to minimize your chances of getting sued. Our podcast guest shares HR tips you won’t want to miss.

Episode 7: Management training is more important than you realize

Don't leave your managers untrained and unprepared. This episode explores the importance of training your company leaders and how it can be detrimental to your business if you don't.

Episode 6: A benefits package for all ages

Rather than limit your company to an outdated one-size-fits-all benefit package, explore customized, generationally based benefit options for your employees. Each generation has different benefit preferences and Bukaty has the technology and benefit lineup to cater to their needs.

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