Bukaty Blog

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...

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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...

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Utilize nontraditional training to keep employees sharp

Training employees is good for your bottom line and can be done virtually now. Online training was growing in popularity prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, but recent social gathering concerns have quickened that growth. There are several benefits to instructor-led virtual training.

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Know your insurance claims obligations

Insurance policies contractually obligate policyholders to report all claims to their insurance carrier. Know what your responsibilities are and understand the consequences of not fulfilling your responsibilities under the contract.

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Pandemic underscores importance of technology

With tens of millions of employees working from home in recent months, employers experienced first-hand the importance of technology to keep operations moving. Even though travel and face-to-face meetings came to halt, technology supported many business processes remotely.

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BUKATY PODCAST

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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