The ETC HR and Compliance Blog

I couldn’t help but marvel a bit over two posts on the U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour web site last month. One detailed a recently resolved case in which an employer, a car wash, was found to be in violation of the Fair...

QUESTION: We have a fully insured group health plan. The insurer provides a state-law required certificate of insurance booklet that describes the coverage provided under the plan. Can we use that booklet as the summary plan description (SPD) for this plan? ANSWER: The booklet probably cannot serve as...

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the results of its most recent audit of the IRS’ implementation of the employer shared responsibility enforcement process. The general takeaway from the report is that the IRS will continue moving forward with its enforcement efforts and making improvements to its systems to better identify employer mandate noncompliance.

Section 4980H of the Affordable Care Act requires “applicable large employers” (ALEs) to offer affordable coverage to full-time employees or risk exposure to employer shared responsibility penalties. As background, ALEs are those employers who employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees and full-time...

Summer is always a good time to review Wage and Hour regulatory issues since you might have teens in the workforce.  Here are the three versions of the finer points of how to handle minors who may drive on the job, even if just to...

When employees accuse each other of harassment at work it doesn’t have to equal losses for employers. When an employer can demonstrate due diligence in preventing and remedying cases of harassment, unfair claims have less of a chance. Here’s a case where an employee lost...

Preamble: How This Might Help Employers It is important to understand the life cycle of a lawsuit.  Lawsuits can be extremely frustrating, time consuming and expensive.  The sooner the suit can be resolved (by dismissal, settlement or otherwise) the better for all  parties and ESPECIALLY the Defendant who is the...

President Trump Signs Executive Order Intended to Expand Exemptions from ACA Market Reforms On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health & Human Services (HHS), and Treasury to implement certain changes, primarily intended to exempt more small group and individual...