Category Archives: Regulatory & Compliance Updates

July 18, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – Repeal & Replace Efforts Fail Again

Less than five days after the Senate released the second version of its Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed once again. If the BRCA had any chance of passing, Republicans could lose only two votes.  With this difficult number to maintain, there was […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – July 2017

Hand Tools Hand tools by definition are not powered by a secondary source. Instead they rely on the force, strength and skill of the user to function properly. Hand tools usually don’ get much consideration on the jobsite, but they should. The potential for injury from commonly used hand tools is always present. A broken […]

June 29, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – Senate GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act Update

    June 29, 2017 Senate GOP’s Better Care Reconciliation Act Update Senate Republicans released their health reform overhaul – the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” – late last week after weeks of intrigue. Highlights of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) can be found below. A vote on the bill was intended to […]

RMSC Safety Sentinel – June 2017

Safety Sentinel – June 2017 Management Accountability for Safety Results Most organizations devote considerable time and effort in developing business plans that establish goals for revenue, production, quality and customer satisfaction among others. The development of business plans generally involves input from numerous individuals and departments. The plan details what role each department and individual […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – June 2017

Five Tips for Wet-Weather Driving Every year, an average of 5,748,000 vehicle crashes occur in the U.S., according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). One of the top contributors to this statistic is inclement weather. Of the nearly six million vehicle crashes that occur in the U.S., weather-related accidents account for 22% […]

IRS Reduces Affordability Percentages for 2018

June 8, 2017 Announced in IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-36, for plan years beginning in 2018, employer-sponsored health plan coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed 9.56 % of the employee’s household income for the year, for purposes of both the pay or play rules and premium […]

June 1, 2017 – Compliance Observer Alert – 2017 PCORI Fees

Applies to:  Self-Insured Health Plans, including HRAs & FSAs With the release of IRS Notice 2016-64, the IRS provided that the PCORI fee (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee) also called the CER fee (Comparative Effectiveness Research Fee) for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2016, and before October 1, 2017, is $2.26 per […]

Fleet Safety Newsletter – May 2017

Bicyclists & Other Cyclist A total of 817 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2015. This represents a 13 percent increase from 2014 and the highest number of bicyclist deaths since 1995. In 2015, 88 percent of bicyclist deaths were those ages 20 and older. Deaths among bicyclists younger than 20 have declined 88 percent […]

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