ACA Pay or Play Penalties Increase in 2021

The Adjusted Penalty Amounts for 2021 are $2,700 and $4,060

Under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (pay or play) rules, applicable large employers—generally those who have 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees)—may be subject to a penalty if they do not offer affordable coverage that provides minimum value to their full-time employees and their dependent children.

Medicare Part D Notices Coming Due

Requirement Applies to Employers that Offer Prescription Drug Coverage

Employers who sponsor group health plans that offer prescription drug coverage to Medicare-eligible individuals must provide a Medicare Part D Creditable or Non-Creditable Coverage Notice to those individuals before October 15.

These notices inform Medicare-eligible individuals whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is expected to pay,


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Don’t Forget to File Form 5500

Each year, employee benefit plan administrators are generally required to file a return/report regarding the plan’s financial condition, investments and operations. This annual reporting obligation is generally satisfied by filing the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan.

Form 5500 must be filed annually for employer-sponsored welfare plans with 100 or more participants as of the beginning of the plan year.

IRS Announced HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

On May 5, 2017, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2017-37 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018.

The HSA contribution limits will increase effective January 1, 2018, while the HDHP limits will increase effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan.

DOL Overtime Rule: Update

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule is unlikely to come to fruition.  The rule – which was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, 2016 – was delayed by federal court injunction on Nov. 22, 2016.  In December, the DOL filed for an expedited appeal of the court injunction.

However, on Jan.