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Question of the Week

Q.- We employed 10 full time employees and 5 part time employees at the end of 2017. In July 2018, we hired our 20th full time employee. In August, an employee who was on our health coverage quit. Do we have to offer him COBRA?

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DOL Directives on EEO Compliance and Religious Freedom Protection

The United States Department of Labor recently announced two new policy directives for federal contractors. The directives focus on ensuring equal employment opportunity (EEO) and protecting Americans’ religious freedom.

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Question of the Week

Q.- We have a 7/1 FSA plan year. An employee elected to participate in the health FSA, but she did not realize she was ineligible since her husband’s health plan includes a health savings account. Can we let her revoke her FSA election?

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Life Changes and Benefit Choices

Benefits offered to employees through a Code section 125 cafeteria plan must follow certain rules to maintain a tax-favored status. The IRS allows employees to pay for coverage with pre-tax dollars in exchange for the health plan following certain rules. One of the rules is that benefit elections may not be changed during the plan year unless the participant experiences an IRS-approved mid-year change event.

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Question of the Week

Q.- Can sunscreen be reimbursed from a health flexible spending account plan?

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Worker Records Required under FLSA

Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must keep records for each non-exempt worker. The records must include accurate information about the employee, the hours worked and the wages earned. There is no required form for the records. The following is a listing of the records that an employer must maintain:

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Question of the Week

Q.- Do we have to offer COBRA to an employee who we know is moving overseas?  She won’t be able to use our health coverage since we only offer HMOs.

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Exemption to Overtime Rule for Seasonal Federal Workers

As people enjoy the summer months visiting federal parks and other landmarks, many don’t think about the people working at those destinations. Last month, the President issued an Executive Order modifying the minimum wage requirements for federal seasonal recreational workers.

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