Category Archives: Benefits Administration

New Tax Law Provisions Affect Employee Benefit Programs

By | ACA, Affordable Care Act, Benefits Administration, FMLA, Government Contact | No Comments
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) recently enacted by Congress will soon become effective. The primary focus of the new law is the reduction of corporate and individual income taxes. Nevertheless, a number of provisions of the Act affect employee benefit programs, which are summarized below. Except as otherwise noted, these employee be ... Read More

Tax Treatment of Voluntary Fixed Indemnity Health Benefits

By | Benefits Administration, Government Contractors, IRS, Uncategorized | No Comments
Last week, the IRS's Office of Chief Counsel released a Memorandum announcing that benefits paid under a fixed indemnity health benefit program that is either funded by the employer, or funded by employees through contributions made on a pre-tax basis, are included in the employee’s gross income as taxable wages. This would require the employer ... Read More

Labor Secretary Announces Upcoming Paid Leave Mandate For Government Contractors

By | Benefits Administration, Department of Labor, Government Contact, Government Contractors | No Comments
At a recent roundtable hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor, US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez spoke briefly, applauding national business leaders such as Nestle global CEO Paul Bulcke and executives from companies like Spotify and active sportswear retailer Patagonia Inc. for having paid leave policies in place for their employees. But while th ... Read More

The Advantages of Pooling SCA and Non-SCA Benefit Claims ‎Should Not Be Overlooked by Federal Contractors

By | ACA, Affordable Care Act, Benefits Administration, Government Contractors, H&W, Hour & Wage, SCA, Service Contract Act | No Comments
There is a common misconception, often repeated by so called "experts" in our field, that is preventing many federal contractors from maximizing cost effectiveness in the allocation of H&W dollars on SCA contracts. A recent article written by nationally recognized attorney, author and speaker Walter W. Miller explains how contractors ... Read More