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DOL Introduces Dual Fringe Rates for SCA

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As we previously reported last week, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the prevailing health and welfare fringe benefits rate under the Service Contract Act. The increase, $4.41 per hour from $4.27, is effective August 1, 2017. A significant item of note in this year's All Agency Memorandum 225 (AAM 225) is the introduction of a ... Read More

Tax Treatment of Voluntary Fixed Indemnity Health Benefits

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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

2015 Rate Increase Announced for SCA Health and Welfare Fringe Benefits

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The U.S. Department of Labor has released its annual memorandum noting a rate increase for Service Contract Act (SCA) Health and Welfare Fringe Benefits. The new rate is $4.27 per hour (up from $4.02 per hour last year) and is required in all government contract bids, or other service contracts awarded on or after June 30, 2015. SCA benefit chan ... Read More

Department of Labor Releases Workplace Wellness Programs Research Report

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published a report on Workplace Wellness Programs, an analysis of services offered, participation and incentives. Click here for the full report. The report focuses two sets of data: Analysis of Employer Survey Which Employer Characteristics Predict Program Availability and Use of Incentives? ... Read More