2016 HR Awards Winners Announced

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The Milwaukee Business Journal has announced the winners of its second annual HR Awards!

The HR Awards program is intended to recognize the best human resources programs or practices that have had a positive impact on employees and the overall organization. In addition to receiving cash prizes provided by Mueller QAAS CEO Jim Mueller, the winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony at the Pfister Hotel Friday May 20.

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Last Chance for 2016 HR Awards Nominations!

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The nomination deadline for the 2016 HR Awards is March 11, 2016. If you know an HR professional or team in Southeastern Wisconsin who deserves to be recognized, please nominate them at MilwaukeeBusinessJournal.com.

The HR Awards recognize the important work individuals, companies and organizations do in the field of human resources to make southeastern Wisconsin firms and organizations successful. In addition to receiving cash prizes, the winners will be honored at an awards dinner on May 20 and will ...

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ThedaCare to Leave Network Health

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ThedaCare announced last week that it will leave Network Health on December 31, 2016. The Appleton-based health system first informed the Menasha-based health insurer last month that it would not continue the five year partnership that was due to expire at the end of July. The new extension will give Network Health employer groups and members extra time to adapt to the change, but will still result in significant disruption in the Northeast Wisconsin health insurance market.

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7 Weeks Left for HR Awards Nominations

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The Milwaukee Business Journal is now accepting nominations for its second annual HR Awards. The HR Awards recognize the important work individuals, companies and organizations do in the field of human resources to make southeastern Wisconsin firms and organizations successful. In addition to receiving cash prizes, the winners will be honored at an awards dinner on May 20 and will be featured in a special section in the Business Journal. You can read about last year’s winners Continue Reading →

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ACA Reporting Deadlines Delayed

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Yesterday the IRS released Notice 2016-4, which delays the ACA reporting due dates for both furnishing forms to individuals and filing forms with the IRS. This is welcome news to many employers who are scrambling to complete their first effort at reporting, which must cover the 2015 plan year.

The delay gives employers an extra two months to furnish forms to individuals by changing the deadline from February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Employers have an extra three months ...

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Hardship Exemption for those with Canceled Policies

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On December 19, 2013 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two options for those whose policies had been canceled because they did not comply with the reforms required by the Affordable Care Act.  Previously, the Obama Administration allowed insurers to renew existing health plans that did not comply with the ACA for one more year, but many states did not elect that transitional relief.

Now, an individual whose individual market policy was canceled will be eligible for a ...

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The Domino Effect of President Obama Allowing the Continued Sale of Canceled Plans

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On November 14, 2013, President Obama held a press conference to announce that the health plans currently being canceled by health insurance companies because they violate coverage standards within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may continue to be sold to current enrollees for one more year.  The ACA created new coverage standards that require a comprehensive set of benefits, modified community rating standards, guaranteed availability and renewability of coverage, nondiscrimination, and a prohibition of pre-existing condition exclusions.  There is little ...

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Notice of Exchange: Must becomes Should

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has stated in an FAQ that no fine or penalty will be given to an employer that fails to timely provide the Notice of Exchange to all employees.  Previously, an employer was required to mail a Notice of Exchange to the home of all employees informing them of new health insurance options available on the Exchange.  This delay causes more harm than good, as the October 1 deadline is less than a month away and ...

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The Affordable Care Act is Not Shutdown

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On October 1, 2013, Congress did not pass legislation to fund federal agencies in a Republican and Democrat showdown over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Thus, the federal government has “shutdown.”  Unfortunately, the shutdown coincides with the beginning of enrollment in health care exchanges.

Despite the shutdown, implementation of the ACA will continue.  The majority of staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are out on furlough, but contractors are operating as usual.  It is likely ...

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Out of Pocket Maximum Limits on Health Plans Delayed until 2015

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The Obama administration has delayed implementation of the out of pocket maximum for health insurance plans until 2015.  This consumer protection provision limited consumer’s out of pocket expenses to $6,350 for single coverage.  Now, health insurers that use more more than one service provider to administer benefits receive transitional relief in 2014.   Plans with multiple providers can continue separate out of pocket maximums for medical and drug benefits, and drug plans that do not have an out of pocket ...

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