Fringe Benefits News.

Acosta as the New Labor Secretary
In April, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor, making him the first Hispanic in President Trump’s cabinet.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
FY18 Department of Labor Budget Request
The US Department of Labor... released its proposed FY18 budget. The budget includes $9.7 billion in discretionary spending, which is a $2.4 billion decrease from FY17.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017
On May 2, the House of Representative passed H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 to permit private-sector employees to “bank” overtime hours for later compensated time off.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
American Health Care Reform Act of 2017
This spring, the House passed the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCA) of 2017, a bill aimed at changing portions of the current health care system.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
DOL Proposes New Paid Family Leave Plan
The Department of Labor (DOL) proposed budget for 2018 introduced a paid family leave plan that supports the goal of investing in priorities that provide working families access to paid leave.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2017
American Health Care Act Pulled Before House Vote
The first step by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has experienced a setback. The American Health Care Act (AHCA), released in early March and passed by both the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees, was withdrawn from floor consideration by Speaker Paul Ryan because it did not have enough support.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
FCE Adding Value Through Education
At FCE, we believe in the importance of top-quality customer service. That is why we are committed to providing ongoing education and training to our workforce that focuses on providing best-in-class services to our clients and members.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Act Overturns Obama Executive Order
President Trump has signed a resolution to overturn the Obama Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Executive Order Meant to Minimize the Economic Burden of the ACA Pending Repeal
Shortly after being sworn in on January 20th, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order aimed at minimizing the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Definition of Dependent
In January, the IRS released proposed regulations concerning the definition of “dependent&rquo; that relates to changes made by the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 (WFTRA) and subsequent legislation.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
Benefits of Mindfulness in the Workplace
Mindfulness is becoming a popular trend in the workplace as more and more employers offer mindfulness training to help improve overall company performance. Studies show that there is a direct correlation between the positive effects of mindfulness training with improved health, outlook, and performance of employees.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2017
The Single Employer Trust under ERISA
FCE believes that the greater flexibility of the SET makes it more accommodating, in that it allows an Employer to choose from a more extensive range of benefit solutions; especially the option to provide self-funded, level funded and stop-loss insured health & welfare benefits.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
FCE Focusing on Cyber Security
HIPAA has been a great start to protecting personal healthcare information. However, as technology evolves, so do cyber threats and how we defend against them.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
DOL Issues Notice of 2017 Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors
This fall, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing the required minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with Federal contracts covered by Executive Order (EO) 13658, beginning on January 1, 2017.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
Injunction Halts Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Final Rule
Federal contractors should be aware that several aspects of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and its Final Rule were shut down this fall...
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
Nationwide Injunction Issued Against New Overtime Rule
In November, a federal district court judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction suspending the US Department of Labor’s final rule regarding the extension of overtime pay for more than 4.2 million workers.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2017
DOL Issues Sick Leave Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Proposed Executive Order (EO) 13706 would require federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning in 2017
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
Updates to Wage Determinations Issued Under the SCA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued All Agency Memorandum No. 218 describing the publication of new area-wide Service Contract Act (SCA) wage determinations (WDs).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
DOL Isn’t Expected to Publish Overtime Final Rule Until Summer 2016
Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, announced that it wont be until late 2016 that the final rule revision is released.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
WHD Issues Guidance on Joint Employment
The U.S. Department of Labors Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued an Administrators Interpretation concerning joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule Takes Effect
Executive Order (EO) 13665, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information, took effect on January 11, 2016, amending existing regulations on discrimination.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
White House Submits Budget Request for FY 2017
The White House submitted its $4.1 trillion budget for FY 2017 on February 9, 2016.
Benefits Insights, Spring 2016
DOL not expected to Publish Overtime Final Rule Until Mid to Late 2016
This came out shortly after Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, announced that it won’t be until late 2016 that the final rule revision is released.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
HHS Issues Proposed Rule Prohibiting Discrimination
...intended to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health care.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
ACA Final Rules Issued
The majority of changes were expected and consistent with previous guidance and should not generate significant compliance changes.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
Changes to the PACE Act
The departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services issued final rules on November 13 for grandfathered health plans...
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
ACA Auto-enrollment Repealed
...employers may find the repeal a welcome reprieve from potential compliance issues.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
Increased Protections for Pregnant Workers
2015 marks a year of increased protections for pregnant women in the workplace.
Benefits Insights, Winter 2016
USDOL Publishes New Proposed Overtime Standards
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) extends overtime protections and would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than the newly proposed threshold of $50,440.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
Supreme Court Decides Premium Subsidy Case
US Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that premium subsidies in states with Federally-operated marketplaces are allowed under the Affordable Care Act.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
Executive Order Requiring Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
President Obama recently issued an Executive Order (EO) that will require Federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to their employees beginning in 2017.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
Administrator’s Interpretation Concerning Misclassification
...is intended to help the regulated community in classifying workers and ultimately curtailing misclassification.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
NLRB Decision Refines Joint-Employer Status
In a recent 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) of California, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) refined its standard for determining joint-employer status.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Means Changes for Employers
Employers, especially those who did not recognize same-sex marriages prior to the decision, need to review current policies to ensure benefits and other practices are aligned with the new ruling.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
OFCCP Publishes Final Rule on Pay Transparency
These changes take effect January 11, 2016.
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
Department of Labor Announces New Minimum Wage Rate
The U.S. Department of Labor announced on September 16, 2015 that the new minimum wage rate to be paid to workers on Federal contracts covered by Executive Order 16658 will be $10.15...
Benefits Insights, Fall 2015
NLRB General Counsel Memo on Employer Rules
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel recently issued a memo Concerning Employer Rules...
Benefits Insights, Summer 2015
States Implement Paid Sick Leave
Though there has been little action at the federal level regarding paid sick leave since President Obama announced his plan to expand paid leave in January, several states and cities have taken action.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2015
Employers Reveal ACA’s Impact in Sixth Annual Survey
In March, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) released the results of their sixth survey.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2015
USDOL and FAR Council Issue Draft Fair Pay Policy
The US Department of Labor (USDOL) issued proposed guidance, along with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council that issued a proposed regulation, to implement Executive Order (EO) 13673, titled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2015
Update: Prevailing Wage Seminars; Live Replaced by Virtual
The US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division cancelled their 2015 Prevailing Wage Seminars.
Benefits Insights, Summer 2015
SCA Fringe Rate Increase 2015
The US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division increased the Service Contract Act fringe rate to $3.81...
July 14, 2015