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December 6, 2007
Enforcement of Revised Form I-9
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that all US employers must begin using a revised Form I-9 for all newly hired employees, and for all employees whose status requires re-verification. The I-9 Form has been revised to bring it into compliance with existing regulations. According to USCIS, this new form is the only form that should be used, beginning on or after 11/7/07. If this Form is not used after 12/26/07, then penalties may be assessed.
November 5, 2007
Delay of 409A Implementation
The IRS recently issued Notice 2007-86, which extends thedeadline for compliance with 409A rules until December 31, 2008.
2008 Cost of Living Adjustments
2008 Retirement Plan COLAs
PPA Notices Re-visited
Qualified Default Investment Alternatives
Medicare Part D Notice: Don't Forget!
October 9, 2007
Medicare Premiums and Deductibles for 2008
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released the Medicare premium and deductible amounts for 2008.
409A Documentation Limited Relief
409A is a tax code regulating nonqualified deferred compensation. It was enacted in October 2004, and the time for compliance is upon us. Generally, nonqualified deferred compensation plans must comply with the 409A rules beginning January 1, 2008, or risk substantial penalties, both to participant and employer.
Time Now for New Massachusetts Filings by Employers
The Massachusetts health care reform law passed last year requires employers who employ 11 or more full-time equivalent employees in the Commonwealth to accomplish certain filings between October 1st and November 15th of each year. The first filing period is upon us.
Health Care Reform and the 2008 Presidential Campaign
As the Presidential campaign begins to heat up, the candidates are sharpening their pencils in designing health care reform proposals. While it is far too early to surmise how these proposals might be sculpted, there are a couple nonpartisan websites that are following the candidate’s proposals, such as Kaiser Family Foundation’s health08.org and its list of resources, as well as the New York Times.
September 11, 2007
Dependent Child Conundrum
In the very recent past, and particularly in 2007, many State Legislatures have found it to be in their collective wisdom to amend State insurance laws as they relate to the definition of dependent child. In large part, the definition of dependent child, for health insurance purposes only, has been expanded. It appears that States are attempting to narrow the gap of their uninsured population. Young people, particularly those recently out of school, are a significant portion of the uninsured population. The theory goes that allowing these children to stay on their parents’ plan for longer period of time will reduce the uninsured population.