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Featuring product release updates, industry views and news, and the latest from our valued clients and customers. 

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

Join us for an informative webinar with Flock, and learn how to best prepare for the upcoming ACA deadlines! We’ll review the intricacies of the ACA reporting requirements and what you must do to be in compliance!

ACA Update

ACA Update

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced an increase in the applicable dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee which came about during the passage of the ACA. This applies to plan years that end on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018.

NYC Hiring Alert! - What Employers Need to Know

NYC Hiring Alert! - What Employers Need to Know

New York City has released a set of FAQ’s in anticipation of a new local law which will prohibit employers from asking or relying on a candidate's salary history while interviewing and hiring to fill a vacant or newly created position. 

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

Learn how to best prepare for the upcoming ACA deadlines! We’ll review the intricacies of the ACA reporting requirements and what you must do to be in compliance!

Product Release | 09.26.17

Product Release | 09.26.17

Flock has been on another product sprint to build out a second product release for the month of September! We are excited to bring this new functionality to our Human Resource Administrators and Trusted Broker Partners prior to the Q4 plan renewal and ACA reporting season. 

Flock Raises $3.5 Million in Series A Funding led by The Hartford Strategic Ventures

Flock Raises $3.5 Million in Series A Funding led by The Hartford Strategic Ventures

SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, 2017 - Flock, the all-in-one software platform to manage human resources (HR), benefits, and compliance, today announced $3.5 million in Series A financing led by The Hartford with participation from existing investors. The funding will help Flock accelerate market expansion and ongoing development of its leading edge HR and benefits administration platform.

Simplify your HR & Benefits, and say hello at: www.helloflock.com.

What is a full time employee under ACA rules?

What is a full time employee under ACA rules?

What are the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act also known as, "pay or play"? It requires applicable large employers ("ALEs")—typically those with at least 50 full-time employees or 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) to offer both affordable & minimum coverage health insurance to full-time employees (and offered to dependents) or the ALE will be subject to pay a penalty tax if any full-time employee becomes certified to receive a premium subsidy for purchasing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Calculating a FTE(s)

An employee is a full-time employee for a calendar month if he/she averages at least 30 hours of service per week. additionally, 130 hours of service in a given calendar month is also treated as the monthly equivalent of at least 30 hours of service per week.

What does an actual hour of service mean?

  • Each hour for which an employee is paid, or entitled to payment, for the performance of duties for the employer or which duties are NOT performed due to vacation, holiday, illness, incapacity (including disability), layoff, jury duty, military duty, or leave of absence.

Recently, the IRS addressed a question from an employee whose employer enforced a new policy restricting part-time or seasonal employees from working more than 29 hours of service in any week. The IRS affirmed the prior guidance and advised if an employee who works an average of 30 or more hours of service per week during any given month could potentially trigger the employer's liability under pay or play for that given month. Interestingly enough, the IRS also stated this penalty would only be triggered if the employee sought and gained a subsidy through the marketplace exchange. Read more about it here.

 


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The information provided here does not constitute, nor serve as a substitute for legal advice. Please consult legal counsel to ensure all facts and circumstances are taken into account in complying with applicable state and federal law.


 

Product Release | 09.04.17

Product Release | 09.04.17

Flock continues to simplify your work life by building comprehensive people management solutions focused on the individual rather than process. This fall release includes many new features and enhancements that deliver a more engaging and personalized employee experience as well as position your organization for long-term success and more robust employee engagement.

New Model Notice - Medicaid and/or CHIP Participants

New Model Notice - Medicaid and/or CHIP Participants

Employers who are providing health insurance coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHIP programs are required to provide their employees with the employer CHIP notice annually before the start of each plan year. We have a some insight to share with you.

I-9 Form Compliance - Flock simplifies the process

I-9 Form Compliance - Flock simplifies the process

The USCIS released another updated version of Form I-9 .  As of September 18, 2017 the new Form I-9 is required to be used for new hire confirmation of employment eligibility verification. Flock automatically updates the Form I-9 and other supported compliance/tax forms for all of our employers. Let us show you how we can make this process easier!

Product Release | 08.07.17

Product Release | 08.07.17

Flock is excited to release our latest product updates. Updates designed to make your work flow and document handling that much easier:

• Age reduction support
• Underwriting question based rate support (tobacco vs non-tobacco)
• FSA/HSA employer contributions
• Flat employee contributions
• Benefits compensation field
• Disable beneficiary requirement
• Reporting enhancements
• Additional benefit deductions for ADP integration
• and much more...

US Senate Fails to Pass ACA Repeal Bill

US Senate Fails to Pass ACA Repeal Bill

Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill which intended to repeal many requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

While the future of the ACA repeal effort is certainly unclear at this time, pending any further developments, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance and reporting.

At Flock our goal is to provide the tools to keep your ACA house in order... visit our recent post on how Flock simplifies the process of ACA reporting.

 

Looking for an all-in-one solution? Join us at one of our weekly webinars to discover all the powerful features Flock offers. 


The information provided here does not constitute, nor serve as a substitute for legal advice. Please consult legal counsel to ensure all facts and circumstances are taken into account in complying with applicable state and federal law.

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA reporting isn’t a simple business...it’s confusing, and, more importantly, it’s new to most brokers and employers alike. Flock has offered an ACA reporting solution since this became a requirement in 2016 with passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

California Paid Sick Leave ~ Updates

California Paid Sick Leave ~ Updates

California paid sick leave was a bit convoluted for many employers (to say the least) when it first appeared in 2015. and recently the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released some new and improved FAQs related to and addressing California's paid sick leave law.

Benefits - What really is an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)?

Benefits - What really is an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide critical support services both on a company-wide basis as well as to individual employees and family members experiencing personal issues and challenges. We have seen these programs in action in unique workplace challenges and everyday employee life stressors.

Flock's Reference Documents section, which stores the EAP information & contact information 24/7 has you covered! 

 

ACA - How Would an Employer Appeal a Marketplace Notice?

ACA - How Would an Employer Appeal a Marketplace Notice?

Most employers have yet to experience a Marketplace notice (Sample). We want to share the steps you should consider to appeal or respond to a Marketplace request if one does appear in your mailbox. If you are using Flock, we automatically track this ACA offer of coverage data from the HRIS/Benefits and the Compliance module. Also, reach out to your trusted broker for any advice and direction they can provide from internal counsel. 

Compliance Update - Form 5500 filings

Compliance Update - Form 5500 filings

Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan(s), may need to be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the last day of the seventh month after your benefit plan year ends. 

Product Release | 07.03.17

Product Release | 07.03.17

If you catch yourself smiling more and feeling increasingly carefree during the longer days of the season, consider it a side effect of this time of year or maybe it’s related to our newest Flock release enhancing overall functionality and many new cool features. 

Product Release | 05.15.17

Product Release | 05.15.17

The Flock Engineering Team has been at it again and this release coincides with one of our favorite Holidays, MOM’s DAY! Moms teach us to innovate, never give up and subtly created the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us.…we can certainly say their Moms are proud of them for this release.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Product Release | 04.10.2017 - Welcome to Flock 2.0!

Product Release | 04.10.2017 - Welcome to Flock 2.0!

This release marks a new phase in our journey to have the highest productivity, easiest to use solutions for clients, with a simple and clean user interface and significant improvements to our end user experience. We have also taken our platform to a whole new level of interoperability to allow viable, customer chosen solutions from the rich HR and Benefits ecosystem that we are part of, without the silos imposed by others. Thanks again to our customers and partners for their enthusiastic support and feedback.