President Trump Issues Executive Order Encouraging Transparency in Pricing and Expanding Consumer-Directed Arrangements

President Trump Issues Executive Order Encouraging Transparency in Pricing and Expanding Consumer-Directed Arrangements On June 24, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order intending to develop price and quality transparency initiatives to ensure that healthcare patients can make well-informed decisions about their care. This is part of the consumer-driven healthcare initiative, which has been a focus […]

Storm Chaser- Seasonal Workers/Employees

Subject:  Seasonal Workers/Employees                  Date:  May 16, 2019 The 2019 summer months are here! Employers that hire Holiday Help and any Seasonal Help for that matter, need to understand the ACA rules around Seasonal “Workers” and Seasonal “Employees” As an employer, your size – for purposes of the Affordable Care Act – is determined by the number of your employees. […]

NYS & DOL Join Forces

The NYS Attorney General (AG) and US Department of Labor (DOL) working together to uncover violations under ERISA and New York State laws applicable to employer health benefit plans! Here come the audits!!            This unique agreement increases the regulatory and prosecutorial reach of two already powerful agencies with potentially significant implications for […]

Paid Family Leave Tidbits

Some Paid Family Leave Tidbits! I have received similar questions on some aspects of Paid Family Leave, to keep our clients as up to date as possible, the questions and answers (provided directly by the WCB) are below.

Cadillac Tax Relief

Cadillac Tax Relief Relph Benefit Advisors is a member of the IRS’s Employee Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) and Lisa Allen, our VP of Regulatory Affairs sits on their compliance committee which provides constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and proposes improvements: Recently ECFC added their endorsement to a letter to Congress, along with […]

Breaking News! The Paid Family Leave rate has been released!

NYS Paid Famly Leave – We will ascertain the rule changes, clarity released from the original comment period and what this means to our clients and all NYS employers. With another 30-day comment period, we will again submit comments after a full and complete review of the revised rules.

American Health Care Act

American Health Care Act The AHCA passed Thursday May 4, with 217 votes (216 needed).  Attached for your reading pleasure, should you so choose, is the Section by Section review of the Ways and Means Committee and includes the amendments from the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now goes to the Senate.  What will happen in […]

STORMCHASER: House Health Committees Advance GOP’s ACA Repeal/Replace Bill

House Health Committees Advance GOP’s ACA Repeal/Replace Bill While in Washington last week participating in the ECFC conference, I attended the House Ways & Means mark-up into the early morning Thursday and the Energy & Commerce mark-up Thursday afternoon. The Committees advanced their respective pieces of Fiscal Year 2017 budget reconciliation legislation, which repeals and […]

Lisa Allen of Relph Benefit Advisors Appointed to IRS IRPAC Committee

Lisa Allen, CHRS, CFC, CAS VP Regulatory Affairs is one of only seven from across the nation, newly appointed as members to serve a three-year term on the IRS Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC). IRPAC, which meets regularly in Washington, is a federal advisory committee that advises the IRS on various tax administration and […]