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Press Release – Cowden Associates, Inc. Announces 2017 Promotions

  PITTSBURGH, September 19, 2017 – Pittsburgh-based Cowden Associates, Inc. (Cowden), the leading independent actuarial, compensation, and employee benefits consulting firm in the tri-state region, announces multiple promotions within the company. Robert Crnjarich, EA, MAAA has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Retirement and Actuarial Services.  Bob started with Cowden in 2006 and specializes in

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Press Release: Steven Wagner Joins Cowden as Consultant

  Steve has joined Cowden’s health and benefits practice as a Consultant. Steve’s experience in the benefits industry includes consulting at an international consulting firm, as an underwriter at a health insurer, and, most recently, as a financial analyst at a national consulting firm.  In his role, he will be responsible for client management and

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Compliance Bulletin: Court Orders EEOC to Reconsider Wellness Rules

  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a ruling affecting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final wellness rules. In AARP v. EEOC, the court directed the EEOC to reconsider its final wellness rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Click here

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Compliance Bulletin: Federal Court Strikes Down 2016 Overtime Rule

  On Aug. 31, 2017, a federal judge in Texas struck down the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2016 overtime rule, stating that the DOL had exceeded its authority by issuing a new salary level requirement for white collar exempt employees. Click here to read more.  

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ACA Compliance Bulletin: New SBC Template Required for 2018 Open Enrollment

  The updated template and related materials for the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) are required to be used for annual open enrollment periods beginning on or after April 1, 2017. For calendar year plans, this means that the updated template must be used for the 2018 open enrollment period. The SBC is a

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Strategies for Separating the Family from the Business

  One of the greatest struggles of operating a family business is separating the family from the business. There are many benefits to having family in the business and to being a family member in a family business, but the most difficult problems result when family values interfere with business values. There is no greater

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Legislative Update: IRS Announces A Program for Donation of Value of Vacation, Sick Time or Other Paid Time-off for Relief of Victims of Hurricane or Tropical Storm Harvey

  Under IRS Notice 2017-48, issued on September 5, employers may contribute the value of the Paid Time Off (PTO) contributed by their employees as Harvey relief to a non-profit organization and will be entitled to a deduction that may be treated as a business expense, rather than a charitable contribution, as long as the

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What Is the Status of the Revised EEO-1 Report and What Does It Mean for Employers?

  As you may now be aware, the pay collection components of the Revised EEO-1 Report have been stayed, effective immediately. The order to implement the stay came from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and was addressed to the Acting Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Victoria Lipnic. On August 30, 2017 Ms.

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Compliance Overview: Medicare Part D – Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices

  Employers with group health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D must comply with certain disclosure requirements. Group health plan sponsors must disclose to individuals who are eligible for Medicare Part D and to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) whether their prescription drug

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ACA Compliance Bulletin: Draft Forms for 2017 ACA Reporting Released

  On July 28, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft 2017 forms for reporting under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056.  2017 draft Forms 1094-C and 1095-C will be used by applicable large employers (ALEs) to report under Section 6056, as well as for combined Section 6055 and 6056 reporting by ALEs

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