First Advantage Blog: Background Check News & Tips

Jun 29

Electronic ACA Information Returns due to the IRS This Week

If you are a self-insured employer, applicable large employer, or a health coverage provider that is electronically filing ACA Information Returns with IRS, this must be done by this Thursday, June 30.  This deadline was originally March 31, but the IRS extended it for this first year of filing only.  Future years’ filing deadlines will very likely be earlier in the year as the ACA Information Returns process become more standardized. 

Jun 15

Screening Senior Executives

Leadership is more than a position or title; it is action and example. When companies rely on their senior executives to set strategic direction, galvanise employees and steer them towards success, appointing the right captain becomes mission-critical. This process begins with acquiring an accurate and in-depth understanding of the candidate’s background. 

It is a common misconception that candidates for a senior executive position would not stoop to falsifying or hiding information. In a perfect world, we could perhaps accept everything provided by a candidate at face value. In reality, however, discrepancies do exist. 

Jun 02

Insurer Highmark Sues Federal Government for ACA Dollars

Pittsburgh based insurer Highmark alleges that it is owed nearly $223 million under the ACA. The lawsuit claims that the US government violated the ACA’s “risk corridor payment obligations,” a program created to help insurers cover potential losses from issuing policies on state Exchanges. Highmark’s suit, requesting the full risk corridor payments for 2014, sites the language of the ACA and Exchange Marketplace contractual language.

May 23

DOL Updates FLSA Overtime Rules

Wednesday May 18th the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, announced changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) “white collar overtime exemptions,” determining which employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay.  The new rule becomes effective later this year, and will increase the salary thresholds that limit the ability to qualify for overtime pay. 

May 18

The Supreme Court Declines to Decide

Monday [5/16/16] the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on whether the Affordable Care Act’s contractive coverage mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  This unanimous decision settled no legal issues, but instead remanded thirteen cases, which have been litigated for years, back to six different federal appeals courts.  The SCOTUS decision urged that the lower courts not deduce any SCOTUS opinions on the merits of the case, but rather that the federal appeals courts should work to compromise and reconcile the beliefs of nonprofit religious employers with their employees’ rights to no-cost contraceptive coverage. This is not the first time that the highest court has heard a challenge to the contraceptive coverage mandate of the ACA...

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