Although the full impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still not being felt, there are indications that a side effect of the Act is rising costs for workers’ compensation coverage. The ACA was passed five years ago, but many of the more demanding portions of the Act were not in effect until the last couple of years.

Stephanie Metzinger

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently identified the 10 most serious cited violations for 2015. Although some of these have little to do with agriculture, a number of them do occur with some frequency in farming operations. Fall protection was the most frequently cited serious accident with approximately 6,000 violations nationwide, while scaffolding came in second with more than 4,000 incidents. 

Stephanie Metzinger

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released notice yesterday (Notice 2016-4) that it is extending the 2015 tax year filing deadlines for health benefits reporting required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

This guidance applies to filings required by both small and/or applicable large self-funded employers, Forms 1094-B and 1095-B and Forms 1094-C and 1095-C respectively.

The new deadlines for these IRS filings are as follows: 

Today, December 22, 2015, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). The notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Stephanie Metzinger

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