Insurance Services

Earlier this afternoon, Chairman Larry Cox of Lawrence Cox Ranches [Brawley, Calif.] concluded the quarterly Western Growers Board of Directors meeting in Newport Beach, Calif. Following committee meetings on Wednesday, the full board convened this morning to address major policy items impacting the competitiveness and profitability of the Arizona, California and Colorado fresh produce industry.

Key points of discussion from each of the committee meetings include:

Legislative

Jeff Janas

The Department of Labor has just announced a change to their normal process for injury and illness data. Beginning in July of 2017, all companies with 250 or more employees will be required to report their injury and illness data directly to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The agency will then post this information online for access to anyone from the public. 

This is an important reminder that the deadline to mail the IRS form 1095 to covered employees is fast approaching. WGAT will mail a copy of the 1095-B to employees on behalf of employers with less than 50 full-time employees by the IRS deadline of March 31, 2016. In order to act, we need your company’s legal name, employer tax ID number, and employer size no later than March 25, 2016. 

Stephanie Metzinger

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all large employers (and all self-insured employers) to file new tax forms stating whether or not they offered coverage to full-time employees. The deadline to furnish required forms to employees has been delayed to March 31, 2016, and the deadline to file the forms with the IRS has been extended to June 30, 2016 (if sending electronically) and May 31, 2016 (if sending by mail).

Members who have questions about IRS reporting or the ACA should call our Western Growers Insurance Services licensed insurance brokers at (800) 333-4942.

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