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Back to basics: Just what is the ESRM and what should I do about it?

The ESRM is the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, introduced by the Affordable Care Act, and is now fully implemented. This article is for you if your company is newly subject to the ESRM or if you are new to the ESRM.

What employers need to know about opioid use and drug testing

Opioid use and abuse is becoming an increasing part of the national conversation — so much so that the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently changed its drug testing protocols to include several common opioids, which may impact how employers with DOT obligations administrate their drug testing programs. However, concerns about the impact of opioids in the workplace go well beyond DOT drivers, and many current non-DOT drug tests include screens for opioids. So what happens when someone tests positive? And should it matter whether they have a legitimate prescription for the opioid?

IRS reduces 2018 HSA family contribution limit

In a move that caught many employers off guard, on March 5 the IRS announced it was reducing the 2018 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit for individuals with family high deductible health plan (HDHP) coverage from $6,900 to $6,850. This new lower limit impacts both employers and employees.

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