ACA Information Returns May Continue To Be Filed If You Missed The June 30, 2016 Filing Deadline If you are an applicable large employer, self-insured employer, or other health coverage provider, the deadline to electronically file ACA information returns with the IRS was midnight ET on June 30, 2016.  The ACA Information Returns (AIR) system will remain up […]

ACA Information Returns May Continue To Be Filed If You Missed The June 30, 2016 Filing Deadline If you are an applicable large employer, self-insured employer, or other health coverage provider, the deadline to electronically file ACA information returns with the IRS was midnight ET on June 30, 2016.  The ACA Information Returns (AIR) system will remain up […]

    5 reasons student loan repayment is the next big benefit Student loan repayment has been getting some increased attention in the benefits world. And it will continue to get even more, says founder and CEO Brendon McQueen. Here are 5 reasons why student debt repayment is going to become the new hot […]

Introduction “A competent and trustworthy adviser can be an HR department of one’s best friend,” Jennifer Currence of consultancy OnCore Management explains. Since these single employees are tasked with so many different important duties, “it is difficult to ensure excellence without some help,” she adds. “Because of this, strong and sustained customer service will go […]

Employers struggling with low retention rates from an increasingly millennial workforce may want to start offering perks and benefits for pets as a creative way to keep employees engaged. Because millennials are not only the fastest-growing population in the workforce, they’re also adopting the most pets. And with many waiting to get married and have […]

This may come as a surprise, but cash or gift cards are not always the most effective ways of thanking employees for doing a great job, according to the latest research. But this much remains true: The study conducted by O.C. Tanner and Aon Hewitt also finds that recognition programs remain a great way to […]

Very soon, thousands of employees across the United States will be choosing their health insurance. That’s scary, because there’s an emerging body of data that shows that most people don’t understand the basics of how health plans work. That knowledge gap may be causing some serious issues: From sick people not going to the doctor, […]

Technology is changing how, when and where we work. With these changes come shifting attitudes in how workers view their relationship with employers. The “on-demand” economy purports to bridge this gap, giving workers flexibility to choose when to work and connecting employers with available skilled labor when they need it most. The on-demand model would […]

Ten days before the deadline for electronic filing of 2015 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, many employers are discovering that they contracted for less than all the needed services. Here’s what we’re seeing all too commonly. Some vendors offered turnkey packages. They promised, in writing, to host or to manage your data, to use it to […]

Applicable large employers often utilize workers from staffing firms, sometimes on a long-term basis. For purposes of the pay or play provisions of the ACA, it’s important for an ALE to determine its obligation to make offers of coverage to these workers. The key factor is whether the staffing firm or the ALE is the […]

At a time when many middle market employers and benefit professionals are looking for ways to get workers engaged, focusing on core benefits such as health insurance and paid time off may boost engagement, suggests new research. The report, released this week by benefits and HR platform Namely, shows that most employees think health benefits […]

Trump vs Clinton: Their Stances on U.S. Healthcare How do the presumptive presidential nominees differ on U.S. healthcare policy? See our matrix.

When it comes to rising healthcare costs, the thought of insurance is a must. In fact, it’s the law of the land according to the Affordable Care Act, but what if you have paws? Pet insurance is a small, but growing, voluntary benefit with one in three Fortune 500 companies now offering pet insurance. According […]

High-deductible health plans are increasingly become commonplace and more and more employees are investing in health savings accounts as a result. As employees take on greater financial burden for their healthcare expenses, HSAs will become a critical component of an overall healthcare strategy, says John Park, chief strategy officer for Alegeus. “Because consumers do not […]

Employee counts are used to determine what laws, rules, fees, and penalties apply to a health plan and/or the employer sponsor. But the methods for counting employees are as varied as the laws that affect them. This creates confusion and frustration among employers and can significantly hinder their compliance efforts. To make sense out of […]

The Department of Labor announced the details of its new rule on overtime pay, which has increased the salary threshold for employees eligible from $23,660 to $47,476. There will be no change in the duties test to determine whether employees earning more than the salary threshold must be classified as exempt from overtime; however, the […]

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor unveiled sweeping changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules this week. These regulations — which haven’t been updated in over a decade — are estimated to make nearly 4.2 million current workers eligible for overtime pay. The new rules double the minimum salary required […]

A new employer guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act outlines companies’ obligation under the statute, but still leaves many unanswered questions, says FMLA attorney Jeff Nowak, a partner in the Chicago office of FranczekRadelet. “For the most part, the guide simply restates what we already know from the regulations, without tackling the difficult […]

Health savings accounts emerged from two potentially conflicting goals–to keep health care costs down and to give consumers control over their health care choices. HSAs continue to be popular ten years later. Estimates are that over 13 million HSAs existed as of the end of 2014, with over $24 billion in assets. And those numbers […]

The Obama administration made final a long anticipated change to overtime pay that will entitle millions of additional American workers to overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. The minimum salary at which a worker can be exempted from time and a half wages for every overtime hour he works will more than double, […]

Six years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act remains a hot-button issue. Congress has voted more than 60 times to undo, defund or revamp it. On the campaign trail, presidential candidates’ positions on the law range from vowing to repeal and replace it to promising to build on and improve it. Meanwhile, most employers […]

On May 18, 2016, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule updating the regulations governing overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The updated rule will automatically extend overtime pay protections to 4.2 million new employees within the first year […]

Every industry has been affected by the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, but hospitality and retail employers are dealing with arguably the biggest challenge when it comes to compliance. That’s because both rely largely on labor-intensive work. They’re volatile industries with heavy turnover. And many employees work varying hours from week to […]

Hillary Clinton’s proposal to allow those under the age of 65 to buy into Medicare may find support among employers. The likely Democratic nominee has suggested that people should be able to opt into the public health program for senior citizens before retirement age, perhaps at age 50 or 55. Clinton reasons that Medicare could […]

We are just over six months away from the 2016 election and –well—we certainly won’t pretend to know with any level of certainty what will happen. That said, six months ago (or so), Clinton looked to be an absolute lock for the Democratic nomination with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders a mere distraction at best. That […]

IRS has finalized certain rules and regulations to assist sponsors of employer-provided health coverage (and the carriers of same) in determining whether such coverage meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for purposes of the “play-or-pay” rules. Most of the finalized regulations reinforce the proposed regulations from before, but there are few highlights […]

As the clock ticks toward the announcement of final overtime rules, employers will be asking what they can do to get ahead of the curve. The answer? Employers should put in place a proactive preparation and compliance plan so that they can successfully understand the latest government regulations. FLSA preparation tips • Employers should designate a team from […]

The Affordable Care Act deadline for filing Forms 1094-C and 1095-C with the IRS was extended to May 31 for paper filings and to June 30 for electronic filings. The electronic filing process is complex and requires a good deal of advance planning. Employers who are not using an outside vendor for filing should not […]

(Bloomberg) – President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law was dealt another blow as a federal judge ruled a key program intended to reduce consumers’ out-of-pocket medical bills is unconstitutional because it relies on money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. The ruling on Thursday was a victory for the Republican-led House of Representatives, which challenged […]

With compensation taking up the biggest slice of the benefits pie, employers are paying close attention to the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the overtime rules – expected to be released as early as this month – under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed rules bump the salary threshold for overtime from $23,600/year […]

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