Take Your Time Off
With apologies to 1960s American surf rock group Ronny & The Daytonas: Little PTO, you're really lookin' fine! If employers think that employees who take all their time off are less dedicated and, therefore, less productive, they couldn't be more wrong.
Compliance Recap March 2014
The regulatory agencies issued a number of documents during the month of March, as they have tried to provide needed information with respect to 2014 and 2015 obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Many employers will need to provide reporting on the coverage they offer during the 2015 calendar year; the IRS has now issued final regulations that provide details on this requirement.
Preparing for PPACA — A Readiness Checklist
As we approach the month of April, employers should be taking steps to ensure they are prepared to meet the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements that begin in 2014 and in 2015. In many instances, employers will need to begin tracking employees' hours in the next month or two. In addition, while some requirements vary based on employer size, other requirements apply to all employers. The most significant upcoming requirements and options for an employer include the following.
Compliance Recap March 2014
The regulatory agencies issued a number of documents during the month of March, as they have tried to provide needed information with respect to 2014 and 2015 obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Many employers will need to provide reporting on the coverage they offer during the 2015 calendar year; the IRS has now issued final regulations that provide details on this requirement.
Social Media & Healthy Relations
Unless you've been living in a cave, you know that social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.) is commonplace in today's workplace culture. These so-called "wired employees" use cutting-edge technology as tools to help them do more while staying connected to their friends, family, and coworkers.
Coming Soon! 2014 UBA Benefits Opinions Survey
The 2014 UBA Benefit Opinions Survey provides employers who participate with critical data that allow them to compare their attitudes and strategies regarding employer-provided health care with those of their peers and competitors.
Dress Code: Religion and Grooming
As the workforce has become more diverse, and many people have differing religions, clothing restrictions, and appearance beliefs, it's crucial for employers to accommodate these without discrimination.
April Employer Webinar Series
Want to know what is happening in Washington, D.C., as it relates to the now four-year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? While parts of the law have been implemented, major additional requirements are scheduled to take effect over the next several years. Significant regulations on the employer-shared responsibility and reporting requirements were issued earlier this year. Meanwhile, a number of bills have been introduced in Congress to modify, or even repeal, this law.
Tying In A Health Savings Account
Ask any employer that has a wellness program and their goal is to have a positive impact on their employees. In order to have that, however, employers constantly focus on how to increase worker participation. As can be expected, this is a challenging endeavor, but some new and ground-breaking tactics are being used.
IRS Releases Final Reporting Regulations
In order for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify that individuals and employers are meeting their shared responsibility obligations and that individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, employers and issuers will be required to provide reporting on the health coverage they offer. The reporting requirements are in two separate sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) -- sections 6055 and 6056. Reporting will first be due early in 2016, based on coverage in 2015.
IRS Releases Final Reporting Regulations
In order for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify that individuals and employers are meeting their shared responsibility obligations and that individuals who request premium tax credits are entitled to them, employers and issuers will be required to provide reporting on the health coverage they offer.
Option for Some to Renew Policies That Do Not Fully Meet PPACA Standards
On March 5, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Bulletin that allows state insurance departments to permit the renewal through October 1, 2016, of individual and small group policies that do not meet the "market reform" requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).