Compliance Recap April 2014
The IRS has released the 2015 minimums and maximums that apply to health savings accounts (HSAs) and related high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). These increases occur annually based on a cost-of-living formula. Because the inflation rate is fairly low, the amounts have not increased very much -- the out-of-pocket maximum is increasing by $100 for single coverage and by $200 for family coverage. Both the minimum deductible and the maximum contribution are increasing $50 for single coverage and $100 for family coverage.
Compliance Recap April 2014
The IRS has released the 2015 minimums and maximums that apply to health savings accounts (HSAs) and related high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). These increases occur annually based on a cost-of-living formula. Because the inflation rate is fairly low, the amounts have not increased very much -- the out-of-pocket maximum is increasing by $100 for single coverage and by $200 for family coverage. Both the minimum deductible and the maximum contribution are increasing $50 for single coverage and $100 for family coverage.
Mobile Device HR Apps
Most people today have at least one -- if not more -- mobile devices. Smartphones, full-size tablets, mini tablets, "phablets" (smartphones that are usually larger in size and can do more functions than a typical phone), hand-held computers, and wearable technology are fully integrated into most people's lives. Desktops and even laptops are considered relics nowadays by the up-and-coming college graduates.
The Cruel Catch-22 Of Long-Term Unemployment
It seems like it's easier for people to find a job if they're already employed. Consequently, it seems like the longer someone is unemployed, then the more unemployable he or she may appear. To combat this perception the Department of Labor has announced the availability of millions of dollars in grants to assist those who have been stuck in long-term unemployment.
Form 5500 Filing Requirements
Form 5500 Filing Requirements Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT Most employee benefit plans are required to file a Form 5500 annually, and penalties for not meeting this obligation can be costly. During this 90-minute basic-to-intermediate level webinar we will discuss:
Mid-Sized Group (50 to 99 Employees) Insured Plans and PPACA
PPACA brings numerous responsibilities and options to employers. Below is a summary of the PPACA provisions that apply to group health plans and whether the provision applies to insured mid-sized group plans.
Counting Employees Under Health Care Reform (Part 2)
Counting employees under health care reform is not as easy as 1 – 2 - 3. The rules are quite complicated, and if not done correctly can have serious repercussions for your business. The final employer shared responsibility (“play or pay”) regulations have been issued and beginning in 2015, larger employers will need to either offer health coverage that meets the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or pay penalties. Although the requirement is not effective until 2015, employers need to be gathering data and making decisions now.
Legislative and Regulatory Update
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.
Managing Benefit Costs – A Top Business Priority
Employers of all sizes are challenged to rethink employee benefits in this new world of health care reform. Tight budgets and a still-recovering economy are spurring benefits managers to think beyond health insurance and look at their benefits as a whole. They must think creatively and more broadly. They must step up their communications to help employees manage the changes ahead. The task requires commitment, but the payoff is more than worthwhile: a benefits program that helps employers of all sizes compete more effectively in tomorrow’s marketplace.