We discuss what our clients and other employers are doing to manage risks, promote employee productivity and morale, reduce costs and improve their organizations as a whole.
Congress passed (and the President signed into law) two spending bills, one of which contained the provisions for the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”).
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FMLA may be an option for an employee that is suffering from workplace stress, especially if it rises to the point of a serious health condition that affects the employee’s ability to perform their work duties.
Microsoft IDs notable phishing scams, DOJ charges Russian hackers, new intimidation tactics target ransomware victims and other cyber risks.
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Back in June, we introduced you to the Individual Coverage HRA or “ICHRA.” We promised to monitor developments and guidance, and we have some new things to report. ICHRAs sounded alluring because the rules provide a way for employers to provide a “defined contribution” health benefit with financial predictability for the bottom line. Once you scratch the surface, however, the shortcomings, limitations, and administrative burdens of the ICHRA quickly bubble up.
More employees are working
past age 65 instead of retiring, and many employers are wondering: Does the employee’s Medicare
eligibility affect the employer’s benefit programs? This eBook addresses the most
common questions we receive regarding issues such as eligibility, entitlement, health plan design and enrollment, employee education, and more. Register for our Nov. 7 webinar "How to explain the Medicare puzzle to your employees aged 65+ and still working" to learn how Medicare affects your organization, your employees and your benefit plans.
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Fall is in the air. Which means it’s open enrollment time! If your organization is one of the many heading into open enrollment, here are some common open enrollment questions, answered.
Enhanced vacation benefits are just one emerging benefit that I’ll be discussing in an upcoming webinar called 10 Emerging Benefits You Should Consider For Your Company. I’ll outline the types of ways an employer could offer this type of benefit, and which employers it might be a good fit for. Another benefit I’ll discuss is the Individual Coverage HRA, or “ICHRA,” which is a type of health reimbursement arrangement that can reimburse individual health insurance premiums.
The answer to the question "What's up with the ACA?" can change from month to month. See Part I for my thoughts on the ACA earlier this year. Here are some insights into what is happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) right now. As the Affordable Care Act continues to evolve, we strive to bring you the latest changes and the potential impact on your business.
On June 13, 2019, three federal agencies issued lengthy and complex regulations that both expand and limit the circumstances under which an employer may reimburse its employees’ individual health insurance premiums. Let’s take a big picture look at these and their impact under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).
You’ve entered all the codes where you should. You know your company’s safe harbor affordability code without double-checking. You know every single employee’s ACA-full-time status for 2018. In other words, you have completed ACA reporting for 2018! So, can you close the books on the ACA for 2019? Of course not. The IRS just issued another wave of proposed employer shared responsibility penalty assessments.
The answer to that question can change from month to month, but here is some insight into what is happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) right now. In this article, we will discuss the individual shared responsibility mandate penalty, the employer shared responsibility mandate, the ACA benefit mandates, the PCORI fees, and the final health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) regulations.
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