INSURANCE

Court: Get tested or pay your own premiums

01/29/2016
It costs so much to provide health insurance for your employees that you may be frustrated when you see some of them engaging in unhealthy behavior that ultimately drives up the premiums you pay.

Employers tackle spiraling prescription benefit costs

01/07/2016
Employers are working hard to rein in prescription drug spending, according to new research by Towers Watson.

Deadlines extended for health insurance forms

01/05/2016

In an act of year-end kindness, the IRS announced in late December that it's extending the time you have to provide employees with Form 1095-C or 1095-B and the time you have to file those forms. The IRS stressed, however, that if you can furnish and file on time, you should still do so.

Unemployment: Workplace threats are grounds to quit

01/04/2016
Employees who report being threatened at work can quit and collect unemployment benefits if their em­­ployer doesn’t act fast to provide a safe workplace. Such a “compelling and necessitous” reason to quit makes the employee eligible.

Obamacare 'Cadillac tax' rolled back until 2020

12/22/2015
The much-maligned “Cadillac tax” on high-value employer-provided health insurance plans has been delayed for two years after President Obama signed a massive budget bill in late December that funds the federal government for the coming year.

Workers' comp reinstatement must fit physical restrictions

12/16/2015
Under workers’ comp rules, people who are injured at work are entitled to reinstatement into open jobs for which they are qualified and which fit any physical restrictions. The penalty for not placing a worker in such a job is one year’s wages.

No unemployment benefits: New duties weren't grounds for quitting

12/16/2015
Employees who quit generally aren’t entitled to unemployment compensation. Unless something occurred that would compel a reasonable worker quit, employees won’t get benefits.

ACA compliance news you can use

12/15/2015
The Affordable Care Act is finally in full swing for all large employers. Let's get caught up to date.

Benefits seen as essential, especially health coverage

12/11/2015
More than three-quarters of American workers say their workplace benefits package is important to their decision to take or reject a job, according to new research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Poll: Most agree feds should require insurance

12/08/2015
For the first time since 2008, more than half of those polled by Gallup say the government should ensure all Americans are covered by health insurance.

It's crunch time for new health information reporting mandates

11/17/2015
For many employers, their most direct contact with the Afford­­able Care Act arrives this winter. Employ­­ers with 50 or more full-time-equivalent workers in 2015 must report to the IRS their offer of minimum essential and affordable health insurance to employees. Here are the details.

5 years in, what's ahead for Affordable Care Act compliance?

11/12/2015
Phased implementation of the ACA has kept employers busy over the past few years. Here's your cheat sheet and some tips for what’s ahead.

Supreme Court to rule again on ACA birth control rule

11/11/2015
In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held private companies with religious objections to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate cannot be forced to pay for employees’ contraceptives. But some groups want a full exemption.

Congress repeals ACA's auto-enrollment mandate

11/09/2015
As part of the congressional budget deal signed by President Obama on Nov. 2, lawmakers agreed to repeal the automatic enrollment provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Health coverage up, but not because of benefits

10/29/2015
More working-age Americans had health insurance in last year, even though the rate of coverage through employment-based health plans remained essentially flat. That’s according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.
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