Trend watch: Could contractors get benefits?

The state of New York may be about to consider legislation that would create a system of “portable” benefits that would give independent contractors some of the advantages employees have.

HSA balances increasing

Balances in health savings accounts grew by more than a third in 2015.

Ensure wellness programs comply with new EEOC rules

Know the new rules regarding financial inducements in employer-sponsored wellness programs.

For some, need for benefits delays retirement

If demography is destiny, the American workforce is going to continue to get older as baby boomers age … and keep showing up for work.

Court defers to insurer on medical necessity

Courts considering an ERISA benefit claim may side with the insurer if the decision to deny a treatment was supported with evidence.

Extension for ACA reports

The IRS has granted 30 more days for employers to give Forms 1095-B (Health Coverage) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) to employees.

Employer mandate is top health care reform concern

48% of employers said the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate was their primary health care concern going into the next administration.

Trump administration: 4 'what ifs' affecting HR

As we approach the twilight of the Obama era and the dawning of the Trump administration, HR professionals are grappling with exactly what kind of changes to expect.

Trump wins: What's that mean for the American workplace?

Tuesday's shocking election of Donald Trump means America has elected an entirely new agenda for workplace and employment issues.

When ERISA, state law differ, disability insurance decisions can get a second look

A federal court in Texas has concluded that the federal ERISA doesn’t necessarily preempt state insurance laws that limit certain provisions in insurance plans.

Outside COBRA admins liable for notice delays

If you use an outside plan administrator to take care of sending COBRA notices to terminated employees, it is liable for any delay penalties.

No workers: Still need workers' comp coverage?

Q. My wife and I run our own business. Are we required to obtain workers’ compensation coverage even though we have no employees?

Must we continue health insurance when employees are out of work on leave?

Q. Is our business required to continue to offer health benefits to our employees while they are out on family leave?

Health premiums up just 3%, deductibles soar

Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3% to $18,142 this year.
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