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Compensation & Benefits

Help staff cope with annual deductible reset

01/15/2019
Tracy Watts, senior partner in the Mercer consulting firm’s health insurance practice, recommends offering tips to help employees better manage their out-of-pocket expenses.

Employees with HDHPs more engaged in their care

01/08/2019
Employees enrolled in high-deductible health plans are significantly more engaged in their health care than employees who have lower deductibles.

New Year brings minimum wage changes for Minnesota employers

01/02/2019
Now is the time to review labor and employment laws that will affect Minnesota employers in 2019. The minimum wage has been raised by the state of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities.

Court: ACA requires plans to cover gender reassignment

01/02/2019
A recent decision by the federal court in charge of Minnesota cases has ruled that health plans that exclude gender reassignment coverage violate the Affordable Care Act.

Advise unemployment authorities if you are still paying commissions to former employee

01/02/2019
If a former employee is collecting on your unemployment account, be sure to let the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development know, so it can adjust the benefit amount.

February 2019: Employer’s business tax calendar

12/31/2018
Here’s your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

IRS begins free-rider penalty process for 2016 coverage

12/13/2018
In 2017, the IRS began cracking down on applicable large employers that didn’t offer affordable minimum value group health benefits to at least 70% of their full-time employees during 2015. It’s now turning its attention to calendar year 2016.

Forms 1095 must be provided to employees by March 4

12/13/2018
The IRS is extending the time you have to provide employees with Forms 1095-C/1095-B to March 4, 2019.

Employees out with the flu? Check your FMLA compliance

12/13/2018
A new opinion letter from the Department of Labor concluded that the suspension of accrued no-fault attendance points during an employee’s FMLA leave didn’t always run afoul of the law’s noninterference provisions.

Year-end 2018: Light at the end of the tunnel

12/13/2018
Use this worksheet to reconcile your four quarterly 941s and W-2s, so the amounts you report to the SSA and the IRS match.