Benefits & Compensation News

Obamacare: IRS gives small firms break from costly penalty

The feds are still warning firms that offering employees stand-alone health reimbursements (HRAs) to purchase coverage on their own won’t satisfy the health reform law’s employer mandate. [Read more…]

Breaking down IRS’ final Obamacare reporting forms

The wait is over. Employers now have access to the final versions of the forms they’ll file to show they’re in compliance with the ACA “Shared-Responsibility” mandate. And the sooner they start making sense of these forms, the better. [Read more…]

Obamacare: The forgotten step you must take with plan documents

So you’ve meticulously followed the confusing calculation method under the ACA, you’ve calculated the measurement period and the stability period, and you’re absolutely certain you know just how many full-time employees you have for Obamacare purposes. You’re all set now, right? Not so fast. [Read more…]

4 keys to calculating full-time employees under Affordable Care Act

Employers have 11 months to nail down just how many full-time employees they have before Obamacare’s employer mandate kicks in. The problem is, the law’s formula is tricky. To help with the math, 15-year benefits compliance vet Sheryl Southwick has some advice for employers. [Read more…]

It’s begun: GOP takes first step toward overhauling ‘full-time’ under Obamacare

It didn’t take long for the Republicans to get to work in an attempt to dismantle the current version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [Read more…]

7 key Obamacare changes the feds snuck in at year-end

If the feds’ latest announcement is any indication of what’s to come, 2015 will be a busy year for Obamacare changes. [Read more…]

The most-clicked HR Benefits stories of 2014

Here’s a look back at the most important, the most influential and, of course, the most read HR Benefits Alert stories of 2014.  [Read more…]

New bill would kill Obamacare’s HRA resistrictions for some

If this new bill passes, small employers won’t have to worry about violating the health reform law by offering a stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) any longer. [Read more…]

2 Obamacare strategies the feds kill in new guidance

The feds’ latest health reform guidance contains some unwelcome news for employers. [Read more…]

Obamacare delay provides relief — and an opportunity

The most recent health-reform implementation roadblock involves a tool the feds created to help employers with administration issues. But problems with that very tool directly led to a delay that benefits employers. [Read more…]