Benefits & Compensation News

Obamacare still a concern, but new fear tops firms’ lists

In the four years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, firms have become increasingly more comfortable with the administrative burdens it piled on. But there’s another employment concern that’s keeping upper management and HR pros up at night. [Read more...]

5 attempts to skirt Obamacare regs that will fail

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It’s no secret employers aren’t huge fans of the administrative burden placed on them by the Affordable Care Act. To avoid these burdens, some firms have come up with creative ways to skirt some of the law’s requirements. [Read more...]

The Obamacare ‘play-or-pay’ penalty many firms aren’t prepared for

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When it comes to Obamacare compliance, most employers are preoccupied with the number of full-time workers they have on staff. But there’s another shared-responsibility factor that has the potential to blindside many firms. [Read more...]

What the Supreme Court’s latest ruling means for Obamacare

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At this point, even the HR pros who are enjoying their summer vacations have at least heard something about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. But just what does this ruling mean for employers? [Read more...]

2 ways to skirt Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’

While HR and benefits pros are busy complying with upcoming health reform regs, there’s a good chance upper management has its eyes on something further down the line: [Read more...]

2 hidden Obamacare clarifications in DOL’s new guidance

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When the Department of Labor (DOL) provided firms with new model COBRA notices, it also tucked away other key health reform info in that document — info that has been largely overlooked. [Read more...]

2 ways ACA enrollment extension helps employers

When the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided to extend the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act marketplace, its intention was to help laid-off workers. But the move has significant benefits for employers as well. [Read more...]

Employee handbooks: Overlooked area of Obamacare compliance

HR pros have their hands full making sure summary plan descriptions (SPDs) and other benefits documents are updated to reflect the constantly changing healthcare reform law’s mandates. But for a number of reasons, the employee handbook is often forgotten during the updating process. [Read more...]

IRS’ new $36K penalty may impact your Obamacare plans

In response to health reform law, some employers had planned on sending workers out to the insurance exchange or open insurance market with some untaxed funds to help them shoulder the premiums. [Read more...]

Obamacare leads to key changes to COBRA notices

Due to the Affordable Care Act — and the health exchanges created under the law — the Obama administration felt the current model COBRA notices issued were in need of an update. [Read more...]