Benefits & Compensation News

Benefits industry declares war on ‘Cadillac Tax': Is a repeal coming?

We’ve already seen legislation introduced with the sole purpose of getting Obamacare’s controversial “Cadillac tax” tossed. Now an impressive alliance has come together to put pressure on Congress to make sure that repeal actually takes place. [Read more…]

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

Employers have little time left 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…]

Stand-alone HRAs: Bill aims to bring back popular Obamacare workaround

Remember that $36K penalty the IRS felt the need to remind everybody it would impose on employers that tried to give employees untaxed funds to purchase healthcare coverage? Well, there’s new hope that some firms won’t have to worry about this after all. [Read more…]

Obamacare survives: Breaking down the Supreme Court’s subsidy ruling

Once again the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and upheld a component that’s become an essential part of the law. So now HR pros can start worrying about the upcoming Obamacare compliance challenges without any major distractions. [Read more…]

New Obamacare guidance clarifies new employee-friendly rule

The last time HHS tried to clarify this tricky Obamacare reg, it confused many employers even further. [Read more…]

Feds’ latest Obamacare guidance answers key preventive coverage questions

Pop quiz: How many of the 18 FDA-approved contraception methods is your plan required to cover under Obamacare’s preventive coverage regs? [Read more…]

Obamacare audits: DOL insider reveals everything you need to survive the process

The DOL has a clear message for employers: Preparing for a health reform audit should be a top priority. [Read more…]

Obamacare: Feds offer firms a timetable for SBC compliance

When the agencies charged with health reform implementation announced the ACA’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) statements would be delayed for a while, employers pushed them for a more concrete response. Well, the feds complied with a new FAQ — and their answer is probably better than most firms had hoped. [Read more…]

Obamacare’s summary statements: DOL grants you a major break

Remember those wholesale changes the feds sneaked into the ACA’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) statements right at the end of the year? Well, we’ve got some good news for you. [Read more…]

3 things HR needs to know about Supreme Court’s Obamacare case

The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in King v. Burwell, a highly anticipated challenge to the cornerstone of the ACA, the federal subsidies. Here are three things HR needs to understand about the stakes in this case. [Read more…]