Benefits & Compensation News

2 Obamacare strategies the feds kill in new guidance

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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…]

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…]

Obamacare: 3 sneaky compliance killers to avoid

The Affordable Care Act has been in place long enough for some employers to feel a little too comfortable about their compliance efforts, and complacency is leaving many firms wide open to problems. [Read more…]

Obamacare: What HR needs to know about final excepted benefits rule

There are a number of benefits — such as dental and vision coverage — that the Affordable Care Act addresses in the “excepted benefits” rules. So HR will definitely want to take a look at the feds’ final rule on this subject. [Read more…]

Obamacare: Feds amend mid-year plan change rule

There are very few exceptions to the rule that health plan participants can’t change their elections in the middle of the plan year. Up until recently, those exceptions didn’t account for Obamacare and the new insurance exchanges. [Read more…]

New Obamacare instructions issued: 3 things IRS expects now

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There’s good news and there’s bad news regarding the instructions for the recently issued draft forms for the Affordable Care Act’s reporting requirements. [Read more…]

Could new Obamacare contraceptive coverage regs end the controversy?

Since taking effect, the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage regs have been met with significant backlash and have even been ruled on by the Supreme Court. Now the Obama administration has floated some new regs it hopes will end the controversy. [Read more…]

Breaking down IRS’ latest round of Obamacare info

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Next year promises to be a busy year for healthcare reform compliance — so the IRS has already begun issuing sample documents and rule changes for employers. Here’s what HR pros need to know. [Read more…]

Key Obamacare deadlines looming: 5 steps to take now

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Many employers ask two main questions about health reform: What do I have to do? and When do I have to do it? But these are the wrong questions. [Read more…]