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The most-clicked HR Benefits stories of 2013

Here’s a look back at the most important and influential HR Benefits Alert stories of 2013.

The 10 most-clicked stories of the past 12 months, starting with the most pressing Obamacare news:

New Obamacare rules deal big blow to employers

Companies have been hoping that their wellness program incentives will help their health plans meet affordability and minimal value requirements under Obamacare. So chances are they won’t like the guidance the IRS issued in 2013. Read more …

Obamacare: 3 things you’ll want to tell employees today

The healthcare reform law is in constant flux. The regulations governing how to comply with it keep being released in dribs and drabs, rewritten, delayed and rewritten again. As a result, employees have no idea how Obamacare will impact them. Read more …

IRS: Obamacare doesn’t require you to offer ‘affordable’ family coverage

The IRS finally published its proposed regs on the Affordable Care Act’s “Employer Shared Responsibility” provision, along with a practical Q&A with real-life examples for employers. Here’s help making sense of it all. Read more …

Obamacare springs new, expensive contractor misclassification penalty

If you’re growing tired of the huge compliance responsibilities Obamacare’s created, you won’t like this: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will now require employers to put even more effort into making sure workers are classified correctly. Read more …

Now IRS says you don’t have to offer health coverage to every full-timer

The IRS has indicated it’ll offer some leniency in its enforcement of perhaps the most controversial requirement of the healthcare reform law. Read more …

FMLA gets expanded: What’s changed?

In 2013, the DOL released a final rule that officially implemented amendments to the FMLA that were first brought to the table years earlier. Read more …

When it’s too late to get FMLA: Court draws the line

Under the FMLA, employers have to bend over backwards to make sure they’re not violating an employee’s right to job protection during a leave of absence. But as one federal appellate court recently ruled, there are limits. Read more …

Manager’s FMLA screw up costs biz $1.2M

A security company in Miami is about to shell out a ton of cash to pay for one manager’s inability to acknowledge an FMLA request. Where did he go wrong? Read more …

Drop spouses from health plan or add a surcharge: Is either move right for you?

Even with comparatively low premium increases the last few years, employers are struggling to shoulder increasing health costs. As a result, they’re turning to more drastic measures to cope. Read more …

First post-DOMA verdict is in: One key takeaway HR needs to know

Much has been written about how the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling could impact employee benefits. Well here’s the first court ruling in which it actually has. And there are implications for HR pros. Read more …

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