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COBRA and the Employee Count

There has been a lot of talk and confusion about employee count and determining employees for health care compliance. One area employers may not realize where the employee count matters is how it will affect COBRA. For COBRA purposes, an employer needs […]

7 Crucial ACA Questions Answered

7 Crucial ACA Questions

January 31, 2016 seems so far away, doesn’t it? Yet the very preparation for that day should have begun no later than January 1, 2015. Regulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect on this date that would require marketplaces, […]

2015 Minimum Wage Increase and Transit Benefits

Many of us ring in the New Year with resolutions to change or improve our life.  Although it’s not a personal resolution,  many states are raising the 2015 minimum wage as a result of either inflation or legislative action, affecting workers nationwide. […]

Five Interview Questions You Didn’t Know Were Illegal

The point of any interview is to get to know as much as possible about a potential job candidate. Making sure a possible candidate is a good fit for both the position and the company at large does well for all parties […]

7 Tips for Managing Virtual Employees

The Internet has made working from home a reality for employees and has completely changed the way businesses operate in the modern world. No longer do business owners have to pay for office space, they can simply meet with their employees virtually […]

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Employer ACA Requirements

Not to be outdone by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health and Human Service (HHS), the IRS also released guidance over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Final rules for minimum essential coverage and other employer shared responsibility requirements joined the Federal […]

Top Six Benefit Trends for 2016

As 2015 has come and gone, most people are looking ahead to what 2016 will bring. Whether their resolutions include personal health, professional growth, or time with loved ones, chances are good that the benefits they receive at work will be important […]

HIPAA Certificates Requirement Ending

HIPAA certificates of creditable coverage have served workers well to prove they have had health coverage and may be exempt from exclusions when changing health coverage.  But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. The Affordable Care […]

Have you Checked Your Year-end List?

Some of us make lists for everything – spring cleaning, errands, groceries and daily tasks.  There’s one list that HR, payroll and benefit professionals should definitely have – their year-end requirements. Here are some items that should be on that list: General […]

ACA Employer Reporting Compliance — Part 1

The employer reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to challenge and confuse many of those who must comply.  The law empowers the IRS to verify and enforce that large employers have offered their employees affordable health insurance plans with […]