Benefit advisers and employers should follow these suggestions from Mercer on ways to make open enrollment 2015 successful for companies and employers alike.
The bill that would establish a federal clearinghouse for state-by-state broker and agent licensing has successfully passed the U.S. Senate as an amendment to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, known as TRIA. It was previously left off another insurance industry bill at this point in the process.
Commentary: In todays ubiquitous social media environment, employers face tremendous risks when utilizing social media as part of the hiring process. Even the most stringent recruitment process can become infiltrated with discriminatory practices, whether its intentional or not. Human resources professionals continue to struggle with this.
Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to counter the debated Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, which favored religious exemptions to certain contraception methods.
As reports of more DOL audits continue to spook benefit advisers into talking compliance with their clients, employers are confirming that they, too, are fearful of federal agencies monitoring.
Over the past two months, minimum wage increases have either been signed into law or enacted in states from coast to coast. With many more locales still considering changes, management and legal authorities recommend employers of all sizes and industry revisit their pay structures.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions vigorous zeal for employer compliance with the Americans with Disability Act is not showing any signs of letting up. As a result, legal advisers in the labor and employment field recommend that employers of all sizes conduct a thorough review of their policies and accommodations.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacares contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.
If it smells like a benefit plan, you likely have to follow ERISA, said one speaker at the National Association of Health Underwriters annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here are some general tips benefit advisers need to know about complying with this law, for your clients and their employees alike.
The majority of Americans, including many small business owners, are still confused about the health reform legislation, according to Health Partners America, a broker training and education organization. Here are 10 FAQs about the Affordable Care Act and its implications for small businesses.
There are few smiles as the ACAs effect on dental coverage begins to be better understood. Coupling dental benefits with health care coverage may have unintended consequences and complicate access for employees.
The majority of Americans, including many small business owners, are still confused about the health reform legislation, according to agent training and support organization Health Partners America. Here are 10 common FAQs small group clients have about the ACA so that you can be prepared to answer them.
When he ran for president in 1988, Michael Dukakis infused the phrase Massachusetts Miracle into stump speeches to describe the states economic transformation. That same description could apply if a costly and controversial plan to fix the states Connector exchange succeeds.
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service has focused enforcement activity on examining the implementation of a strong internal control system. The IRS has publicly stated that if a plan is selected for audit the agent will use their evaluation of the plans internal controls to determine whether the scope of the examination will be focused or expanded.
The IRS has launched a compliance check program to better understand how plan sponsors are complying with Roth deferral provisions in 401(k) plans. If asked to participate, failure to to respond could trigger an audit.