Nearly every type of employer must address the issue of Benefits for employees, including mandated benefits and optional benefits. These articles will help you understand your obligations and the best practices. You can search for something specific or browse the articles below. To view a particular piece of content, just click on its name.

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October 23, 2017

Health FSA Limit Will Increase for 2018

The ACA imposes a maximum dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to a health FSA. Although the ACA set this limit at $2,500, the limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments each year. On Oct. 19, 2017, the IRS announced that, for taxable years beginning in 2018, the dollar limit on employees' salary reduction contributions to a health FSA will increase to $2,650.
October 13, 2017

President Signs Executive Order Designed to Change ACA Rules

On Oct. 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to change certain rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order would relax regulations on association health plans. This change could allow individuals and small businesses to purchase health insurance policies across state lines and avoid certain ACA requirements. The executive order also directs the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (Departments) to consider expanding the availability of low-cost short-term, limited-duration insurance and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
August 30, 2017

Updated Form I-9 Required Beginning Sept. 18

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee or hires an individual for employment in the United States must complete a Form I-9.
March 22, 2017

Telemedicine—Impact on HSA Eligibility

Telemedicine is becoming a popular method of providing a variety of medical services. Some employers offer a telemedicine benefit that allows employees to interact with health care professionals via phone, video chat, email or text for diagnosis, consultation and treatment.
March 15, 2017

The Hottest Benefit of 2017?

Businesses looking to attract new employees must distinguish themselves from the competition. Creative benefits often do the trick, particularly if they address specific needs. With an increase in college graduates entering the workforce and a large amount of them graduating with substantial debt, some companies are enticing prospective employees with a student loan repayment benefit.
March 10, 2017

American Health Care Act: What Won’t Change

The bills that make up the AHCA were primarily focused on what changes would be made to existing ACA rules. Here are some items that would not change under the proposal.
March 8, 2017

House Committees Release ACA Replacement Bills

On March 6, 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives issued two bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through the budget reconciliation process. These bills, which were issued by the Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee, are collectively known as the American Health Care Act.
March 1, 2017

ACA and Employer Health Plans Under President Trump

President Donald Trump has made dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA) one of the cornerstones of his administration. Steps have already been taken to begin the process. Employers should be aware that the following plan requirements would change if the ACA is repealed...