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HR Effects of Same-sex Marriage Legalization

08 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country, employers need to be aware of the effects on employment laws and regulations. The June 26, 2015, decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case specifically ruled that the denial of marriage licenses and recognition t...

What’s your company’s BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy?

01 September, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Should employees be allowed to use their own smart phones, tablets and laptop computers at the office? What type of guidelines or restrictions should there be, especially concerning utilization of company resources and transmission of information from/to these personal mobile devices? How much remot...

APA and Others Tell Congress: “Don’t SOC it to us!”

25 August, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute

The American Payroll Association (APA) joined 60 other organizations in a letter formally objecting to new employer reporting requirements being considered by Congress. Dated June 9, 2015, the letter was delivered by the Strategic Services on Unemployment & Workers’ Compensation (UWC) to the Cha...

ACA Employer Reporting Compliance — Part 2

18 August, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Part 1 introduced some of the challenges of the reporting requirements. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to report information about the offer of health insurance coverage to their employees. Some Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) — defined as those with more than 50 full-time equiv...

ACA Employer Reporting Compliance — Part 1

10 August, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

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 at least minimal essential co...

Cadillac Tax Implementation is Full Steam Ahead

05 August, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

One of the few remaining Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements is a 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance coverage that exceeds specified threshold amounts. Also known as the Cadillac tax, it becomes effective in 2018 and is expected to be a major source of revenue. As a fol...

Along for the RIDE

28 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Recently, North Dakota became the latest state to sign up for RIDE (Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify), joining Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi and Nebraska. RIDE is an ongoing E-Verify initiative that links E-Verify with participating state driver licensing agencies in conjunction wi...

Does your time and attendance system have you trapped in a maze?

22 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

There’s no argument that data drives your business.  If you were to share a diagram of the numerous systems your data is entered, housed and retrieved, would it look clean and precise or more like maze with no exit in sight?  Numerous interfaces make data collection time-consuming, difficult to coll...

Increased Penalties for Failing to File Information Returns

15 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 45 seconds

While we already knew there would be penalties for failing to file IRS forms 1094 and 1095, the recently enacted Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 revised Section 6721(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, providing penalty increases, making it more painful should an employer fail to file in a t...

Execute Your Talent Management Strategy to Win

14 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Professional sports teams are masters of talent management.  They know how to select the right players for each position, how to evaluate their performance, how to get the most out every player’s strengths and how to improve on their weaknesses.  They keep their players engaged and focused on a sing...

Technology Helps Manage Mergers and Acquisitions

07 July, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Mergers and acquisitions are important to the business world, leading to company growth, venturing into a new field, getting that much needed technology or even reducing the competition.During the process, the organization may gain a larger presence in their field, increase profits and/or efficienci...

Where’s the Process? ACA-style

30 June, 2015  |  2 Comments

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

You remember the question from the Wendy’s commercial in the 80’s, don’t you?  Where’s the beef?  It has been stuck in our head for decades.  Now that the deadline for the ACA IRS reporting is looming, everyone seems to be asking “Where’s the process?”  It may or may not have occurred to the IRS tha...

ACA Subsidies Upheld by Supreme Court

26 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 15 seconds

The wait is over.  On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court released its opinion on the Affordable Care Act’s premium tax subsidies.  At issue in the case of King vs. Burwell, was whether subsidies should be provided only for exchanges available in states “established by the State” or if credits should a...

Please prove your ACA coverage — you have 20 seconds to comply!

23 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandates and deadlines may not be as severe and scary as the famous haywire robot test scene in RoboCop, but aspects of the law are putting plenty of fear into those who have been paying attention to its implementation requirements. Repercussions can be much wo...

7 Vital Criteria for Hiring a COBRA Administrator

16 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Few people know what the acronym COBRA actually stands for, but most know basically what it does.  From Wikipedia:  The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (or COBRA) is a law passed by the U.S. Congress on a reconciliation basis and signed by President Ronald Reagan that, among o...

What’s so hot about mobile for employees? 4 big things!

09 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

The majority of today’s workforce is already using mobile technology, as close to 78 percent of American adults are regularly operating some kind of mobile device to learn, have fun and get things done. Instant access to information provides the capability to access and manage work-related tasks fro...

9 Reasons Why a Good Benefits Broker Is More Crucial Than Ever

03 June, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Most good employers want to provide a strong benefit package, and they want to do it in a way that complies with legal requirements. But the increasingly complex nature of benefits – especially since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – is making that more difficult. Even an employe...

7 Crucial ACA Questions Answered

26 May, 2015  |  6 Comments

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

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, issuers and providers of insurance, as well as Applicab...

Employee Wellness Helps Keep Companies Fit

19 May, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Employee wellness is much more than a workplace buzz phrase. Companies have been discovering the multiple advantages of helping their employees take important steps toward maintaining optimum physical and mental health. As the programs have become more popular, governmental oversight has been sought...

TAMRA: Four Important Guidelines to COBRA Compliance

12 May, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 15 seconds

In late 1988, Congress passed TAMRA (Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988) which provided guidelines for judging an employer’s COBRA compliance. By meeting the TAMRA guidelines beforehand, an employer stands a strong chance of being judged in a favorable light by the IRS, thus potentially...

Five things to know about Dependent Care FSA

05 May, 2015  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

Many employers offer Dependent Care in conjunction with their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) to help employees save money on dependent care expenses.  Contributions to the Dependent Care account are made with pre-tax dollars, resulting in paying fewer taxes, increasing take-home pay and savin...

Don’t get Snake bit by COBRA!

28 April, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires that former employees be able to continue participating in the company’s health insurance coverage for a specific length of time. Some employers may think their obligations end when the employee leaves, but believing this may be as...

Biometrics: Must-have Technology

21 April, 2015  |  1 Comments

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

It the not so distant past, this sounded like science fiction:  use your fingerprint or retina to gain access to the super computer that rules the world!  But over the last decade or so, biometrics has become the must-have technology of employers wanting better workforce management. From adoption t...

Part 2, ACA Continues to Challenge Compliance by Affecting ERISA and FLSA

14 April, 2015

Estimated time to read: 2 minutes

In Part 1, we reviewed the far reaching affects the ACA has had on numerous laws, requiring changes to procedures and compliance programs.  Here we will review the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). FLSA The FLSA law was passed in 1938 to protect both a worker’s pay and working hours.  There are thr...

Part 1, ACA Continues to Challenge Compliance by Affecting ERISA and FLSA

07 April, 2015

Estimated time to read: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Part 1 It is no secret that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is burdensome and complex.  Employers, insurance brokers, vendors and anyone else who provides or services any insurance product, funds an insurance product or needs one has been effected either positively or negatively by this law.  It’s be...