A view into the latest Benefits and HR topics
26Oct 2016

Could your strategy “benefit” from a second opinion?

Authors: |Benefits, Human Resources, Strategy|0 Comments

When it comes to our personal health, when the stakes are high – e.g., we’re diagnosed with a serious chronic condition or we’re told we need surgery – many of us conduct our own research to become more informed, and even seek a second opinion. We generally take these steps for any of four reasons: (1) We want to increase [...]

19Oct 2016

What lies beneath: Don’t let it sabotage your change initiative

Authors: |Organizational Change|0 Comments

On her journey to Oz, Dorothy had lions, and tigers and bears to contend with.  As change leaders, we face three equally daunting, although far less visible, challenges as we implement organizational change – the beliefs, competing commitments and psychological contracts held by employees. We can change the organization’s reporting structure, systems, processes and policies, but unless we help employees [...]

19Jul 2016

IRS Releases 2016 Draft Forms 1094 and 1095

Authors: |Compliance, In The Know|0 Comments

Amid many employers’ efforts to correct their 2015 forms, the IRS recently released draft copies of the 2016 Forms 1094 and 1095, previewing changes for the upcoming plan year.  As noted in the July 18th HR Benefits Authority, there are only a few changes identified thus far, and the draft forms were not accompanied by new draft instructions for employers. [...]

12Jul 2016

Tips for NMSN and MCSO Administration

Authors: |Administration, Compliance|0 Comments

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), employers who offer group health benefits to employees must extend health coverage to the children of an employee who is the parent (parent-employee), when ordered to do so by state authorities. This provision applies whether the parent-employee is divorced, separated, or never married. State authorities order health coverage for children one of [...]

5Jul 2016

Health & Human Services Issues Marketplace Appeals

Authors: |In The Know|0 Comments

Recently, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) began issuing health insurance marketplace notices for employees who have been identified as eligible for premium tax credits for 2016 coverage in the health insurance exchange.  While the HHS determination has no direct affect as to whether a company will be assessed employer mandate penalties, employers should consider their strategy to [...]