Learn about the change to hardship distributions employers may consider adopting. New legislation did not change what might constitute an individual hardship, but it does make hardship withdrawals easier to obtain for participants.
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OSHA recently released a memo clarifying how to apply standards when conducting compliance investigations. The federal regulations are still in place and remain unchanged, but the memo raises some concerns about post-accident drug testing.
About three million workers service equipment and face the risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. According to OSHA, compliance with the LOTO standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
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The end of the individual mandate penalty in 2019 does not change an employer’s 1094C/1095C reporting obligations. The information reported on the 1094C/1095C forms relates primarily to the employer mandate, which is not going away.
On-site clinics are a growing trend, but employers should consider the legal implications and practical considerations of sponsoring on-site clinics. This eBook discusses the risks, compliance and administrative obligations, as well as, the best practices for implementing a clinic designed to help reduce health plan costs and boost employee productivity.
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Frequency and severity of large claims are on the rise as the cost of medications and treatment continues to increase. Large claims are also more likely to be ongoing and have repeated high annual costs. These factors, combined with the elimination of lifetime claim maximums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have created disruption in the normally sleepy stop-loss world.
This eBook is a great companion piece to our upcoming "Motivating the Millennials" webinar on Wednesday, April 18. Register for this complimentary webinar and join us to better understanding the mindset and motivations of the Millennial generation. This eBook will cover the leading benefit strategies for attracting and motivating this new generation of workers.
More employees are working
past age 65 instead of retiring, and many employers are wondering: Does the employee’s Medicare
eligibility affect the employer’s benefit programs? This eBook addresses the most
common questions we receive regarding issues such as eligibility, entitlement, health plan design and enrollment, employee education, and more.
Telemedicine provides medical care “on demand” by
phone, smartphone, tablet or PC, as well as remote
evaluations and monitoring. Employers are adopting telemedicine initiatives in record numbers for the potential cost-savings, improved employee productivity, increased access to healthcare and enhanced employee relations. Your decisions about the design of your telemedicine program will have practical and legal compliance implications. This eBook will help you evaluate your options.
In this publication, we will discuss the scope of the fiduciary rule as well as the individuals and relationships affected. We'll cover the specific impact on plan sponsors of retirement plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act’s (ERISA). The number of ERISA fiduciaries will increase largely because the definition of fiduciary “advice” has changed. We will also discuss the future of the rule, from politics to the potential uptick of litigation.
In this publication, we will first discuss the best practices for protecting your manufacturing plant and contents. Next, we will address the importance of protecting your income stream and paying for the extra expenses that accompany a property loss. Finally, we will address some of the less obvious property exposures that can damage your business.
Offering fringe benefits that are valuable to employees can improve job satisfaction, employee retention and recruiting. Fringe benefits can be both taxable and nontaxable. To avoid tax liability, inaccurate payroll records and peeved employees, it is vital employers know the differences between taxable and nontaxable fringe benefits as well as the compliance requirements for nontaxable fringe benefits. This eBook on nontaxable fringe benefits will discuss options offered outside of an employer's cafeteria plan, employee business expenses as well as reimbursable expenses (incurred by employees) and health and wellness benefits.
Updated - November 23, 2015: As employers look for more creative ways to reduce the cost of health coverage, deliver diverse options to employees and encourage employees to take a more active role in evaluating the cost of healthcare services, consumer-driven plan designs such as high deductible health plans with health savings accounts (HDHP-HAS) coverage will continue to trend upward. However, it is important for employers to understand the rules and restrictions governing these plan designs. This eBook will assist employers in ensuring they are administering their health savings accounts and other benefit plans in accordance with legal requirements.
Learn about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance and accommodations for pregnant employees and the potential impact of a recent Supreme Court ruling. Some employers might choose to do nothing while others implement best practices – know what you’re getting into whichever course you take.
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