If yours is a small company, you may feel envious about the fabulous employee benefits packages offered by the big guys. Just like them, you need to attract and retain key talent to move your business forward. But with their fancy dry cleaning pick up service and pet insurance, how can you compete with larger […]
As the population ages, more and more employees are finding themselves part of what is often called the “sandwich generation.” This group, unlike the traditional generations, is not defined by what year you were born but rather by a stage of life—the stage in which you find yourself sandwiched between caregiving responsibilities for both dependents […]
A recent survey has found that although the national unemployment rate is cited at a low 4.4% (June 2017) by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1 in 4 Americans report that they are looking for a job.
The apparent demise of a full-scale Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal may be followed by more incremental efforts to tweak ACA requirements. For now, however, the lack of dramatic changes means that some employers may need to refocus on the reporting and other requirements of the law.
New survey findings, released by Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® (TCRS), reveals that 69% of employers believe most of their employees could work to age 65 and still not save enough to meet their retirement needs, a disturbing finding given the vital societal role that employers play in helping workers save, plan, and prepare for […]
The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota—recently affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a nurse’s lawsuit against her employer and its insurer, in which she claimed that the denial of insurance coverage for her son’s gender reassignment treatment amounted to sex discrimination.
A voluntary benefit plan is a suite of benefits offered by an employer that is voluntary for employees to use and is typically paid for by the employee via payroll deductions. These types of benefits are usually offered in addition to the core benefit program provided by the employer. They represent extra benefits that the […]
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) plan administrators seeking to better understand how the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)—including its advance payment system and how it will impact COBRA coverage and documentation—may find useful a new report issued by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), as well as corresponding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recommendations. […]
An employee or applicant who is disabled (or who qualifies as disabled) has the right to the legal protections granted under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But does that right extend to the right to take leave related to the individual’s disability?
For employees, today’s healthcare environment is a little like squeezing a balloon: when health insurance premiums are affordable, then the side with the out-of-pocket costs inflates. If that side is more reasonable, monthly premiums expand. Either way, health care coverage and insurance costs are likely to drain the budgets of those they are designed to […]