Tag: ACA

How Does ACA Impact Employee Wellness Programs?

Did you know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains provisions related to the implementation of employee wellness programs? The latest information– the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register – defined new parameters for employee wellness programs. It directs how they must be designed and administered to make sure they are equally available […]

Supreme Court agrees to hear ACA contraception coverage cases

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) overcame a large hurdle when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its provisions (including the individual mandate) last year, the Court announced today that it would take another look at the law. This time, it will be reviewing another one of the law’s controversial mandates—the contraceptive mandate. Under the ACA, […]

PPACA Terms of Art You Need to Know to Comply

Employer shared responsibility or “play or pay” provisions (aka 4980H) of the ACA are effective January 1, 2014; however, no penalties will be assessed until 2015. Nevertheless, says Gillihan, your planning must be ongoing now if you plan to use a 12-month measurement period—that period has already started. Gillihan is counsel in the Atlanta office […]

ACA Full of Terms of Art (That You Need to Know)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its “play or pay” provision are jam-packed with terms of art, says attorney Ashley Gillihan. Let’s talk about “applicable large employer,” “full time,” and “hours of service” for starters.

Cupcake Confections and Their HR Connections

It may not be on your wellness program’s list of healthy foods, but recently cupcakes have been in the news in relation to Human Resources. In the past year, nearly one third (32 percent) of workers have called in sick when not actually ill, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. Along the same lines, 30 […]

Top 10: Compensation & Benefits Daily Advisor Review

10 Phrases Successful Managers Never Use Whether you’re making a formal request, pitching an applicant, or proposing an idea, there are ten phrases that can ruin your pitch, says author Darlene Price. Editor’s Choice: How To Handle Employee Pay During Winter Weather Closures: INFOGRAPHIC For this edition of the Compensation Daily Advisor, we present you […]

ACA Will Make Wellness Even More Important

Your wellness program may get much more important under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), says Morris, a member of the firm Epstein Becker Green in its Washington, D.C., office who specializes in benefits. There are already many benefits to wellness programs, but Morris is convinced they will become even more crucial as the ACA unfolds […]

ACA Challenges–What’s ‘Affordable’ and What’s ‘Minimum’ Coverage?

Under what circumstances will an employer owe an Employer Shared Responsibility payment? In 2014, says Simon, senior legal editor at BLR®,  if an employer meets the 50 full-time employee threshold, the employer generally will be liable for an Employer Shared Responsibility payment only if either: The company doesn’t provide coverage to substantially all (95% or […]

ACA: Expect Flex, Delay, and Some Hassle in 2013

In fact, the delays have already started, says Simon, senior legal editor at BLR. The health insurance exchange notice distribution requirement has been delayed. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that the March 1, 2013, deadline for employers to distribute notices about the availability of health insurance exchanges has been delayed until […]

ACA May Push Employers to Strengthen Wellness Programs

Your wellness program may get way more important under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), says Morris, a member of the firm Epstein Becker Green in its Washington, D.C., office who specializes in benefits. There are already many benefits to wellness programs, but Morris is convinced they will become even more crucial as the ACA unfolds […]