Category: Aisling University Employee Benefits Newsletters

Final Rules Revise Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Requirements

New final regulations amend the existing rules on the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) notice requirements under Health Care Reform for SBCs with respect to coverage that begins on or after September 1, 2015. Among other things, the new regulations place additional obligations on group health plans that enter into a binding contract with […]

2015 Draft Forms Available to Help Employers Prepare for ACA Information Reporting

The IRS has released draft forms for 2015 to help employers who are subject to the new information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prepare for compliance. Affected employers are required to report for the first time in early 2016 for calendar year 2015. In general: Forms 1094-C and 1095-C will be used […]

2016 HSA Contribution Limits and Minimum Deductibles

The IRS has released the 2016 inflation adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs). To be eligible to make HSA contributions, an individual must be covered under a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and meet certain other eligibility requirements.   High Deductible Health Plan Coverage An HDHP has a higher annual deductible than typical health […]

OSHA Updates ‘It’s The Law’ Poster for Employers to Display in the Workplace

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of its Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law!” poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it; however, previous versions of the poster do not need to be replaced. (Employers in states operating OSHA-approved […]

OSHA Updates 'It's The Law' Poster for Employers to Display in the Workplace

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of its Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law!” poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it; however, previous versions of the poster do not need to be replaced. (Employers in states operating OSHA-approved […]

New IRS Q&As on ACA Information Reporting by Large Employers

A new set of Q&As from the IRS provides additional information for large employers that are required to file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, as part of the information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Information reporting is first required in early 2016 with respect to calendar year 2015.   Background The ACA requires […]

New IRS Q&As on ACA Information Reporting by Large Employers

A new set of Q&As from the IRS provides additional information for large employers that are required to file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, as part of the information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Information reporting is first required in early 2016 with respect to calendar year 2015.   Background The ACA requires […]

Updated FMLA Model Forms Now Available for Use by Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released updated model forms for employers to use in connection with leave taken by their employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The updated forms reflect a new expiration date of May 31, 2018. (Previously released versions contained month-to-month expiration dates.) Under the FMLA, eligible employees […]

LGBT Workers and Employment Discrimination: What Employers Should Know

New guidance released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights what employers should know about the agency’s enforcement efforts on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals under federal employment discrimination laws.   Background Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of […]

Employee Engagement Tied to Opinion of Total Rewards

A recent survey conducted by Aon Hewitt shows a strong link between employees’ levels of engagement and how they perceive their employers’ total rewards packages. Total rewards include everything a company offers to its employees, from base pay to health insurance, work/life balance programs, and career development opportunities. Overall, the study found that employees who […]