Category: Aisling University Employee Benefits Newsletters

FMLA Protections Extended to All Eligible Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

Effective March 27, 2015, a final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will extend the protections of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live. Under the FMLA, an eligible employee of a covered employer (50 or more employees in […]

3 Things to Consider When Terminating an Employee

Terminating an employee is never a pleasant task, but at times it is a necessary part of managing your workforce. Here are some steps you can take to protect your business against possible wrongful termination claims:   1. Understand the Employment At-Will Rule Almost all states recognize employment at-will. This means that, absent a law […]

Updated Model CHIP Notice for Employers

An updated model notice is now available for employers that provide group health coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to inform employees of potential opportunities for assistance in obtaining coverage. The employer CHIP notice must be provided annually before the start of each plan year. An […]

Additional Guidance on Retroactive Increase for 2014 Monthly Transit Benefits

IRS guidance on how to apply the retroactive increase for monthly transit benefits in 2014 is now available for employers. As announced in December, the monthly exclusion for combined commuter highway vehicle transportation and transit passes was retroactively increased from $130 to $250, until January 1, 2015. The guidance provides a special administrative procedure for […]

OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Must Be Posted From February 1-April 30

Employers subject to the recordkeeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (generally those employers with more than 10 employees, except for those in certain low-hazard industries in the retail, finance, insurance, real estate, and service sectors) are reminded to post OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, from February 1 […]

3 Steps to Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

As highlighted in a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) meeting, harassment of all types continues to be a major problem in the workplace. According to one speaker, one in four women faces harassment in the workplace. Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment. Employers should clearly communicate to employees that sexual harassment […]

Retirement Planning Resources for Your Business

It’s never too early to start taking advantage of the benefits of retirement planning. As a business owner, a retirement plan allows you to invest now for financial security when you and your employees retire. As a bonus, you and your employees can receive significant tax advantages and other incentives. Consider the following benefits of […]

New Standard Mileage Rates and Transportation Benefit Tax Changes

The 2015 optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes is now in effect. Separately, a new law retroactively increases the 2014 monthly benefit exclusion for certain transportation benefits provided to employees.   2015 Standard Mileage Rates Beginning on January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rate […]

Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements

New proposed rules would amend the requirements related to distribution of a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC). Under Health Care Reform, a group health plan (or the insurer) must provide employees with a standard SBC form explaining plan coverage and costs at specified times during the enrollment process and upon request.   Key Highlights […]