Archive for Employer News’ Category

The Shift Away from Health Risk Assessments
Nov

29

2016

The Shift Away from Health Risk Assessments

Historically, employers have utilized health risk assessments (HRAs) as one measurement tool in wellness program design. The main goals of an HRA are to assess individual health status and risk and provide feedback to participants on how to manage risk. Employers have traditionally relied on this type of assessment to evaluate the overall health risk of their population in order to develop appropriate wellness strategies….

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Why Technology Plays an Important Role as Workplace Demographics Shift
Nov

22

2016

Why Technology Plays an Important Role as Workplace Demographics Shift

As an increasing number of Baby Boomers retire and leave the workforce, millennials are positioned to take on more leadership roles in the business world. Millennials bring with them a unique and evolving knowledge of technology and innovative HR practices that differ greatly from their Baby Boomer predecessors. As managerial roles are transferred from the Baby Boomer generation to millennials, forward-thinking businesses will create plans…

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Nov

18

2016

UBA Special Report: 2016 Trends in Employer Wellness Programs

The latest round of regulations in the area of wellness (what employers can and can’t do) is proving to be a hotly contested topic. Employers are eager to offer incentives as a way to both encourage wellness and also lower health care costs. However, employee privacy is on the line, and some argue, at risk. Even though many employers may never see the data collected,…

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Are Opt-Outs on the Way Out?
Oct

28

2016

Are Opt-Outs on the Way Out?

Opt-out payments or cash in lieu of benefits have been a staple in the employee benefits industry for many years. Employers offer individuals who are eligible to enroll in their group health plan a sum of money, typically paid monthly, to those who waive enrollment in the group health plan. Employers who offer group health plans often use opt-out payments to share the savings they…

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Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage
Oct

7

2016

Reporting Minimum Essential Coverage

Minimum essential coverage (MEC) is the type of coverage that an individual must have under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers that are subject to the ACA’s shared responsibility provisions (often called “play or pay”) must offer MEC coverage that is affordable and provides minimum value.In the fall of 2015 the IRS issued Notice 2015-68 stating it was planning to propose regulations…

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Finally, a New I-9
Sep

29

2016

Finally, a New I-9

Since the current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, expired on March 31, 2016, employers have been awaiting a new, updated form. On August 25, 2016, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9. Consequently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has 90 days to update the form and must publish a revised form by November 22, 2016….

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Sep

9

2016

Employer Medicare Part D Notices Are Due Before October 15

Are you an employer that offers or provides group health coverage to your workers? Does your health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs — either as a medical claim or through a card system? If so, be sure to distribute your plan’s Medicare Part D notice before October 15.PurposeMedicare began offering “Part D” plans — optional prescription drug benefit plans sold by private insurance companies and…

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IRS Proposes New Section 6055 Reporting Requirements for Self-Insured Employers
Sep

8

2016

IRS Proposes New Section 6055 Reporting Requirements for Self-Insured Employers

Employers with self-insured health plans are facing new Section 6055 regulations regarding the reporting of minimum essential coverage. The proposed regulation requires self-insured employers to report this information to the IRS on either Form 1095-B or in Part III of Form 1095-C, if the coverage is provided by an applicable large employer.Section 6055 reporting identifies those individuals who are enrolled in minimum essential coverage. In order…

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