December 13

Could an FSA Offer the Benefits Flexibility You Need?

February 20

An Employee Assistance Program Can Keep Your Top Players on the Floor

Reading Time: < 1 minute   A good basketball team is at its best when its top players are on the floor. Similarly, a company is the most productive, efficient and innovative when its best employees are in the right positions, doing great work.   Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for good employees to battle personal problems, such as substance dependence,.

August 23

Should you offer spousal health care coverage?

Reading Time: 2 minutes   When looking to manage benefits costs, employers have many ideas to consider. One in particular is whether and how to offer health care insurance to their employees’ spouses.   The Affordable Care Act doesn’t require spousal coverage. It only requires coverage for dependent children. But many employees may frown on seeing spousal coverage suddenly.

July 18

HSA + HDHP = Your ideal benefits strategy?

February 25

Affordable Care Act – Short-term relief for some employers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Under the ACA, the shared-responsibility provision (commonly referred to as “play-or-pay”) applies to “large” employers — those with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees. Play-or-pay had been scheduled to go into effect in 2014 but last year the IRS pushed that out to 2015. Now, under the final regs, eligible midsize employers that otherwise would be considered large employers under the ACA won’t be subject to the provision until 2016.

January 22

ACA additional Medicare tax

Reading Time: < 1 minute Unlike regular Medicare taxes, the additional Medicare tax doesn’t include a corresponding employer portion. But employers are obligated to withhold the additional tax to the extent that an employee’s wages exceed $200,000 in a calendar year.