Month: August 2016

Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Include Elimination of Filing Exemption for Small Group Health Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies have released two proposed rules revising the Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF Annual Returns/Reports that are required to be filed by certain employee benefit plans. Among other changes, the proposed rules would: Introduce basic reporting requirements for all group health plans that have fewer than 100 participants and are covered […]

Best Practices for Preventing Workplace Harassment

A new report from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights best practices for employers to prevent and respond to workplace harassment. Harassment Defined  Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). […]

It’s Not Too Late for Employers to File ACA Information Returns

Employers May Continue to File ACA Information Returns (Forms 1094 & 1095) While the deadline to electronically file Affordable Care Act (ACA) information returns with the IRS passed on June 30, 2016, the ACA Information Returns (AIR) system used to electronically file those returns, as well as the ability to complete required system testing, remains up […]

5 Guidelines for Protecting Employees from Heat Stress

With a heat wave spreading across much of the country, it is critical that employers recognize the hazards of working in hot environments and take steps to reduce the risk to workers. Consider the following actions that can help protect employees: Provide heat stress training. Topics you may wish to address include worker risk, prevention, symptoms (including […]