It’s Time for Open Enrollment: Is Your Business Prepared?

The summer months are coming to an end, which means it is time for cooler weather, fall leaves and one of the most important times for employers: re-enrolling employees in benefits. Employee benefits continue to play a strong role in helping employers recruit and maintain quality talent, and are an important priority for employers preparing […]

Top Benefits: What Employees Really Want

Pay raise, or enhanced benefits? Many employees are now choosing the latter when deciding what they want the most from their jobs. A 2015 study conducted by Glassdoor found that nearly 80% of employees would prefer improved benefits packages from their employers over a pay raise. The report showed that this preference is consistent across […]

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 […]

Key Penalty Increases After August 1st, 2016

Employers that do not comply with certain requirements under a number of federal labor laws will face increased fines beginning with civil penalties assessed after August 1, 2016 (whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015). Key Penalty Increases Penalty increases announced by the U.S. Department of Labor that may be of particular interest include: Repeated or willful violations […]