Category: Aisling University Employee Benefits Newsletters

Proposed Rules Implement Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision for Federal Tax Purposes

New proposed rules provide that a marriage of two individuals–whether of the same sex or the opposite sex–will be recognized for federal tax purposes if that marriage is recognized by any state, possession, or territory of the United States. The proposed rules implement the U.S. Supreme Court decision issued in June to reflect that same-sex […]

Holiday Bonus Know-How: 3 Guidelines for Employers

The end of the year is a traditional time for recognizing employees’ contributions to your business. Whether you choose to give your employees a raise, a bonus, or a non-monetary reward, it’s important to let your employees know that you appreciate their hard work.   Choosing a Reward While bonuses and pay raises are popular […]

Applicable Dollar Amount for Calculating PCORI Fee Adjusted for Inflation

The IRS has issued guidance which increases the applicable dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. For plan years ending on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016, the fee is $2.17 (multiplied by the average number of lives covered under the plan).   Background PCORI fees […]

No Social Security Benefit Increase for 2016

The Social Security Administration has announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will remain the same in 2016. The Social Security Act provides for an automatic increase in Social Security and SSI benefits if there is an increase in inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners […]

2015 Trends in Employer-Provided Health Benefits

Offers of coverage, employee cost-sharing, and employer responses to Health Care Reform are among the topics analyzed in the annual 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. Key findings from the survey include: 97% of firms with 100 or more employees offered health benefits […]

Final Forms and Instructions Available for Employers to Report 2015 Health Coverage and ACA Compliance

The IRS has released finalized forms and instructions for 2015 to help employers prepare for compliance with the new information reporting provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Covered employers are required to report for the first time in early 2016 for calendar year 2015.   Who is Required to Report As a reminder, Forms […]

Checking in With New Employees

New employee orientation, also known as onboarding, is essential to familiarizing newly hired employees with your workplace. But even if your company doesn’t conduct a formal orientation or onboarding program, there is good reason for employers to connect with new hires after they’ve had a chance to settle in.   Benefits of Checking In Hiring […]

Employers Must Provide Medicare Part D Notices Prior to October 15th

In preparation for the Medicare fall open enrollment period, employers sponsoring group health plans that include prescription drug coverage are required to notify all Medicare-eligible individuals whether such coverage is creditable. Creditable coverage means that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage. This written disclosure […]

5 Ways to Discourage Distracted Driving on the Job

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of worker fatalities each year? Drive Safely Work Week, observed during the first week of October, calls attention to the importance of preventing distracted driving on the job.   What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert attention away from […]

Access to Health Care Remains High on List of Employer-Provided Benefits

Employer-provided medical care was available to 86% of full-time employees in the private sector, according to data from March 2015 reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in July. Twenty-one percent of part-time workers in the private sector had access to employer-provided health care benefits. Access to paid leave continues to top the list […]