Category: Aisling University Employee Benefits Newsletters

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 […]

Wrap SPDs: Satisfying Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans

To ensure that employees participating in a group health plan are provided with the most important facts about their benefits, rights, and obligations under the plan, the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires the plan administrator–typically the employer sponsoring the plan–to furnish a Summary Plan Description (SPD). The SPD contains important disclosures and […]

3 Guidelines for Managing Difficult Employees

Managing a difficult employee is one of the biggest challenges an employer can face. While you might be tempted to ignore the situation and hope it improves on its own, it’s important to take action before the behavior affects overall workplace morale and productivity (or drives other valuable employees away). These three steps can help […]

Quick Facts About the American with Disabilities Act

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Under the law, private employers with 15 or more employees may not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.   Did you know… The ADA also […]