Category: Aisling University Employee Benefits Newsletters

OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Must Be Posted From February 1-April 30

Employers subject to the recordkeeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (generally those employers with more than 10 employees, except for those in certain low-hazard industries in the retail, finance, insurance, real estate, and service sectors) are reminded to post OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, from February 1 […]

3 Steps to Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

As highlighted in a recent U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) meeting, harassment of all types continues to be a major problem in the workplace. According to one speaker, one in four women faces harassment in the workplace. Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment. Employers should clearly communicate to employees that sexual harassment […]

Retirement Planning Resources for Your Business

It’s never too early to start taking advantage of the benefits of retirement planning. As a business owner, a retirement plan allows you to invest now for financial security when you and your employees retire. As a bonus, you and your employees can receive significant tax advantages and other incentives. Consider the following benefits of […]

New Standard Mileage Rates and Transportation Benefit Tax Changes

The 2015 optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes is now in effect. Separately, a new law retroactively increases the 2014 monthly benefit exclusion for certain transportation benefits provided to employees.   2015 Standard Mileage Rates Beginning on January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rate […]

Proposed Changes to Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirements

New proposed rules would amend the requirements related to distribution of a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC). Under Health Care Reform, a group health plan (or the insurer) must provide employees with a standard SBC form explaining plan coverage and costs at specified times during the enrollment process and upon request.   Key Highlights […]

Reminder: Certificates Showing Prior Health Coverage for Employees No Longer Required Beginning December 31, 2014

As part of the federal Health Care Reform law, employer-sponsored group health plans are no longer permitted to apply pre-existing condition exclusion periods to individuals covered under the plan. A pre-existing condition exclusion period is the time period during which a health plan will not pay for care relating to a pre-existing health or medical […]

States Vote For Paid Sick Leave, Higher Minimum Wages & Legalized Marijuana

Voters in many states weighed in on important public-policy questions affecting employers and HR.   Paid Sick Leave Massachusetts voters approved a measure allowing workers at companies with at least 11 employees to earn paid sick time. The law goes into effect in July 2015, when workers can earn 1 hour of paid time off […]

2015 FSA Contribution Limits

The annual dollar limit on employee contributions to employer-sponsored health care Flexible Spending Accounts rises to $2,550 in 2015, up from $2,500 in 2014. The annual limit for dependent care FSA or dependent care assistance plans (DCAPs) will remain at $5,000 for qualifying individuals and those who are married and file a joint return, and […]

Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability

Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year-but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company? If you choose to have alcohol at your holiday party, consider the following tips to help keep you and your […]