Employee Benefits

FSA Limit will Increase for 2020

FSA Limit will Increase for 2020

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a dollar limit on employees’ salary reduction contributions to health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) offered under cafeteria plans. This FSA limit is indexed for cost-of-living adjustments and may be increased each year. On Nov.
Learn more
Sleep and Electronic Devices

Sleep and Electronic Devices

The personal electronic devices that help make your daily life easier may be doing the opposite in regard to your nightly sleep habits. If you’re having a hard time falling and staying asleep, devices like your cellphone, TV and tablet
Learn more
Amazon Announces Virtual Medical Clinic for Its Employees

Amazon Announces Virtual Medical Clinic for Its Employees

On Sept. 24, 2019, Amazon announced on a website, Amazon.care, that it is launching a virtual health clinic for its Seattle-based employees and their families. Amazon is working with Oasis Medical Group, a Washington state-based company, to provide the telemedicine
Learn more
IRS Confirms ACA Pay or Play Penalties Still Apply

IRS Confirms ACA Pay or Play Penalties Still Apply

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released an information letter regarding the employer shared responsibility (pay or play) penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This information letter confirms that the pay or play penalties continue to apply for
Learn more
Recruiting for Soft Skills: HR Insights

Recruiting for Soft Skills: HR Insights

There’s a lot more that goes into finding the right candidate for your company’s opening than just a block of text. That’s why the interview process exists and why, as an HR professional, learning how to recognize soft skills is
Learn more
Employee Recognition Programs

Employee Recognition Programs

Recognizing and rewarding employees for their hard work is a key factor in boosting employee engagement at your organization. Despite the importance of employee recognition, 45% of U.S. workers reported that they haven’t been recognized at work in at least
Learn more
New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the Senate Health Committee proposed a bipartisan bill called the Lower Health Care Costs Act. This bill sets out to address surprise medical billing, reduce the cost of prescription drugs and the overall cost of
Learn more
Mental Health Support for Employees through HR

Mental Health Support for Employees through HR

An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. While mental health includes mental illness, the two aren’t interchangeable. An employee can go through a period of poor mental health but
Learn more
FAQs on the New Overtime Exemption Proposed Rule

FAQs on the New Overtime Exemption Proposed Rule

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime requirements, as follows: The minimum salary level
Learn more
Measles Outbreak Expands: What You Need to Know

Measles Outbreak Expands: What You Need to Know

More than 465 people from 19 states—the majority of whom are children—have been infected by the measles in the United States this year. This outbreak is now the second-highest total number of cases since the disease was declared eliminated in
Learn more
Amazon Purchases with Your HSA or FSA

Amazon Purchases with Your HSA or FSA

Online retailer Amazon recently announced that you can now use your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to purchase eligible medical products on its site. Amazon’s FSA and HSA stores enable you to add your respective health
Learn more
Chiropractic Medical Services: Offering On-site

Chiropractic Medical Services: Offering On-site

As employee wellness continues to be a high priority for employers nationwide, many are turning to offering on-site medical clinics that can provide health care services to employees in a convenient location at the workplace. In fact, the National Business
Learn more
HIPAA Enforcement: Record 2018

HIPAA Enforcement: Record 2018

In 2018, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. The enforcement actions resulted in an all-time record year for OCR, with enforcement
Learn more
ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies

ACA Individual Mandate Penalty No Longer Applies

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, after it passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. This tax reform bill makes significant
Learn more
EEOC Removes Incentive Limits from Final Wellness Plan Rules

EEOC Removes Incentive Limits from Final Wellness Plan Rules

On Dec. 20, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) removed the incentive limits from its final wellness plan rules. The rules allowed employers to offer wellness incentives of up to 30 percent of the cost of health plan coverage.
Learn more