Benefits Bulletin Q4

Draft Forms and Instructions for Employer Reporting of Health Coverage Released   On Aug. 28, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released draft instructions for the forms that employers will use to report under Code Sections 6055 and 6056. Created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Code Sections 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements are…

November National Health Observances

National Health Observances 2014 Please note: Only the most popular observances are listed. There may be more observances in a given month. Educational materials given as examples are not intended to be exhaustive. Design © 2014 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved. American Diabetes Month American Diabetes Association 800-DIABETES (342-2383) 703-549-1500 www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html Live Well, Work Well…

Benefits Buzz November

Agencies Issue Final Rule Expanding the Definition of Excepted Benefits On Sept. 26, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury issued final regulations expanding one category of excepted benefits. Excepted benefits are certain categories established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that are not governed…

HR Brief – November

Supreme Court Rejects Same-sex Marriage Appeals Cases On Oct. 6, 2014, the Supreme Court announced that it would not review lower court decisions that had struck down state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin. Same-sex marriages had been put on hold in these states while the cases were being appealed.…

Live Well, Work Well – November

A Healthier Thanksgiving Thanksgiving meals usually include an abundance of unhealthy food options, making it easy to stray from proper nutrition until the start of the new year. But if you opt for a healthy Thanksgiving meal instead, it doesn’t mean it can’t also be enjoyable. With a few changes, you can make your “Turkey…

Benefits Buzz – October

Communicating With Employees During Open Enrollment Open enrollment can be a hectic time for both employers and employees. Between budgeting and anticipating needs, both sides can become overwhelmed when choosing a benefits package that balances cost and value. Amidst the stress of research and deadlines, communication is the critical component that will help both parties…

HR Brief – October

Getting More Out of Performance Reviews Performance reviews are a key tool for assessing where employees stand in regard to employer expectations, yet they can often be a rushed, unhelpful process that serves to alienate workers without providing any real insight to managers about employee performance. HR Brief

National Health Observances – October

National Health Observances 2014 Please note: Only the most popular observances are listed. There may be more observances in a given month. Educational materials given as examples are not intended to be exhaustive. Domestic Violence Awareness Month National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 303-839-1852 www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php Live Well, Work Well flyer: Oct Health Observances