Compliance Overview – Section 102(h) Nondiscrimination Rules

Section 105(h) Nondiscrimination Rules Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 105(h) contains nondiscrimination rules for self-insured health plans. Under these rules, self-insured health plans cannot discriminate in favor of highly compensated individuals (HCIs) with respect to eligibility or benefits.  The eligibility test looks at whether a sufficient number of non-HCIs benefit under a self-insured health…

Benefit Buzz – November

Compliance Date Approaching for Employer-sponsored Wellness Programs In May 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finalized rules for employer-sponsored wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). benefits-buzz-november-2016

HR Brief – November

Workers’ Compensation Leave? Consider FMLA! If you are an FMLA-covered employer, you should always consider whether an employee who requires time off of work due to a work-related injury or illness is eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (and/or possibly leave under a state law). hr-brief-november-2016_edited

Live Well, Work Well – November

Choosing Medications Wisely The rising cost of prescription and specialty medications is alarming. The most recent example of how expensive these types of medications can be is the price hike of the life-saving EpiPen, which now costs more than $600 for one pack of two EpiPens. live-well-work-well-november-2016

HealthLeaders FactFile – Specialty Pharmacy Trends

HealthLeaders FactFile – Specialty Pharmacy Trends  The pharmacy benefit landscape today is complex and rapidly changing. One of the most significant drivers of pharmacy cost increases is the continued introduction of new specialty drugs into the marketplace. Worrisome trends, such as patent exclusivity, lack of high-quality alternatives, and lack of price regulation are making it…

HR Insights – Fair Employee Compensation

HR Insights – Fair Employee Compensation  Providing nondiscriminatory, fair employee compensation is a top concern for employers across the country. Because HR specializes in areas like recruiting and compensation packages, they are in the best position to determine appropriate compensation plans, make acceptable initial salary offers, establish guidelines for merit increases, suggest pay audits, and,…

HR Insights – 10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses

HR Insights – 10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1964 to eradicate discrimination in employment. The Commission enforces various statutes that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, retaliation, age, and disability or protected…