All Items: Employee Benefits

  • ACA Contraceptive Mandate Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

    17 November 2014

    The ACA contraceptive mandate has been upheld by the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia.

  • Two Strategies for Controlling Health Care Costs Could Lead to ACA Penalties

    14 November 2014

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) published FAQs clarifying that attempting to save on health care costs by reimbursing employees who purchase individual health insurance coverage or by providing cash incentives to employees to drop employer health coverage for individual coverage could result in Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalties.

  • Health Plans Lacking Hospitalization Services Fail ACA's Minimum Value Requirement

    11 November 2014

    The IRS announced that a group health plan that fails to provide substantial coverage for in-patient hospitalization and/or physician services does not meet the minimum value requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Supreme Court Takes Up ACA Federal Subsidy Case

    10 November 2014

    The US Supreme Court will review a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the availability of premium subsidies in states that chose not to establish a health care exchange and instead rely on the federal exchange.

  • States Announce 2015 Unemployment Insurance Taxable Wage Bases

    06 November 2014

    To help employers prepare their payroll operations for 2015, this chart provides a comparison of the 2015 and 2014 state unemployment insurance taxable wage bases.

  • Honeywell's Wellness Program Violates ADA, GINA, EEOC Claims

    05 November 2014

    The EEOC lost its bid to temporarily stop Honeywell International from imposing surcharges on employees who refuse to submit to biometric testing as part of its wellness program, which the EEOC claims violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

  • IRS Announces 2015 Inflation Adjustments to Fringe Benefits, Other Taxable Amounts

    31 October 2014

    The IRS has announced the annual cost-of-living adjustments made to several employee benefits and taxable amounts, based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. These are the maximum amounts that may be excluded in 2015 from an employee's taxable income for specific benefits.

  • 2015 Pension Plan Limits Announced, 401(k) Deferral Limit Increases to $18,000

    24 October 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service has announced the tax year 2015 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans and other inflation-adjusted amounts. Many of the pension plan limitations will increase for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. Other limitations will not change because the relevant thresholds were not met.

  • Social Security Wage Base Increasing to $118,500 for 2015

    23 October 2014

    The Social Security Administration has announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will be $118,500 for 2015, as adjusted for inflation. As in prior years, there is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax withholding. The Social Security and Medicare (FICA) tax rates will not change for 2015.

  • Wal-Mart to End Health Care Benefits for 30,000 Part-Time Employees

    13 October 2014

    Effective January 1, 2015, Wal-Mart will stop providing health insurance to part-time employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week.

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News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding employee benefit programs. Support on following regulations and requirements on this topic.