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Posted May 10th, 2018 in Employers
MetLife recently released their 16th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, which sheds some light on changing employee attitudes and the need for a shift toward a more human work experience. The study provides interesting insights into what employees are looking for in a workplace and how their needs don’t always match up to their reality.
 
The Empowered Employee
 
Posted December 6th, 2017 in Producers, Employers
The Health Savings Account (HSA) market has grown rapidly in the past decade. More than 21 million people currently have an HSA and there’s still plenty of opportunity for growth. In fact, a recent report projects 30 million HSAs by the end of 2019.
 
Here are the top employer benefits of an HSA:
 
Posted November 22nd, 2017 in Producers, Employers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has updated its Questions and Answers website in regards to the Employer Mandate, and it appears they have started to send initial notices to employers who are subject to a penalty for the 2015 year (generally, this will be employers with 100 or more employees since transition relief was available in 2015 to employers with 50-99 employees).

Posted November 14th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Congressional Republicans have shifted their focus from healthcare reform to tax reform. According to an overview which was released in late September, three key objectives of tax reform are to:
 
  1. Make the tax code simple, fair and easy to understand.
  2. Give American workers a pay raise by allowing them to keep more of their paychecks.
  3. Bring back trillions of dollars that are currently kept offshore to reinvest in the American economy.
Posted October 17th, 2017 in Producers, Employers
To offer an FSA, or not to offer an FSA, that is the question. Let’s just cut right to the chase. 
 
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are a great way for employees to save on taxes for medical and dependent care expenses, but employers also receive financial benefits by offering an FSA. 
 
Posted August 22nd, 2017 in Producers, Employers
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are one of the few benefits an employer can provide that often pays for itself (and then some). While there are expenses that will be incurred by the employer when using a third-party administrator for the FSA, there are also payroll tax savings that will offset some or all of those expenses.
 
Posted October 21st, 2016 in Producers, Employers

The only way for an employer to provide certain benefits tax-free to its employees, such as health, dental or vision insurance, is through a Cafeteria Plan, as defined under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code. The only way for an employer to have a Cafeteria Plan is by preparing a written plan document which meets the requirements of Code Section 125. Failure to have a written document, or failure to operate a Cafeteria Plan in accordance with the terms of Code Section 125, disqualifies the plan as a Cafeteria Plan and results in gross income to the participants. In other words, any participant in the plan will lose the tax favorable status of the benefits that he or should would have otherwise received.

Posted September 19th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Employers must provide a written notice on an annual basis to any Medicare-eligible individuals who are covered under a group health plan that includes prescription drug coverage. The notice is required to include information as to whether the prescription drug coverage is considered to be creditable. In other words, is the prescription drug coverage at least as good as the standard Medicare Part D plan? 
 
Posted September 6th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to evolve. Here are 10 changes expected to take effect in 2017. 

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in Producers, Employers
By now, you’ve probably heard about the Employer Mandate on several different occasions. Without reiterating all of the specific details, applicable large employers (ALEs) must offer health insurance coverage to full-time employees that has minimum value and is considered affordable or risk paying penalties.