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Tuesday Tidbit: Emailing Essential Employee Communications - What are the Rules?

It is becoming more and more common for important employee communications to be sent by email. However, there are very specific rules that govern this method of distribution for certain documents, including your Plan Document(s) and the reporting forms that will be required in early 2016. Some of these rules: It is okay to deliver essential communications by email if the employee has access to...[more]


Tuesday Tidbit: To Monitor or Not to Monitor, That is the Question

In most instances, employer monitoring of work-related equipment (including vehicles) and resources accessed on company time is perfectly legal. Only two states, Connecticut and Delaware require that employees be notified they are being monitored.What employers are looking for: Violation of any company policyInappropriate or offensive languageExcessive personal use Breach of confidentiality...[more]


Tuesday Tidbit: Employee Rentention - Make Them Stay!

Does your office sometimes feel like a revolving door of employees? You spend all of that time and money recruiting them, and then all of that time and money training them, and then all of that time and money on benefits and still they exit.  Let’s look at some reasons employees stay with a company and how you can increase your retention.Why Employees Stay:Of course the number one reason is...[more]


Tuesday Tidbits: The Performance Review

Do you know what your employees are thinking? Do they know how well they are doing their jobs? Do they know what you’re thinking? A performance review on at least an annual basis can clear the air, align your business goals with your employees’ goals and promote open communication in a team environment. An effective performance review will include the following steps:1. Understand key objectives...[more]


Tuseday Tidbits: Limited Term Employee?

You are not alone if you continue to be confused by the terms full-time, variable hour, seasonal and full-time equivalent as they apply to your employees.  Here are brief definitions for ACA Section 4580H (Employer “Play or Pay” purposes:Full-time employee – Any employee who works or is expected to work an average of 30 hours a week or more.   For determining whether or not you are...[more]


Tuesday Tidbits: More Data, More Forms, But No More Time

I know businesses are created for the purpose of completing government forms and complying with government regulations, so here is one more piece of data you need to collect.  And don’t forget to try and earn a living in the process. Don’t be fooled by knowing that the new IRS Forms 1094B, 1095B, 1094C and/or 1095C don’t have to be filed until 2016.  While that’s true, those filings...[more]


FYI… The scoop on the required proof of healthcare coverage.

Just in case you, or one of you employees is told to produce proof of coverage for your tax filing, here is the scoop from the IRS, in summary. 2015 marks the first time taxpayers will be asked about health care coverage when completing their 2014 tax return.  Most taxpayers simply need to check a box indicating they had qualifying health care coverage for the entire year of 2014.  The...[more]


Rule Summary for Safe Harbor Pay Rate

Summary of Rules Regarding the Rate of Pay Safe Harbor for Determining Affordability for the Employer’s Shared Responsibility[more]



Let the games begin with PPACA 2015.  Are you ready?  Not so fast Kemosabe (Ke-mo-sah-bee: look it up, it is a term of friendship). The collection of data begins in 2015 for 2016 reporting, and that report requires each employer to collect and report the following information: Employer Name  TIN Date return is Filed Certification that employer offers its full time employees...[more]



There is a service gaining momentum in healthcare that can save employers and employees a significant amount of time and money.  This service is telemedicine and is a doctor visit over the telephone or internet (face-to-face capability) with a board certified doctor. “Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies,” according to...[more]

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