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Month: December 2012

DOL Begins Auditing Group Health Plans for PPACA, GINA, Wellness

The EBSA has updated its audit protocols to include a review of plans’ compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and wellness programs, in addition to the laundry list …

Losing By Winning: Preventable Expenses

The circumstances behind a recent court decision were typical, and their consequences painfully predictable. Although the plan administrator "won," that victory does not reflect the huge — and entirely unnecessary — cost to the plan sponso…

Rules May Create Win-Win for Employers, Workers

New proposed federal regulations on wellness programs may deliver a healthy shot in the arm for employer-sponsored initiatives.

Need Quick Summaries on Five PPACA Proposed Rules?

Need help with PPACA? Check out some quick summaries of the latest proposed rules.

Private Exchanges: A Win or a Wash?

On the surface, private exchanges seem right in line with American consumerism, but the jury’s out on which ones will actually work.

PPACA’s Impact on Employer-Provided Benefits

Join our webinar on at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and learn how the health care reform act (aka PPACA) will impact your business in the coming months.

Failure to Timely Allocate Forfeitures Can Be Costly

Sponsors of 401(k) plans often fail to timely use or allocate forfeitures, thereby potentially disqualifying the plan. Recent IRS audits have revealed a renewed focus on the proper use of forfeitures — making compliance a top priority for plan sponsors.

In Brief: Workers Are Getting More from Retirement Benefits

U.S. retirees are collecting more in retirement income today from employer-sponsored plans than in the mid-1970s.

Payroll Tax Issues Remain in Limbo

With 2013 just weeks away, payroll professionals are getting extremely anxious about various favorable payroll tax provisions affecting individuals and businesses that have yet to be determined relating to 2013 withholdings.