Federal Changes to HRA, HSA, and FSA for 2024

Federal Changes to HRA, HSA, and FSA for 2024

There have been federal changes to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) play important roles in managing healthcare expenses for both individuals and employers. These accounts offer different tax advantages and financial benefits, but it’s critical to stay updated on the rules and regulations governing them. If you’re […]
Employers’ Deadline for Creditable Coverage Notices

Employers’ Deadline for Creditable Coverage Notices

Health insurance options are sometimes a lot for employers to tackle. One of the things that employers need to understand what creditable coverage notices are, and when to send them to eligible employees.  When an employee reaches the age of sixty-five, they become eligible for Medicare coverage through Federal Government programs. Technically, employees can begin […]

Form 1-9 Self-Audit Guidance

Conducting a Form I-9 self-audit is not required by law. However, many employers are conducting such audits. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) have issued guidance for employers conducting Form I-9 audits. If conducting an I-9 audit is on your agenda for 2016, read […]

Employee Tracking 101: Unpaid Internships

This blogpost is a supplement to our webinar on how to track employee hours.  If you would like a copy of that presentation, please contact Alice Rhodes. Unpaid internships are popular across the country, providing benefits for companies and valuable experience for college students or recent graduates. However, due to guidelines released by the Department […]

Employer Reporting 101: Measurement Methods

This blogpost is a supplement to our free webinar on how to track employee hours.  For more information about this topic or to answer specific questions, please contact us to request an appointment or e-mail our webinar presenter Alice Rhodes at arhodes@auiinfo.com . So you have made the determination as an organization that you need to track […]

Handbook 101: Sections

A well-designed employee handbook is an invaluable asset for a company to have. It can provide a communication gateway between management and employees concerning employer expectations, policies and company background. In addition, a handbook provides a consistent guide for individuals to follow, minimizing discrimination and favoritism claims. Beyond that, the document is evidence, in the […]

Handbook 101: Common Legal Mistakes

Your employee handbook is an important document. Not only does it help employees understand company policies, promote solid company-employee communication and set a consistent standard of expectations, but it can also have serious legal ramifications. In many employment lawsuits, your handbook will be a key piece of evidence that can either protect your company or […]

Handbook 101: Designing Your Employee Handbook

Setting your organization up for a successful 2016 begins with making sure your HR house is in order.  That is why we are tackling an important issue this month on our blog: the employee handbook. An employee handbook is an easy way to transmit important information to employees in a comprehensive manner. Employee handbooks provide […]

Handbook 101: Effective Communication for Employers

One of the most important items for a business is often the most overlooked.  Many employer headaches can be avoided by maintaining an employee handbook.  Employee handbooks explain the relationship and responsibilities of employee and employer and provide clear communication on a variety of employment topics. A well-written employee handbook establishes guides for the workplace […]

Conducting an HR Audit

An HR audit is an objective, systematic review of a company’s HR policies, procedures, strategic direction, structure, resources, and ultimately, its contribution to the organization. Such an audit offers the opportunity to protect the company, establish best practices and identify areas for improvement, and can help evaluate whether specific practice areas are adequate, legal and/or […]
Surviving the Audit: DOL Wage & Hour Reviews

Surviving the Audit: DOL Wage & Hour Reviews

This post is a supplement to our webinar on Surviving the Audit: How to Handle a DOL Audit.  For more information or to request a copy of our slides please contact Alice Rhodes. An auditor may come knocking at your door if you have errors in your payroll that result in a violation of the […]

Surviving the Audit: Your Health Plan and the DOL

This blogpost is a supplement to our December webinar called Surviving the Audit: Preparing Yourself for a DOL Audit.  If you would like a copy of our slides you can contact Alice Rhodes. The Department of Labor (DOL) has broad authority under ERISA to investigate or audit an employee benefit plan’s compliance with various federal […]

Surviving the Audit: Suggestions to Handle a DOL Audit

This blogpost is a supplement to our monthly webinar series on how to prepare your organization for a Department of Labor (DOL) audit. Today we have some suggestions for best practices when dealing with the DOL.  Though this may appear to be a trying process, it does not need to be. Consider these actions once […]

Surviving the Audit: Handling a DOL Audit with Ease

At any given time, your organization may be selected for a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) civil investigation (commonly known as an audit) to ensure that your employee benefit plans are in compliance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes standards governing the operation of employee benefit plans and grants the DOL […]

Surviving the Audit: DOL Audit Triggers

The Department of Labor (DOL)’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has the authority to conduct audits on benefit plans that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). DOL audits often focus on violations of ERISA’s fiduciary obligations and reporting and disclosure requirements. The DOL may also investigate whether an employee benefit plan […]

Surviving Open Enrollment: Missing the Open Enrollment Deadline

This post is a supplement to our webinar this month on surviving open enrollment.  If you would like a copy of the slides from that presentation, you can request one by clicking here. Open enrollment can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for both you and your employees. It is typically the only time […]

Money Monitoring

UPDATE: After further review this individual appears to be a “finder” who deals with individuals who have registered unclaimed funds registered in the state of Ohio.  While you may choose to give your information to a third party to retrieve your funds, you also have the ability to retrieve these funds yourself without paying a recovery […]

Surviving ACA: Self Funding Customization

This post is a supplement to our webinar Surviving ACA: Self-Funding Options.  If you would like more information from this webinar, please contact us by clicking here. One of the greatest assets offered by self-funding is the complete freedom to structure benefits according to the needs of your company.  Employers can choose what benefits they […]

Surviving ACA: Reasons for Seeking Self Funding Options

This series is written as a supplement to our free webinar to be held on Tuesday, September 1.  You can register for our webinar by clicking here. In today’s business climate, managers need befits solutions as resourceful and cutting-edge as the organizations they run.  For many employers, prepackaged fully insured health plans do not provide […]

Surviving the Audit: Minimizing Risk

Our blog series “Surviving the Audit” is a supplement to our free webinar which airs on Tuesday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. An employer has little control over whether or not the Department of Labor will audit their business.  However, an employer can take some steps to minimize their exposure to a DOL audit.  The […]