Human Resources News & Insights

What the heck is a Letter 226J? IRS’s new ACA enforcement comes at a terrible time

HR pros can be forgiven if they’re a bit skeptical about the IRS’ warnings to collect ACA employer mandate penalties. After all, they’ve been saying this for years without actually following through. But with the latest warning, the agency also included some proof that this time it’s for real.

Penalties for employment law violations just increased … again

The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), for the second time in just six months, are raising the penalties for employment law violations. 

Feds up the ante on workplace law violations

This year, employers may be surprised to find the penalty for failing to file a Form 5500 jumped all the way to $2,063 per day (up from $1,100). But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  

Beware: Little-known law raises penalties for ACA reporting violations

The stakes for the already daunting task of ACA reporting have just been raised, and it’s all thanks to a new law you may not have heard much about.  

An Obamacare pitfall you may not have thought about

When it comes to Obamacare compliance, most employers are preoccupied with the number of full-time workers they have on staff. But there’s another shared-responsibility factor that has the potential to blindside many firms.  

Wellness: Use of incentives (and penalties) climbing – because they work

Between 2009 and 2011, the use of financial rewards in health management programs increased by 50%. Meanwhile, the use of penalties increased by more than 100%, according to a new study.

Use of wellness penalties growing: 2 ways to keep ’em legal

Wellness programs are “in” for employers – and so are penalties for workers who make unhealthy choices.

Carrots or sticks? What’s winning to change health habits

What is the biggest hurdle employers have to clear to accomplish their healthcare benefits goals?

Another federal judge rules health reform law is unconstitutional

It’s all but guaranteed now – there will be a battle in the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law.