Effective date for FMLA forms extended for employers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 08:06

Implement new FMLA forms

Employers now have until June 30, 2018 to implement the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms.

If your organization has not updated its forms with the new versions or where not aware of the change, the deadline has been extended through June 30.

What are these forms? The Department of Labor is required to submit FMLA forms to the Office of Management and Budget for approval every three years. The current forms were set to expire May 31, 2018. No other changes have been made to these notices, aside from the effective date.

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Is your recruitment strategy tech-savvy?

Posted by Rebekah Michel on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 08:04

Three ways to use HR tech to reach recruits where they are

U.S. employers have recruitment on the brain. With unemployment at near-historic lows, finding and keeping good talent is one of the top priorities for the HR department these days.

But is your organization’s recruitment strategy tech-savvy? Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce, and finding new talent requires meeting them where they are—and that’s online.

Here are three tips for bringing your recruitment process online.

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How to help employees file taxes with an HSA

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 08:03

What employees need to know

Filing taxes with a Health Savings Account can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are tips to share with employees about how to file taxes with an HSA.

As you gather all the necessary paperwork to file your taxes, here are three forms you’ll need to have on hand:

Year End Status Filing Report
This report shows account activity for the previous calendar year, and is not an official tax document.

IRS Form 1099-SA
This report provides you with ‘distributions made,’ or where you spent HSA dollars during the tax year.

IRS Form 5498-SA
This form provides you with the contributions you made to your HSA during the tax year.

These three forms are necessary to complete the IRS Form 8899 on your taxes. Typically, these are sent to you from the HSA administrator, such as HSA Bank.

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Tax bill reduces HSA contribution limits

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 07:03

What employees need to know

The IRS published information this week describing changes to the contribution limits for family health savings accounts due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The new limit will not affect individual consumers with self-only coverage, but the HSA contribution limit for family coverage has been reduced to $6,850 from $6,900.

What does this mean for employers and employees?

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How to successfully bring on a new hire

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 07:03

Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR

According to the Society for Human Resources, onboarding a new hire represents a significant financial and administrative burden. In a new survey, SHRM reported that the average cost-per-hire is $4,129 and the average time to fill a position is 42 days.

Because bringing on a new hire represents such an undertaking for most organizations, prioritizing effective onboarding to improve retention is a key goal for many HR departments in 2018.

However, there is significant opportunity for organizations to refocus onboarding to emphasize high-impact training and development activities, rather than administrative tasks and new-hire paperwork, resulting in improved onboarding and retention.

Bernard Health provides a solution to onboarding challenges in two ways—BerniePortal and BernieHR—which allows HR to become more strategic and valuable. To learn more, download our e-book, “Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR,” or read on.

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What is the CHIP notice?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:02

Employers must notify workers of possible premium assistance

Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must provide annual notice of that assistance before the start of each plan year.

The notice explains how employees can find out if premium assistance is available, and how to apply for Medicare or CHIP coverage for dependents.

Here's what employers need to know.

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Small employers—don't miss these three HR deadlines

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:02

Get compliance peace of mind

Keeping track of the many regulatory guidelines and deadlines can be overwhelming for small to mid-sized employers. But overlooking even a small compliance item can lead to costly penalties for your organization.

Here are three upcoming can’t-miss HR deadlines.

Wondering if your company’s HR department is up to par? BernieHR provides on-demand HR consulting, allowing small organizations to focus on business growth and development while obtaining compliance peace of mind.

Three HR deadlines to watch:

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What to do after completing 1095-Cs

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 06:01

Steps for employers 

You've gone through the pain of completing your 1094-C and 1095-Cs and the deadline to file and distribute is quickly approaching. What should you do to make sure you deliver the right documents to the proper location?

Here is everything you need to know about staying compliant in your distribution and filing oforms 1094-C and 1095-C:

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How small employers can improve HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 08:01

Two ways for small businesses to become more strategic

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

A recent study conducted by Paychex found that 20 percent of small employers have little to no confidence in their HR abilities, specifically in onboarding, employee classification and background checks.

Further, the report notes most small businesses lack the structure and technology to automate their current manual processes. Only 30 percent of small businesses use technology for onboarding, and 38 percent still track time and attendance manually.

With manual processes comes human error, which further adds to the low confidence levels experienced by most small businesses when it comes to HR. Further, uncertainty about whether these processes are conducted correctly can lead to costly penalties and fines.

Here are two ways small organizations can address these issues:

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New tax withholding tables and deadline released

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:01

Employers must implement by Feb. 15

The IRS announced this week the new income tax withholding tables for 2018, reflecting changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Employers should begin using these new tables as soon as possible, but they must be implemented by February 15. Organizations should continue using the 2017 withholding tables until they have implemented the 2018 tables.

There are still seven federal income tax brackets, but the rates have been slightly lowered and income ranges have been adjusted.

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Tags: HR, employers, health insurance small employers, hr software, employer digest, employee benefit adviser, tax withholding

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