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Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The IRS has recently issued proposed rules and a set of related questions and answers to help provide guidance for employers regarding the shared responsibility requirements of the ACA. Employers can rely on these proposed rules until the final regulations are issued.

A quick glance at the “proposed rules” reveals this document is quite lengthy, very detailed and somewhat confusing.  Obviously, it’s impossible to provide an exhaustive summary of these regulations in this blog post. Instead, our intent is to provide a brief overview of the requirements of the shared responsibility provisions. And also provide some guidance provided by the proposed regulations.

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4 Ways To Get Employees To Engage In Your Wellness Program

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you have made a decision to invest in a wellness program for your company, you should be motivated both by the health of your employees and its improvement to your bottom line.  These goals are critical and reachable.  Both motivations will best be met by encouraging maximum participation from your employees.  You can significantly influence this outcome by taking the following four steps.

 

1. Get Input from Your Team

In the very beginning, before you decide your budget and objectives, find out who cares. Don’t announce the impending program, just start asking around – however that works best with the size of your organization.

You’ll likely find a few employees who are very interested in health.  Involve them in your early efforts.  First, get their input.  Then, task them with getting input from their co-workers.  Use the input to identify potential elements for your wellness plan.  Their leadership will be more effective because it is motivated by their own passion.

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