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Tips for Sharing Bad News with Employees

Higher priced plans impact everyone, both employer and employee, and breaking the news to your team is never easy. How do you help your employees make the best choices for their particular situations and their pocketbooks while also managing the bottom line? Read more.

Anthem to Buy Cigna, Creating Biggest U.S. Health Insurer

Anthem Inc. recently announced it would buy Cigna Corp, for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc. agreed to buy Humana Inc. for $37 billion. Read more.

Government Contractors, Beware Misclassification of Workers

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been cracking down on misclassification of workers. The DOL has just issued another document that confirms its determination to enforce those provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Internal Revenue Code that require employers to do the following for employees (but theoretically not for independent contractors). Read more.

IRS Provides Summary of Form 5500 Changes

The Form 5500 filing deadline is July 31 for calendar year-end retirement plans. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a reminder that the deadline for calendar year-end retirement plans is looming, and has posted on its website a summary of changes to this year's form. Read more.

New ACA Reporting Requirements Self-insured Employers Should Know

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) added new employer reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Sections 6055 and 6056. These new requirements apply to employers that sponsor self-insured plans that provide minimum essential coverage (which includes employer sponsored coverage, COBRA coverage and retiree coverage) regardless of size, and applicable larger employers (ALEs). Read more.

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