Human Resources

IRS Releases Figures for Determining Individual Mandate Penalty Cap in 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individuals to obtain acceptable health insurance coverage for themselves and their family members or pay a penalty. This rule, which took effect in 2014, is often referred to as the individual mandate. The penalty amount that an individual will have to pay is capped at the annual national average bronze plan premium.

I-9 Basics

Every employer must have an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form completed for every employee who they employ in the US. This requirement only applies to workers hired since November 7, 1986. This form applies to all persons who work in the US, regardless as to the country from which they are paid (i.e. a German citizen working in the US, but paid in Germany, requires an I-9). The I-9s are completed but are kept with the employer until an appropriate US government agent requests to see them.

How HR Professionals use the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a program conducted by the US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics that produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. The important value to note here is the “change” in the cost of those goods and services over the past 12 months.

The Danger in Hiding Behind Your ‘At-Will’ Status During a Termination Meeting

In my experience, pointing to your at-will status as your reason for letting someone go is rarely the best option.  It leaves the ex-employee confused and searching for answers.  So, while you may have let your employee go for a legitimate (and legal) reason, by not stating this during the termination you create a situation where their imagination is free to wander.  The reasons she comes up with on her own may be much worse and result in the kind of legal headaches you are hoping to avoid.  Perhaps she believes that the reason you fired her is because she was your only employee over 40 yea

HIPAA & COBRA: Three Action Items that may help with ACA Compliance

With all of the hullabaloo of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it can be easy to forget about HIPAA and COBRA. With recent changes, more enforcement and larger penalties, letting ACA eclipse HIPAA and COBRA can be a costly mistake to make. After years of experience, people often forget how important it is to remain in compliance with HIPAA and COBRA and that the same simple steps may also make ACA compliance easier and more efficient.