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Out-of-the-Box Benefits to Boost Recruiting
HR Daily Advisor Link to more items from this source
Aug. 3, 2022

"When it comes to benefits, your business is likely already offering some obvious ones. Healthcare. Dental. Vision. All of these things are important, to be sure, but in today's recruitment market, you may need to go above and beyond to recruit great employees to your company. The sky is the limit in terms of what you can help your employees within order to keep them around."

Tags: Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits

Marketing Your Benefits Starts with Strategic Planning
Corporate Synergies Link to more items from this source
Aug. 3, 2022

"Understanding the decisions your employees make allows you to design your benefits package with all the typical factors in mind like coverage, network and budget. It also allows you to consider how your benefits align with your organization's cultures and how you can make those benefits easier to communicate. Issues that confuse employees at open enrollment, like too many or too similar plan choices, will also dull the impact for potential hires."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Misc. Benefits

Ready to Sell the Company? Take a Look at Your Health & Welfare Plans
Morgan Lewis Link to more items from this source
July 25, 2022

"[P]reserve any historical records showing the headcount of your full-time employees since 2015.... Do you have a Section 125 cafeteria plan document? ... Do you have enough plan participants that you are required to file Form 5500 and, if so, have filings been timely made? ... Are the owners of your organization receiving Schedules K-1 but also participating in your health and welfare benefits on a pretax basis? Are your perquisites documented as a written policy, and does the policy require documenting the costs and expenses?"

Tags: Cafeteria Plans  •  Health Plan Administration  •  Misc. Benefits

District Court Refuses to Dismiss Potential Class Action Against Amazon Over Work-At-Home Expense Reimbursements
Hall Benefits Law Link to more items from this source
July 25, 2022

"The federal judge rejected Amazon's main arguments, stating that since Amazon expected its workers to continue working from home after the government imposed stay-at-home orders during the pandemic, the company had to be aware that the employees had necessary personal expenditures to be able to do their jobs.... California law requires employers to reimburse employees for their home office expenses while working from home." [Williams v. Amazon.com Services LLC, No. 22-1892 (N.D. Cal. Jun.1, 2022)]

Tags: Misc. Benefits

New Demand for Workplace Wellness Programs as Employees Struggle
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans [IFEBP] Link to more items from this source
July 21, 2022

"Employee assistance programs (EAPs) are offered by 90% of employers, 86% of employers provide mental health coverage, and 67% cover substance use disorder benefits. Other common offerings include access to mental health mobile apps (41%) and educational/informational sessions hosted at the workplace (40%). In the past two years, an overwhelming 73% of responding organizations have increased their communication emphasis on mental and behavioral health offerings[.]"

Tags: Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits

Projected 2023 Limits for Transportation Fringe Benefits and Health FSAs
Mercer Link to more items from this source
July 20, 2022

"Limits for qualified transportation fringe benefits and health FSAs are expected to rise significantly in 2023, thanks to the dramatic increase in C-CPI-U for the year (an eye-popping 7.0% for the 10 months ending June 2022). The inflationary increases are the largest since indexing on the transportation fringe benefit began in 1999 and more than three times as large as the average annual increase."

Tags: Cafeteria Plans  •  Misc. Benefits

Position Community Volunteering as an Employee Benefit
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
July 20, 2022

"Organizations can use volunteering programs to raise employee engagement and promote retention if they think strategically about how this benefit is offered, monitored and celebrated. Employers can also be proactive in helping to guide employee volunteerism but should ensure that these efforts align with corporate goals, while also honoring and supporting employees' personal volunteer interests."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Employers Expect to Shift Workplace Benefits Strategies to Lure Top Talent
LIMRA Link to more items from this source
July 13, 2022

"A recent LIMRA and EY joint study ... predicts nonmedical and nontraditional workplace benefits will grow 20% by 2026 due to heightened competition for workers and greater employee expectations.... Six in 10 employers believe employees will have greater influence over their company's benefit decisions in the next five years. According to the research, three-quarters of employers plan to modify their benefits packages in response to shifting employee demographics."

Tags: Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits  •  Retirement Plan Design

Making Changes to Caregiving Benefits in the Era of Hybrid Work
Employee Benefits Report Link to more items from this source
July 1, 2022

"While a hybrid work model -- a combination of in-office and remote work -- may offer the best of both worlds, employers need to consider the unique needs of caregivers when crafting their policies.... Caregiving solutions should be flexible and based on employees' personal and work circumstances."

Tags: FMLA and Other Leave  •  Misc. Benefits

An Update on Remote Work Reimbursement Rules in California
CDF Labor Law LLP Link to more items from this source
June 23, 2022

"California employers have recently experienced a material uptick in lawsuits from employees seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred while working from home.... Many California businesses continue to have employees work from home or are now using a hybrid structure. These employers should be aware of their reimbursement requirements under California law and review their policies and telecommuting agreements to ensure employees are being properly reimbursed."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Misc. Benefits  •  Retirement Plan Administration

Philadelphia Employers Soon Must Provide Commuter Benefits
Ballard Spahr LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
June 22, 2022

"The 'Employee Commuter Transit Benefit Programs,' would apply to employers with 50 or more 'covered employees.' Covered employees must be offered a pre-tax payroll deduction for mass transit expenses, qualified bicycle expenses, or an employer-paid benefit for a fare instrument.... Once implemented into law, this ordinance would take effect on December 31, 2022."

Tags: Local Regulation  •  Misc. Benefits

Lawsuits Put Spotlight on Paying Remote Workers' Expenses
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
June 17, 2022

"Some prominent U.S. companies are being sued by remote workers alleging that their employers had a legal obligation under state law to reimburse them for work-related expenses.... If employers decide to adopt reimbursement policies, ... these policies should: [1] Clearly define and provide reimbursement for legitimate expenses associated with telecommuting. [2] Include proportional reimbursement for expenses that have dual business and personal uses."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Text of IRS Announcement 2022-13: Revision to Optional Standard Mileage Rates (PDF)
Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Link to more items from this source
[Official Guidance]
June 10, 2022

"The revised standard mileage rates are: [1] Business 62.5 cents per mile; [2] Medical and moving 22 cents per mile.... The revised standard mileage rates set forth in this announcement apply to deductible transportation expenses paid or incurred for business, medical, or moving expense purposes on or after July 1, 2022, and to mileage allowances that are paid both [1] to an employee on or after July 1, 2022, and [2] for transportation expenses paid or incurred by the employee on or after July 1, 2022."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Misc. Benefits  •  Retirement Plan Administration

Bike Bonuses and Rewards Are Your New Favorite Return to the Office Incentive
HealthEquity Link to more items from this source
June 3, 2022

"What would it take for you to return to the office? ... From hybrid strategies to fully in office -- or somewhere in between -- expanding your perspective to include Commuter Benefits, plus weave in wellness and sustainability factors, may just be the win-win you need to wow your talent."

Tags: Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits

How Voluntary Benefits Can Boost Engagement and Retention
HUB International Link to more items from this source
May 25, 2022

"Employers shying away from offering voluntary benefits should know that the vast majority of the most sought-after voluntary benefits are low or no-cost to the employer, putting small and medium-sized organizations on even footing with larger competitors."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Office Snacks and Other Small Office Perks May Be Dying Off. Good!
Vox Link to more items from this source
[Opinion]
May 11, 2022

"For years, many companies -- especially those with fat wallets -- have been engaged in a sort of arms race of office perks in order to compete for workers and keep them on board. Some of those perks and benefits are really meaningful ... Others fall more on the nice-to-have list, such as ... snacks. The pandemic has thrown some of the snack situation out of whack because more office workers have been doing their jobs from home. Now, companies are trying to lure people back to their desks with perks, including free food and snacks."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Reinventing Benefits to Engage Today's Workforce
Inside Business Link to more items from this source
May 10, 2022

"Whatever that term 'employee benefits' has meant in the past, retooling for today's multigenerational workplace is a must do.... For millennials especially, why they work, when they prefer to work, how they like to be managed and rewarded are all quite different. How well employers translate that to employee benefits and incentives will play into hiring and retention."

Tags: Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits

Caregiving Benefits Continue to Evolve
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]; membership may be required to view article Link to more items from this source
May 10, 2022

"It wasn't so long ago that an onsite child care center was the gold standard for caregiving benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic changed all that. The ongoing trend toward remote and hybrid work and evolving employee priorities now requires a broader approach to supporting caregivers."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Preparing for 2023 Benefits Enrollment
Willis Towers Watson Link to more items from this source
May 5, 2022

"Employee benefits are no longer just table stakes; they're a differentiator. This gives employers an opportunity to put their benefits in the spotlight during benefits enrollment season.... [D]ata trends suggest employers lean into three key themes: [1] provide security, [2] give choice, and [3] make it easy."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Health Plan Design  •  Misc. Benefits

Airline Tickets for Retired Pilot's Adult Relatives Were Not an Excludable Fringe Benefit
Thomson Reuters / EBIA Link to more items from this source
Apr. 29, 2022

"Program records listed the tickets for two adult relatives as taxable, and the airline issued a Form 1099-MISC to the pilot for the value of those tickets, but the pilot did not include the value as gross income on his federal tax return. The IRS did not challenge the exclusion of tickets provided to the pilot, the pilot's spouse, and the pilot's daughter, but it determined that the value of the tickets for the other adult relatives was income and issued a notice of deficiency." [Mihalik v. Comm'r, T.C. Memo. 2022-36 (Apr. 13, 2022)]

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Paid Time Off Could Help Solve Employer Challenges
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans [IFEBP] Link to more items from this source
Apr. 26, 2022

"Flexible PTO offerings can attract new candidates, avoid burnout and retain star employees by becoming a benefit that allows them to stretch outside of the 9-5 lifestyle grasp. Whether your organization is developing a new policy or updating an existing policy, here are a few considerations for employers."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

IRS Issue Snapshot: Qualified Parking Fringe Benefit
Internal Revenue Service [IRS] Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Apr. 26, 2022

"Issue Indicators and Audit Tips: [1] Determine whether the taxpayer provides employer-provided parking for any of their employees. [2] Request a list of employees entitled to receive employer-provided parking. [3] Determine if the employer includes any portion of the benefit in employees' wages. [4] Request the method used to determine the value of the parking benefit. [5] If the value was not determined by Treas. Reg. 1.61-21(b)(2), you may need to conduct a survey of nearby parking facilities to determine the FMV."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Best Practices to Help Perfect Your Hybrid Work Model
Ceridian Link to more items from this source
Apr. 25, 2022

"Prioritize consistent and clear communication ... Keep working for human connection ... Hire hybrid talent with purpose ... Set productivity and workflow expectations ... Don't compromise culture."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

Continuing Voluntary Benefits During Unpaid Leave
HR Daily Advisor Link to more items from this source
Apr. 20, 2022

"When the FMLA does not apply, and for benefits other than health coverage, the eligibility of an employee on unpaid leave will be governed by the plan documents (and any applicable insurance contracts), and should be administered in consistent, nondiscriminatory fashion.... An employer must tell an employee in advance and in writing about any requirements to make payments to keep health plan coverage during FMLA leave, and the terms and conditions required for making payment as well as the consequences of not making timely payments."

Tags: Health Plan Administration  •  Misc. Benefits

No Vacation from Vacation Pay in Vacationland: Beware, Maine Employers!
Ogletree Deakins Link to more items from this source
Apr. 19, 2022

"Governor Janet Mills signed into law Legislative Document 225, 'An Act Regarding the Treatment of Vacation Time upon the Cessation of Employment' ... [which requires] each employer with more than ten employees to pay its employees, on the cessation of employment, '[a]ll unused paid vacation accrued pursuant to the employer's vacation policy on and after January 1, 2023.' Aside from creating notable financial burdens for businesses across the state, [the new law] appears to conflict with Maine's Earned Paid Leave law and is already creating considerable confusion for Maine's business community."

Tags: Misc. Benefits

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