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The Family and Medical Leave Act and Employee Benefits


Since 1996, employers subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) have been required to provide job-protected leaves of absence to covered workers. Workers’ rights under FMLA also include health care benefits protections. Final regulations published by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) in February 2013 expanded certain provisions of the FMLA. Although […]

The ACA’s Employer Mandate and Look Back Measurement Method


The Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate has been the law of the land for almost eight years. To help comply with the mandate, many employers have implemented tracking systems embedded within their payroll and HRIS systems that automatically calculate who qualifies for coverage. The result? The hard-won knowledge gained at the Employer Mandate’s commencement has […]

HSAs and Their Tricky Rules


Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) inhabit an interesting place in the employee benefit world: they often exist because of health coverage offered by an employer and employers can contribute to them, but they are ultimately owned by the individual and are not group sponsored health plans. The HSA’s unique features result in unusual rules not found […]