Top 10 blogs of 2015

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Throughout the year, a number of guest bloggers have provided valuable insights to EBN readers on the complex changes and issues affecting healthcare, retirement and other benefits programs. Here are some of our most-read blogs of 2015.

10. The No. 1 reason employees leave their jobs

There are a number of reasons why employees leave their jobs — they’re bored and unchallenged, they don't get recognition for their work, they have a strained relationship with their manager — but all are related to a single problem.

9. The top 5 Affordable Care Act myths debunked

Despite all the media coverage of the Affordable Care Act, there is still a fair amount of confusion and misunderstanding about the law, even among employees whose job it is to administer benefits.

8. Don’t delay Cadillac tax planning

It’s time to talk about something that most benefits professionals have left on the backburner for the last couple of years: the impending Cadillac tax.

7. Take a stand against sitting

With desks the central point for getting work done, employers often focus on having employees sit at their workstations the entire day to complete assigned tasks. Encouraging employees to stand, stretch, and walk around seems counterintuitive to productivity, but it really isn’t.

6. DOL takes aim at white-collar overtime exemption

A little more than year ago, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to “restore the common sense principles” related to overtime.

5. New ACA reporting requirements self-insured employers should know

The ACA added new employer reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056, applying to employers that sponsor self-insured plans that provide minimum essential coverage regardless of size, and applicable larger employers.

4. Cadillac tax hurricane preparation: After-tax HSA contributions

The ACA’s Cadillac tax is like a patient, powerful hurricane moving across the Atlantic. If it makes landfall, its impact will be dramatic.

3. Cadillac tax: A huge car wreck for employers?

Waiting for the results of the 2016 presidential election before doing any Cadillac tax planning is not a good benefits strategy.

2. Meeting IRS 6055 and 6056 reporting requirements

The continued challenges imposed by the Affordable Care Act come in two primary forms: First, regulations that negatively impact health plan sponsorship such as Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, reinsurance and HIT taxes or second, regulations that create extra work, for example W-2 reports or variable-hour tracking. That’s why it’s important to prepare now for this ACA filing due in early 2016.

1. ACA myths: A baker’s dozen

Separating fact from fiction when it comes to the Affordable Care Act is no easy task. Here are 13 common misconceptions about the law.

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