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Aging Workforce Means Rethinking Benefits
The right benefits can keep older employees working while reducing their hours, and potentially their responsibilities, over time.

Benefit Trends to Watch in 2016—and Beyond
In the coming year, employers will take on the challenge of controlling health costs while providing more personalized benefits for workers.

Repeal of Small Group Market Expansion
Midsize employers with 51 to100 employers will not be forced into the small group insured market under legislation signed into law on Oct. 7, a move welcomed by employers and business advocates.

ACA Reporting Requirements: Tips for 2016
Through the end of 2015 and into the first half of 2016, employers will continue to tackle the Affordable Care Act’s new reporting requirements. Here is a simplified cheat sheet.

Transitional Reinsurance Fee Deadlines Approach
Several deadlines for the Affordable Care Act’s 2015 transitional reinsurance fee are fast approaching, with enrollment counts for determining the 2015 reinsurance fee due by Nov. 16.

The Paid Parental Leave Rush: Why Now?
The past few months have seen a rush of companies offering paid parental leave—something working parents would almost certainly have welcomed decades ago.

Smaller Hikes in Health Plan Costs for 2016
Health premium growth for 2016 will remain relatively modest but still outpace inflation. Plan changes can help control costs.

Benefit Contribution Limits Unlikely to Change Contribution limits on 401(k) and flexible spending accounts will probably remain the same or increase only marginally in 2016, and the same is likely for annual changes to the amount of income subject to Social Security withholding.

Reimagining Open Enrollment: A Six-Step Plan
Don't view open enrollment as just a benefits transaction, approach it as an engagement opportunity.

Proposed Rule Expands Transgender Health Coverage
A proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services will require greater coverage of gender transition health services.

In Focus: New Findings on HSAs versus HRAs
A roundup of the latest research and developments affecting employer-provided health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Due Oct.15
Employers whose health plans include prescription benefits must notify for tose who are Medicare-eligible individuals who are Medicare-eligible by Oct. 15 whether their drug benefit is “creditable coverage” equal to or better than a standard Medicare Part D drug plan.

Prepare Now for ACA Subsidy Appeals
Some employees will wrongly receive federal subsidies to buy coverage through a public exchange, triggering employer penalties.


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View detailed summaries of the best pay and benefits stories on the Web via SHRM Online's Comp & Benefits Newswire, updated throughout the week. Newly added:
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