Are Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) Better Suited for Hospitality Health Plans?

13 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Are Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) Better Suited for Hospitality Health Plans? As Hospitality employers generally cover two-thirds of employee health cost, it’s not surprising that high deductible plans – with their lower premiums and employer health cost – have gained traction in the industry. An upside can certainly be had; especially with […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Obama-Era Federal Overtime Rule

5 SEPTEMBER, 2017 Federal Court Strikes Down Obama-Era Federal Overtime Rule In case you missed late last week, on Thursday, August 31, 2017, a Texas federal judge (Amos Mazzant III) struck down Obama-era federal overtime rule changes that would have more than doubled overtime pay eligibility for non-exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476.  An estimated […]

Health Savings Vehicles – Taking the Sting Out of High Deductibles

27 JULY, 2017 Health Savings Vehicles – Taking the Sting Out of High Deductibles Will you pair a Health Savings Account with your high deductible plan in 2018? With hospitality employers generally covering two thirds of employee health costs, high deductible plans have been touted as a key driver in helping participants become better health care shoppers, […]

Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revisited

12 JULY, 2017 Consumer-Driven Healthcare Revisited A Good Fit for Hospitality Employers?  Hospitality HR professionals followed by the House of Representatives and later the Senate have been seeking ways to de-escalate health cost growth. One strategy gaining significant traction in recent ACA repeal action is the notion of providing employees with cost info and incentives […]

Why Feedback Matters

28 JUNE, 2017 Why Feedback Matters Feedback is a powerful tool – a catalyst for continuous improvement and employee retention. When used effectively, it can accelerate learning, improve performance, and detect subsurface issues before they become full-blown problems. A work environment rich in feedback tends to have better communications and more motivated, productive employees. Feedback […]

Stay Interviews – A Powerful Retention Strategy

20 JUNE, 2017 Stay Interviews – A Powerful Retention Strategy Conducting exit interviews is a common practice for many managers and most human resource departments. Through this practice, we gain insight into why employees decide to leave our employment. Unfortunately, this reactive insight is typically too late to ameliorate current turnover. So, how do we […]

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment

13 JUNE, 2017 DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employment The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently withdrew guidance for classifying independent contractors and for determining joint employment, two key labor laws important to the hospitality industry. While not legally binding, this guidance withdrawal simplifies how to determine classifications, reduces the presumption of […]

Hospitality HR Communications Across Generations

11 MAY, 2017 Hospitality HR Communications Across Generations For the first time ever, hotels are experienci­ng five generation­s in the workforce, each with a different preference when it comes to communicat­ion. This, along with other realities of the hospitalit­y industry (including low wages, high turnover and a large immigrant workforce)­, makes communicat­ing with your employees about […]

Influencing Wellness on a Shoestring

11 APRIL, 2017 Influencing Wellness on a Shoestring Wellness Programs Wellness programs can be complicated and a target for regulatory agencies as employers’ good intentions can conflict with privacy and discrimination laws. So, as a hospitality employer, what are your options?  Can you influence wellness in your workplace?  Can you do so without a large […]

House Passes Stop-Loss Definition Bill by Huge Margin

5 APRIL, 2017 House Passes Stop-Loss Definition Bill by Huge Margin Just 16 members opposed passage Members of the House today voted 400-16 for the  Self-Insurance Protection Act bill. The bill,  H.R. 1304, would block federal efforts to regulate small stop-loss plans as health insurance by excluding the plans from the federal definition of “health insurance coverage.” All […]

As ACA Remains Law, Focus Turns Back to Regulatory Relief

29 MARCH, 2017 As ACA Remains Law, Focus Turns Back to Regulatory Relief Employer groups likely to seek targeted legislative and regulatory fixes Now that House leaders have withdrawn the GOP’s American Health Care Act from formal consideration—at least for the time being—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will stay in effect and attention is turning […]

IRS Extends 1095-C and 1095-B Filing

18 NOVEMBER, 2016 IRS Extends 1095-C and 1095-B Filing Today, the IRS announced (see  Notice 2016-70) an extension to the distribution (but not filing) deadline for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements set forth in Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).  Under Code Section 6055, health coverage providers are required […]

2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces

28 OCTOBER, 2016 2017 Premium Changes and Insurer Participation in the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplaces Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces (also called exchanges) are expected to increase faster in 2017 than in previous years due to a combination of factors, including substantial losses experienced by many insurers in this market […]

Assessing ACA Marketplace Enrollment

4 MARCH, 2016 Assessing ACA Marketplace Enrollment As of the end of the third open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 12.7 million people had signed up for coverage in the health insurance marketplaces, up from 11.7 million last year and 8.0 million in 2014. Actual enrollment will end up somewhat lower than this because […]