January 2016 Issue Highlights
In the Spotlight: Susan R. Meisinger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, JD
- January 2016 a note from the editor
- Profile: Susan R. Meisinger, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, JD
- SHRM Certification – The Future of HR is Here
- Highlights of SHRM-Memphis Holiday Social
- Highlights of MBA Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Seminar
- MSSHRM 2016 Leadership Conference March 11-12 in Pearl
- Preview of ARSHRM State Conference and Expo April 6-8 in Roger
- Early Bird Registration for TNSHRM Strategic Leadership Conference April 6 in Nashville
- Do You Have Exra Money in Your 2015 Budget?
- The Gig Economy by Susan R. Meisinger
- A New Year and a New Strategy? by Tom Hayes
- Profiles of Top Employee Benefits Companies
- 5 New Year’s Resolutions to Prevent an Employer’s “Auld Lan-Anxiety” in 2016 by Courtney Leyes
- ACA Reporting Software/Vendor Setup – What’s With These Questions by Ed Fensholt, J.D. and Brad Mandacina, CEBS
- Three Strikes You Are Out Except When the Impact of Selection Procedures is Disparate by Kelly A. Campbell
- Sabatoged Success: The Number One HR Problem You’re Not Thinking About by Clifford Stephan
- Common Fiduciary Errors and How to Avoid Them by Larry J. Tolbert
- Evaluating Evaluations by Joseph A. Ramsey
- Supreme Court Watch: Recovery of Payment When Funds Have Been Spent by Jennifer Kiesewetter
- McDonald’s to Pay $355K in Penalties by Bruce E. Buchanan
- Book Look: Business Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results by William Carmichael
- 7 Habits of Leaders Who Inspire Powerful Loyalty by Harvey Deutschendorf
- The Impact of Social Media in the Workplace by Brigitte Jones-Tubbs
- Highlights of HRO Partners Holiday Breakfast
- Bass Berry Sims Labor Talk: An Employment Law Update
- SHRM-Memphis Mock Trial
- Reframing the Analysis of Academic Internship Programs by Kristy Offitt and Amy Jensen
- Next Issue – Top Companies in Payroll and HRIS Technology – Deadine to Submit Ads and Articles is January 10
The IRS ACA affordability contribution percentages were further increased for 2016. Under the ACA, the affordability of an employer’s plan may be assessed in the following three contexts:
- Shared responsibility penalty for applicable large employers. This refers to the pay or play rules or employer mandate;
- An exemption from the tax penalty imposed on individuals who fail to obtain health coverage. This refers to the individual mandate.
- The premium tax credit for low-income individuals to purchase health coverage through a Health Care Exchange.
The affordability percentage for the employer mandate and premium tax credit for 2016 is 9.66% under the employer mandate and premium tax credit eligibility rules.
For plan years beginning in 2016, employer- sponsored coverage will generally be considered affordable under both the pay or play rules and the premium tax credit eligibility rules if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed 9.66 % of the employee’s household income for the year. But employers using an affordability safe harbor under the pay or play rules should continue using a contribution percentage of 9.5 % to measure their plan’s affordability.
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