November Issue Highlights
- November 2013 a note from the editor
- Profile: Curnis Upkins, Jr., VP HR & Workforce Services Mississippi Hospital Association
- Highlights from the 2013 AR SHRM Leadership Conference
- HIghlights from the 2013 WT SHRM Fall 2013 Employment Law Conference
- EEOC v Abercrombie & Fitch – Religious Accommodation in the Workplace by Sally F. Barron
- The Pitfalls of Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Under the ACA by Shannon Coleman Egle
- Addressing Stress in the Workplace by Donna Tosches
- Voluntary – not “Optional” – Why Voluntary Benefits Should Be an Essential Part of Your Employer Benefits Package by Blake Rogers, Jimmy Hinton, and Ricky Reynolds
- Employers Become a Lever for Managing Their Own Health Costs by Murray L. Harber and Matt Ginn
- More Things Non-Union Employers Don’t Know About the NLRB by Lisa A. Krupicka
- Best Practices for Terminating Problem Employees by Robin B. Taylor
- Congress Revisits LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws: An Overview of the Employment Act of 2013 by Abtin Mehdizadegan
- Do You Have the Right People on the Bus? How Do You Know? by Voss W. Graham
- Seven Ways of Making It Easier to Deal With Difficult People by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Violence at Home. Victims at Work. Employers Confront Domestic Violence by Deborah M. Clubb and Dr. Carol Danehower
- Inconsistent Expectations Drive Employees Crazy . . . or Worse! by Jeff Kortes
- Free College Advice Program Benefits Employers by Julieanna Walker,PHR
- Holiday Party Disasters and How to Avoid Them by David L Barron
- Web Exclusive: 2014 401(k) Plan Limits Announced
Effective January 2014, group health plan coverage for any employee hired before January 1, 2014, cannot begin later than March 31, 2014—90 days after December 31, 2013 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The waiting-period limitation applies to any group health plan subject to the PPACA, which includes any group health plan that covers two or more current employees. Therefore, virtually all group health plans are included.
Section 2708, which was added to the Public Health Service Act under The PPACA, prohibits any group health plan regardless of whether insured or self-insured, and whether or not grandfathered—from applying any waiting period that exceeds 90 days, effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
However, “excepted benefits” are not subject to the waiting-period limit. This means that ‘stand-alone,’ limited-scope group dental or vision plans—where employees make a separate election and pay a separate premium for the dental or vision coverage—are not limited to a 90-day waiting period.
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