HR Benefits

Benefits are a form of compensation paid by employers to employees over and above the amount of pay specified as a base salary or hourly rate of pay. Benefits are a portion of a total compensation package for employees. Employee benefits are designed to provide security to you and your family, and to improve your quality of life. This is FindLaw's collection of HR Benefits articles, part of the Human Resources section of the Corporate Counsel Center. Law articles in this archive are predominantly written by lawyers for a professional audience seeking business solutions to legal issues. Start your free research with FindLaw.

HR Benefits Articles
    • Contraceptive Coverage Provision of Health Care Law Takes Effect
      On January 1, 2013, the much talked about "contraceptive mandate" goes into effect, requiring non-exempted group health plans to provide coverage for women's preventative health services, including contraceptive methods. Specifically, under section ...

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    • Managing Employee Benefits
      Contributors to the research and text were Sandy Taube, director, Employee Benefits Communications Services; Nora O'Connor, associate consultant, Coopers and Lybrand; and Jesse R. Slome, ChFC & CLU, pension manager, Aetna Life and Casualty Company ...

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    • No Disability Insurance Coverage Under COBRA
      In this era of complicated and ever changing health care laws, business owners - both large and small - received some guidance recently from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ruling in a case of first impression, the court held that ...

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    • Nonimmigrant Visas
      The popular H-1B visa is an employer-specific visa which allows U.S. companies to hire degreed foreign professionals. Employees holding H-1B visas may work in the U.S. for an initial period of three years, renewable for a maximum of six years ...

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    • New Final Cobra Regulations
      The Treasury Department published new, final COBRA regulations on February 3, 1999. The final regulations replace previously proposed COBRA regulations published in 1987. The final regulations are in the same "question and answer" format as the 1987 ...

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    • New Guidance on Administration of Health Care Plans
      This update describes two recent developments that may affect the administration of your health care plans. Last October, the Departments of Labor and Health Human Services published general guidance on the Women.s Health and Cancer Rights Act of ...

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    • New Immigration Law Affects Employers
      On September 30, 1996, President Clinton signed what was heralded as a tough, new immigration law. The law, much of which took effect on April 1, 1997, has received a great deal of attention in the press and other media for toughening "green card ...

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    • IRS Announces 2001 Cost of Living Adjustments for Benefit Plans
      The IRS recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments effective January 1, 2001 for the various dollar limits applicable to retirement plans. The 2001 dollar limits are: The maximum amount of pay considered FICA wages, which is the maximum ...

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    • IRA & Retirement Plans Update
      p> Many people save for their retirement through tax-deferred arrangements such as employer-sponsored retirement plans (a pension or profit sharing plan, for example) or Individual Retirement Arrangements ("IRAs"). A Tax-deferred arrangement means ...

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    • IRS Allows Employers to Provide Grace Period For Flexible Spending Accounts
      On May 18, 2005, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2005-42 which permits employers to adopt a grace period of up to 2½ months after a plan year for participants in flexible spending accounts ("FSAs") to use FSA funds which were unused ...

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