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
    • ACA ALE Requirements: 5 Things Corporate Counsel Should Know

      The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, overhauled the U.S. healthcare system and made significant changes to the responsibilities employers have regarding their employees' access to health care. These regulations include specific reporting requirements.

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    • Final Rule Issued Requires Parity for Mental Health Care Benefits
      On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule to increase parity between mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical and surgical benefits in group and ...

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    • Do For Profit Corporations Have Religious Rights?
      Do for profit corporations have religious rights? The answer to this question depends on what jurisdiction you are in. But perhaps not for long, as two petitions are currently pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, with responses due on October 21 ...

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    • DOL Issues Guidance on Same-Sex Marriages and Employee Benefit Plans
      On September 18, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor, which was decided on June 26, 2013. In Windsor, the Court struck down provisions of the Defense of ...

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    • A Primer on the Affordable Care Act's "Employer Mandate"
      The so-called "employer mandate", was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act), and although commonly referred to as a "mandate," it is officially called the "shared employer responsibility'" in the Act. Essentially ...

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    • 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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