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ACA Best Practices: Learning from Year One of Annual Reporting and Looking to the Future

Congratulations!! If you were an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) for tax year 2015, you have nearly made it through your first year of annual health care reporting. You’re likely close to issuing the new annual information return to each employee that was full-time for at least one month in 2015 (IRS Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) and are in the process of communicating employee data to the IRS. For some of you, this may have been a smooth process. For others, there may have been some bumps along the way, which is to be expected for the first time through something as complex as Annual Health Care Reporting. Either way, now is the time to start proactively planning for next year—and equally as important, finding out what you need to be on the lookout for to ensure this annual process goes as uneventfully as possible. This Saint Patrick’s Day, don’t rely on luck to find out what you need to know on the latest updates to...

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2016 Tax Credits and Incentives Following Year-End Legislation

U.S.-based businesses could have a major opportunity to benefit from tax credits following year-end legislation. The Omnibus Spending Bill H.R. 2029 and the PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015), signed into law at the end of 2015, include the extension of more than 50 tax credits and incentive programs that expired on Dec. 31, 2014. This includes an array of federal tax credits that offer incentives to employers who implement various hiring, training and investing practices. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) – Extended for five years through 2019, WOTC is designed to encourage employers to hire and retain individuals from various target groups, including veterans of war, welfare recipients and the newly added “long-term unemployed” category, among others. Through this program, businesses can qualify for a tax credit of up to $9,600 per eligible employee for the first year of employment. Federal Empowerment Zone Employment Credit – Businesses that hire employees who live and work in an empowerment zone, which are designated distressed urban and...

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Are You an Applicable Large Employer? Tune In, Turn Up, Find Out

Are you an Applicable Large Employer (ALE) subject to the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? The answer may be more complicated than you think. Barbara Weltman of wsRadio interviews Vic Saliterman, Senior VP and General Manager of Health Care Reform at ADP, about how small businesses can determine whether they are ALEs for 2016. The February 16 radio interview will help small businesses on the cusp of 50 employees understand the implications of the ACA. You also can learn more in her blog post at Big Ideas for Small...

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Electronic Time and Attendance: A Logical Step in Nonprofit’s Business Evolution

This article is authored by Louis Medina, outreach and advocacy manager for Community Action Partnership of Kern. Managing staff time and attendance, payroll and benefits for an 800- employee agency serving nine central California counties can be a daunting enterprise – especially if a lot of the work is done on paper. But transition­ing seamlessly to a paperless Human Capital Management system can be just as challenging – unless the right resources and technology are in place. That is what Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) learned in the fall of 2015, when it successfully implemented ADP’s Workforce Now – an integrated HCM platform designed specifically for midsized businesses – under the leadership of CAPK’s Payroll and Human Resources Information Systems Manager Eric Kelley. It was a project that the agency had wanted to implement since around 2010, said Kelley, who came on board with CAPK just a little over a year ago. “Several sincere efforts at paperless time and attendance implementation were attempted,” he said. “However, such a...

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New Year, New Benefits Strategy: The Role of Private Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led many employers like you to fundamentally reconsider every element of workforce management. You may be exploring new models for administering health benefits to your employees and looking for innovative ways to help reduce the cost of your health care plans – and one of those methods may be using a Private Exchange. Employers may gravitate to Private Exchanges for many reasons: you want to ‘outsource’ to experts the time consuming and expensive annual process of selecting and pricing benefits carriers and plans and obtain assistance with ACA regulatory compliance in an increasingly complicated environment. Or, you may want to help your employees become more value-conscious healthcare buyers. But exactly what are Private Exchanges? And how do you know what to look for when selecting one? What are the benefits of a Private Exchange and how can you determine if it would be the right approach for your business? To help you understand the role Private Exchanges can play in your overall benefits...

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Everest Group Names ADP a Global Leader and Star Performer

Everest Group, a leading analyst firm, has named ADP a Leader and Star Performer in its most recent ranking of multi-process human resources outsourcing providers. In its report, Everest cites adoption of ADP’s expanding portfolio and global solutions as key market strengths. The report, published in late 2015, cites a market-leading number of new deals, expanded service delivery with new Centers of Excellence, the ADP Mobile Solutions application, and ADP DataCloud as among the company’s notable solutions. “ADP continues to excel with the global solutions it provides to the multi-process human resources outsourcing market,” said Arkadev Basak, practice director at Everest Group. “In addition to expanding its capabilities in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, ADP has bolstered its mobility capabilities with the ADP Mobile App and has set a benchmark in HR analytics with ADP DataCloud. Other initiatives, such as the launch of ADP GlobalView HCM, the launch of ADP Marketplace, and the company’s comprehensive approach to ACA compliance illustrate its continued commitment to providing an enriched scope of...

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ACA Special Edition Webcast: Understanding the Impact of the IRS ACA Annual Reporting Extension

On December 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced delayed reporting due dates for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Forms 1094-C/1095-C as follows: The due date for Form 1095-C to employees is delayed from February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. The due date for filing Forms 1094-C/1095-C with the IRS is delayed from February 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016, if not filing electronically, and from March 31, 2016 to June 30, 2016, if filing electronically. Identical extensions apply for insurers and others furnishing Form 1095-B to covered individuals, and filing Forms 1094-B/1095-B with the IRS. What does this mean to you? Listen to the special edition webcast in the series of ACA Best Practices webcasts, which provides in-depth information on the details of this extension and what it could mean for you and your clients.   This insightful and informative session includes an overview of the extension, as well as a review of penalty changes, and ways to navigate the extension with employees. Learn from the experts:...

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Top Concerns Keeping Midsized Business Owners Up at Night

While the definition of a “midsized company” varies depending on who you speak to, one thing’s for sure: Midsized businesses clearly pull their weight when it comes to keeping the U.S. economy going. According to the Association for Corporate Growth, midsized businesses represent nearly 26.5% or 48 million of all U.S. jobs. That’s about one-third of private sector GDP. In order to gain insight into the pain points and concerns of these heroes of the U.S. economy, ADP recently conducted its fourth annual Midsized Business Owners Study. The survey of more than 700 business owners and executives at companies with 50-999 employers revealed some interesting takeaways. For the first time since the study’s inception, concern about overall government regulations surpassed those of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care costs. While still the second and third most noted concern among those surveyed, ACA and health care concerns leveled off in the latest survey, allowing general worries over the amount of regulations to spike upwards since 2014. It’s clear...

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Spark: Igniting the power of people

We are very excited to introduce Spark, a new thought leadership blog designed to help current and future HR leaders be successful today, and in the future. Spark is your go-to source for workforce management news, stories and tips. Spark covers topics such as: Change: Rarely do things ever stay the same. Adapting to market drivers, organizational restructuring due to mergers and acquisitions and strategies for best aligning your resources for success are just a sample of the topics covered within ‘Change.’ Risk: Whether it’s financial or reputational risk you’re thinking about, education is key when it comes to devising strategies to minimize exposure.   Sample topics within ‘Risk’ include the Affordable Care Act (ACA), wage and hour regulations and data security. People Management: Depending on the day, you may be hyper-focused on recruiting best practices, engagement or retention. At the heart of it all is employee experience.  What you’ll find within ‘People Management’ are insights on benefits strategies, managing your talent and more. Trends: This is where you’ll find stories about the...

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It Takes Two Minutes: Questions answered about Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

1094-C and 1095-C are new major tax-filing forms that are required for millions of people when they file their 2015 income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2016. Listen to ADP’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health Care Reform Vic Saliterman  interview with Bloomberg Radio’s Kathleen Hays to help explain the new tax forms. Listen to the two-minute recorded Bloomberg Radio interview in its entirety online....

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