The CheckPoint HR Blog

Keep calm and comply on: Preparing for HR change in the face of uncertainty

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, May 1, 2017


With a new administration come uncertainty, questions and concerns. Here's how to navigate those complexities and maintain compliance


The rapid shifts unfolding for employers this year are bringing concern, confusion and complexity to the human resources landscape. From policy changes to new litigation, these transformations greatly influence how employers and HR professionals approach all aspects of employee administration, talent acquisition and HR management. 

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Topics: employee benefits, Affordable Care Act, human resources, onboarding

3 Ways to Approach Pay or Play

Posted by Julianne Durante on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

With 2014 well under way, many employers are looking forward to 2015 and considering their approach of employer shared responsibility penalties. Employers need to decide whether or not they will sponsor health coverage that complies with the Affordable Care Act. There are th main approaches, each with advantages and disadvantages to employers employees.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

ACA Update: When to Begin Tracking Employee Hours for Pay or Play

Posted by Julianne Durante on Fri, May 16, 2014

In February, the IRS issued final regulations on the “pay or play” (also known as “employer shared responsibility”) rules. Under the final regulations, applicable large employers with fewer than 100 full-time or full-time equivalent employees will have until 2016 to comply with the pay or play rules. Employers with 100 or more full-time or full-time equivalent (FTE) employees must comply by 2015.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

Is Recruitment One of Your Pay or Play Considerations?

Posted by Julianne Durante on Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Earlier in February, the ACA Employer Mandate was extended for another year. Employers with 50 - 99 employees now have until 2016 to offer benefits to full time employees, giving many businesses more time to evaluate how they will offer insurance. Businesses everywhere breathed a sigh of relief, and promptly moved on. But one key consideration in the Pay or Play decision is being swept under the rug: Recruitment. How will smaller employers be able to attract top talent and grow their businesses if they're not offering competitive benefits packages?

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Topics: employee benefits, Affordable Care Act, Altered Rules to Insurers and Employers

ACA NEWS: Treasury Releases Delayed “Pay Or Play” Employer Mandate Regulations

Posted by Julianne Durante on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

On Monday, Treasury Department officials announced that the ACA deadline for providing health insurance for full-time workers will be extended until 2016 for employers with 50 – 99 workers. This change will give these employers “a little more time to adjust to providing coverage,” according to a Treasury Department official. The update also included decisions on full-time employee definitions.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

Health Insurance Tool for Business Owners

Posted by Bill Faughnan on Tue, Aug 6, 2013

The Obama administration launched a new web site intended to help business owners  understand their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Benefits Brokers

Open Enrollment is Around the Corner

Posted by Jennifer Camacho on Fri, Oct 5, 2012

Employees across the country can expect to receive 2013 open enrollment materials throughout the next few weeks. The open-enrollment period offers them the opportunity to make changes to the healthcare benefits they currently receive. Often times, mistakes made during the open enrollment period cost workers, and that wasted money can amount to up to $750 annually, according to a recent survey by Aflac. Many of these mistakes are made as employees attempt to sift through page after page of benefits materials that can be both confusing and overwhelming.

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Topics: Health Care Reform, health care, Benefits, open enrollment, Affordable Care Act