From the August 2012 issue of CeridianVoice.

August 2012 News Briefs

Links to important news and interesting articles on topics related to human resources and employee benefits.

Payroll tax holiday likely to expire at end of 2012

In his latest blog post, Ceridian's longtime Capitol Hill consultant Jim O'Connell explains what's happening with the payroll tax holiday and why legislators are not planning to extend it into 2013. O'Connell said, "While no one likes to see a tax cut expire, America's payroll professionals can at least breathe a sigh of relief come this year-end." 

HHS releases new Q&A on nondiscrimination

On August 6, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued seven new questions and answers addressing nondiscrimination rules under health care reform that apply to health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Among other things, the Q&A states that PPACA:

  • Prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sex stereotyping
  • Does not require health insurers to cover transition-related surgery
Communicate the value of your EAP

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a valuable, free benefit for employees. But EAPs are often underused by employees who do not know what is available to them. In this entertaining blog post, Ed Bray, JD, director of employee benefits for Hawaiian Airlines, shares his tips for educating employees about your EAP. 

Sitting less helps employees live longer

A new study suggests sitting more than three hours per day may shorten one's life by two years. Many U.S. office workers sit more than six hours per day, increasing their risk for disease. Read the article from Employee Benefit News for ideas to get your employees up and moving around more throughout the day.

Tips for employers on outcome-based wellness incentives

Health care reform expands employers' ability to provide financial incentives to employees for attaining certain health goals such as losing weight or quitting smoking. If you're considering a wellness program that incorporates outcomes-based incentives, you may want to read this 
article on SHRM's website for ten recommendations from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.