From the April 2013 issue of CeridianVoice.

April 2013 News Briefs

Five steps to take to prepare for health care reform

In preparation for the 2014 implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is recommended that employers consider five key issues in this pre-implementation year. Companies should consider and develop strategies for the following issues: dealing with the hourly threshold, dependent coverage, resetting benefit values, driving improved health and the rise of private exchanges. Read more about each at HR Executive Online.

 

New I-9 Form must be used by May 7

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new version of Form I-9. The new form contains several new data fields, including space for employees’ foreign passport information and email addresses. In addition, the form’s layout has been revised and will be two pages. Employers may begin using the new form immediately but must do so beginning May 7 or face penalties from USCIS. Read more at Employee Benefits News.

 

Managers serve as one key to international success

To be successful abroad, companies must pick the right people to manage their international locations. In addition to tackling work challenges, employees that relocate to a different country often deal with a variety of issues and obstacles ranging from security to health care to housing to children’s education. Consequently, it is essential that companies protect the investment they’ve made when deciding to relocate an employee. Read more at Workforce.com.

 

Translating HR communications for employees around the globe

For multinational companies, translating human resources policies and employee communications can be a million-dollar issue, according to White & Case’s International Labor and Employment Law. HR leaders are challenged to communicate to employees in a timely and compliant way. If companies have employees in other countries, this may require translation which can slow down the timeliness of a communication and untranslated workplace communications can often violate language laws abroad. Read more at White & Case.

 

Popularity of healthcare exchanges for retirees rising

A recent survey by Aon Hewitt found that two-thirds of employers are considering using a private insurance exchange for Medicare-eligible retirees. Sources state that retirees can gain access to a wider choice of plans in an exchange compared with an employer directly offering the coverage. Read more at Business Insurance.