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It's been another busy year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so far, and government agencies have released new guidance on coverage waiting periods for 2015 and beyond. Under the ACA, effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, insurers and plans must limit any waiting periods for coverage to 90 days.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, there have been a variety of judicial challenges to it, and it appears that the court system isn’t finished with the law yet. In fact, the ACA has seen a lot of court action this summer.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently challenged severance agreements considered standard in all industries. It also has issued an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (ANPRM) on the federal sector’s obligation to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities.
Big companies are taking a broad range of actions to cut spending on employee healthcare benefits. That means higher costs for workers, a push for more consumer engagement, and greater use of telemedicine.
On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Here you will find what it means for employers.
In recent months, employers around the country have been scrambling to keep up with developments in the evolving rights of employees in same-sex relationships. This article touches on some recent guidance on the issue from federal agencies.
Topics covered in this issue: ACA regulations, same-sex benefits, and trimming healthcare costs
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken an aggressive stance against what it says is employer resistance to the full enjoyment of rights secured by the various civil rights statutes. At issue are commonly used provisions of severance and separation agreements that the EEOC says illegally impede an employee’s right to file discrimination charges and cooperate with EEOC investigations.
The Obama administration has delayed implementation of several sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015 or later. However, a key provision that may have a major impact on employers has been in effect since the ACA was enacted. This article outlines the potential impact of this “forgotten tax” on employers.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision answered whether certain for-profit employers may avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate on religious grounds. However, the decision raised a number of other questions regarding its scope and impact.
One of the many questions surrounding healthcare reform is how the introduction of private health insurance exchanges and state health insurance exchanges could affect how—and eventually whether—employers offer health insurance coverage to employees.
Topics covered in this issue: New EEOC challenges, ACA update, Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Private exchanges, ACA exchange subsidies
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With the recovering economy, employees may see pay rates as their scorecard. If they think they aren't being adequately rewarded, they're likely to look elsewhere. So employers with limited salary budgets must find out what employees value, outside of cash, and how to reward them in a more meaningful way without breaking the bank.
With the recovering economy, employees may see pay rates as their scorecard. If they think they aren't being adequately rewarded, they're likely to look elsewhere. So employers with limited salary budgets must find out what employees value, outside of cash, and how to reward them in a more meaningful way without breaking the bank.
Learn, from a seasoned employee benefits attorney, workplace wellness plan designs for participatory wellness and health-contingent wellness programs as well as how the ACA impacts wellness programs.
Learn, from a seasoned employee benefits attorney, workplace wellness plan designs for participatory wellness and health-contingent wellness programs as well as how the ACA impacts wellness programs.
You’ve reviewed résumés, narrowed down the candidate pool, conducted interviews and finally you’re sure you have the perfect candidate for the job. Now there’s just the matter of offering the right salary.
You’ve reviewed résumés, narrowed down the candidate pool, conducted interviews and finally you’re sure you have the perfect candidate for the job. Now there’s just the matter of offering the right salary.
Is it legitimate FMLA use or is it FMLA abuse? If it is legitimate, can you prove it? And, just as important, can you put a stop to it while simultaneously protecting yourself from costly, ugly retaliation lawsuits?
Is it just coincidence and legitimate FMLA use or is it FMLA abuse? If it is legitimate, can you prove it? And, just as important, can you put a stop to it while simultaneously protecting yourself from costly, ugly retaliation lawsuits?
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What kinds of variable pay do your employees receive? Do you offer short- or long-term incentives? How about sign-on bonuses? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
What kinds of variable pay do your employees receive? Do you offer short- or long-term incentives? How about sign-on bonuses? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
Do you have a policy on background checks? Social media? Want to know about policies other employers have?
Do you have a policy on background checks? Social media? Want to know about policies other employers have? Let's find out!
White Papers:
We wanted to see what two of the world’s leading professional services and consulting organizations, Towers Watson and Mercer, have to say about pay in the waning weeks of 2014. It’s no surprise that, for the most part, these two organizations, both of which have their giant fingers placed squarely on the pulse of trends in compensation and benefits, are generally in agreement—with a few areas of difference.
Many of us continue to do things the way we’ve always done them, even when we recognize that there are more efficient ways to perform our jobs. Change can be time-consuming, expensive, and difficult to sell to the C-suite. However, when it comes to making the move to a cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solution, opportunities abound in terms of creating efficiencies and improving the bottom line.
As healthcare costs continue to climb and employees’ share of premiums rise, it becomes increasingly important for them to understand their health plan options during open enrollment. Chris Hill, CEO of Spotlite, a benefits administration company, says an e-commerce approach to benefits enrollment can empower employees to make informed decisions and ease the administrative burden on HR.
As we do each year, we took a look at MetLife’s Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study so we could report to readers what their peers are doing with regard to employee benefits. Once again, the Study revealed some interesting insights that may contribute toward more effective spending of your benefit plan dollars.
Grab your calculators, everyone; it’s time to evaluate your health plan. We know: No one said there would be math. But the fact is, you’re going to have to examine a lot of facts and figures in order to make informed choices for your health plan design.
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