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Advisory: Employee Benefits  // Browsing posts in Advisory: Employee Benefits

What the NFL Can Teach Us About Healthcare Reform

The march to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII is on! This year’s big event undoubtedly provides a welcome diversion from narrowly averted fiscal cliffs, but it also provides an interesting opportunity to look at the impact of Healthcare Reform on employer sponsored benefits...

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Voluntary Benefits: Employer Interest Rises

Atlanta Business Chronicle (11-16-12) - - As the economy continues to move along an uncertain path, companies are increasingly turning to voluntary benefits as a method to drive business goals while also attracting and retaining highly skilled employees.

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Employers Face PPACA Implementation Questions

Atlanta Business Chronicle (11-16-12) - - As President Obama prepares for another term, businesses across Georgia are finishing up their open enrollment for 2013 healthcare benefits. Gov. Nathan Deal had until November 16 to decide whether Georgia would create its own healthcare exchange under the Affordable Care Act. If he got in under the wire....

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Employer Notification of State Insurance Exchange

Employers will be required to give employees a written notice of the existence of State Health Insurance Exchanges and, if the employer offers a health plan, some of the factors that might be relevant to the employee’s decision to participate in the employer’s plan or seek coverage through an Exchange. This notice must be provided to current employees not later than March 1, 2013.....

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Expatriates Require Different Benefits

Overview As the world continues to grow as a global marketplace, the needs of the globally mobile workforce continue to develop as well. Some of your employees may be abroad for a few weeks, while others may relocate for years. No matter the length of stay or location, employers need to understand the difference between...

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Health Reform Update: Recent Changes and Challenges

Overview On April 14, 2011, the President signed the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection Act, followed by the Continuing Appropriations Act, which was signed into law the next day. Of note to employers and other sponsors of group health plans, these Acts repealed two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the expanded Form 1099 reporting...

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EAP Offers Help for Employees in Stressful Times

As employee stress loads mount, productivity declines, absenteeism rises and the probability of on-the-job injuries increases. As an employer, you may already have the tools in place to help employees deal with financial hardships. If your company provides group disability coverage as a core benefit, the plan more than likely includes an employee assistance program (EAP).

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Employee Benefits Strategies and the Tax Relief Act

On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the Tax Relief Act). The Act is a multi-billion dollar tax cut package that extends certain tax provisions known as the “Bush tax cuts.”

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Grandfathering Health Plans: Evaluate Pros & Cons

The recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or healthcare reform, is prompting human resource managers and their employee benefit consultants to spend countless hours assessing the impact on employer-sponsored benefit programs.

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Parity Among Benefits? Make the Most of It

In January 2010, final regulations requiring parity between mental health or substance abuse disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits under an employer’s group health insurance coverage were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services. This regulation affects health insurance plans covering more than 50 employees and can have serious financial consequences if not properly incorporated into your employee benefits program.

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