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...
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.
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....
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.....
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 […]
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).
The DOL’s recent interpretation of the Family Medical Leave Act expands an employee’s rights to take leave to care for a child. Failure to comply can result in substantial fines and potential legal action from employees wrongfully denied time off under FMLA.
Controlling healthcare costs and the resulting medical insurance premiums requires the simultaneous deployment of multiple preventative care strategies. Attempting to control costs with a single strategy is akin to bailing out a sinking boat with a single bucket; ten buckets working in unison will generate much better results.
Wellness programs are a highly effective strategy for reducing a company’s healthcare costs. And until recently, such programs seemed to be free of legal pitfalls and potential lawsuits. But thanks to a recent letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers now need to walk a fine line when implementing such cost control measures. […]
Properly structured benefits programs play a critical role in every employer’s ability to recruit and retain qualified employees. While medical insurance is obviously at the top of every employee’s list of key benefits, the second most important benefit valued by employees, particularly professionals, is long-term disability (LTD) insurance.
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