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► Small Businesses to Have New Enrollment Options for Healthcare Coverage

May 25, 2017

A new plan to change the way that small businesses enroll in insurance coverage through the federal marketplace was recently announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Federally-Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP) was mandated under the ...

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► Compensation Gap Widens between Public and Private Sectors

May 24, 2017

Last April, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that discusses the compensation gap between private sector workers and those employed by the federal government. Since the last such CBO study in 2012, the gap appears to have widened. The report's summary explained the ...

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► Global Cost of Health Care Benefits Continues To Rise

May 22, 2017

A recent survey confirms that the cost of employer-provided healthcare benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight. Insurers attribute this trend to the cost of hospital/inpatient and outpatient medical services, advanced medical technology, and the overuse and ...

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► Bill O'Reily Firing Shines Spotlight on Workplace Harassment

May 19, 2017

Before axing talk show host Bill O’Reily, Fox News paid some of the $13 million needed to settle sexual harassment claims made against him. However, they failed to fully address the problem. The company did not thoroughly investigate or take appropriate remedial action until there was ...

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► Job Rescission Email Sent to Pregnant Employee Costs Employer $100K

May 16, 2017

A Florida insurance company will pay $100,000 to resolve a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit that alleges the business rescinded a job offer made to a female applicant after learning she was pregnant. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the lawsuit on the ...

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► Summer Jobs: What Employers Need to Know About Hiring Minors

May 11, 2017

Summer is almost here which means many teens will be looking for jobs to earn some extra cash.  It is also the time employers are looking to hire minors for the summer—in camps, restaurants, resorts, swimming pools, and anywhere else business picks up in the warm weather months. When ...

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► Health Care Repeal Bill Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

May 8, 2017

A modified version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the U. S. House of Representatives , 217-213, on May 4, 2017. The vote was mostly split along party lines, with all Democrats and 20 Republicans voting against the legislation. Now that the House has passed the AHCA ( H.R. 1628 ...

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► Health Savings Account Limits For 2018 Released

May 4, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced higher annual contribution limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for 2018.  The minimum deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket limits for an HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan (HDHP) also will be increased for inflation, according to ...

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► Gross Misconduct Determinations under COBRA Not so Simple

April 26, 2017

Whether a terminated employee has engaged in "gross misconduct" that will justify a plan in not offering COBRA to that former employee will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the particular situation. This determination can be challenging for employers since the COBRA ...

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► FAQs: Nonimmigrant Visa Workers and Health Coverage Mandate

April 24, 2017

From time to time questions arise in the HR department about health coverage for certain nonimmigrant visa workers. Most recently, we have received questions from our subscribers on this subject regarding coverage for H-1B, H-2B, and F-1 workers. Employers who hire—or are considering ...

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