Tag: benefits

disability insurance

Update Your Disability Benefits Claims and Appeals Procedures Before 2018 Deadline

HR employees typically begin planning for next year before autumn of the current year because choices about the next year’s benefits are made months before it begins. Whether you’re making many or few changes to the benefits you offer, your preparations for open enrollment provide a good opportunity to confirm that your benefits plans are […]

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back injury

New High-Value Approaches to Musculoskeletal Disorders Can Pay Off for Employers

Employers can better manage the health and cost burdens of musculoskeletal disorders by implementing prevention strategies such as ergonomics training and movement-friendly workplace design, providing onsite physical therapy for those with acute or chronic pain, and paying for surgery with bundled pricing, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH).

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ACA

9th Circuit Faults Retiree Plan’s Disclosure of Lifetime Maximum

A federal appeals court recently confirmed that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) prohibition of lifetime benefits maximums does not apply to retiree-only group health plans. However, the court ruled, the plan had failed to disclose this adequately as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The case is King v. Blue Cross & […]

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benefits

Study: Employers’ Cost to Provide Employee Benefits Has Risen 24% Since 2001

U.S. employers’ cost to provide employee benefits, measured as a percentage of pay, increased 24% between 2001 and 2015, fueled largely by a doubling in healthcare benefit costs, according to a new analysis by Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The analysis, according to WTW, “reveals a major shift in how employers allocate benefit dollars and prompts […]

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Millennials

New Research Offers 4 Trending Insights into the Millennial Workforce

According to new research, released by meQuilibrium, Millennials are rapidly becoming the dominant cohort in the workplace, and this is causing significant shifts in workplace culture. It is predicted that Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025—prompting HR professionals to rethink the way they communicate benefits, offer learning experiences, and engage the […]

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vacation

California Companies Can Impose a Waiting Period on Paid Vacation Accrual

A California auto detail business required its employees to work for at least 1 year before earning vacation. An employee left after 6 months and received no vacation pay upon his departure. He sued the company, claiming it unlawfully required him to forfeit his accrued vacation pay.

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Pensions

PBGC Will Assist United Furniture Workers Pension Fund

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has approved a partition application and will provide early financial assistance to the United Furniture Workers Pension Fund A, a Nashville-based multiemployer pension plan that covers nearly 10,000 participants.

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Benefits

Benefits: 45% of Employers Report Not Offering Workplace Group Life Insurance

Some say the key to attracting and retaining top talent is through a robust benefits package. Benefits play a crucial role in both attracting and retaining employees. Innovative benefit packages are often what distinguishes an employer from the pack—and what you’re not offering potential employees stands out even more. One key benefit you can offer […]

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small package

Good (Nontaxable) Things Come in Small Packages: The De Minimis Fringe Benefit Rule

Do you want to recognize an employee’s 20 years of service by giving a gift? Perhaps you want to refund local transportation costs or open a cafeteria so your employees can eat on-site. Maybe you just want to know how to handle those annual holiday turkeys you give to employees. All of these situations are […]

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workers' comp

Some New Mexico Workers’ Benefits Will Take a Hit Under WCA Amendments

During the 2015 legislative session, and later in the 2017 regular legislative session, lawmakers started redrafting the sections of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) that seemed unfair and unworkable to many employers. The revisions became law on June 16, 2017. Now, when a worker is fired for cause unrelated to a workplace injury, the worker is no longer eligible for workers’ comp benefits beyond the basic impairment rating benefit.

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