Category Archives: Employee Benefits / Employment Law

Changes in Banking are Affecting Employees’ Wellbeing

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Regulation is creating change and uncertainty within the financial services industry—and impacting the wellbeing of a bank’s greatest asset: its people. Continue reading →

Building a Diverse Talent Pipeline

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According to a 2014 SHRM survey, more than half (57%) of human resources professionals think recruiting for diversity is important and design their efforts around that goal. The benefits that a diverse workforce can bring are many. Continue reading →

The State of Employee Health Benefits

Defined Contribution + Wellness Strategies

As employers finalize their preparations for 2015 health reform deadlines, recent events surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) have led many of them scratching their heads over how their plans should be implemented. Continue reading →

Miami Heat: Florida Feeling the Impact of Decision Affecting Future of Workers Comp

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I just returned from the Workers’ Compensation Institute Conference in Florida.  The Conference had over 200 presentations and 8,000 attendees this year, but a single topic dominated the buzz: the impact of a recent Circuit Court decision from Judge Jorge … Continue reading →

Shake-up of UK Healthcare Charges Could Catch Expats and Their Employers Unawares

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Medical tourism to the United Kingdom has been a controversial topic for many years, and according to an official report from the National Institute for Health Research, visitors and short-term migrants cost the National Health Service (NHS) £2billion a year. … Continue reading →

Insured Employer Medical Plans – What to do With the MLR Rebate?

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Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) medical insurance contracts (but not for self-funded plans) for the large group market have to return premiums that exceed 85% (80% for small groups, generally those that have fewer than 100 … Continue reading →

Supreme Court: Presume Nothing, Fiduciaries

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that fiduciary committees of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are not entitled to a “presumption of prudence” in lawsuits challenging their decision to invest plan assets in company stock. This decision appears to eliminate … Continue reading →

Reintegrating Soldiers into the Workforce

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On the centennial anniversary of World War I, we’re reminded of the challenges our soldiers faced while returning from combat and readjusting to private-sector employment. Today, the U.S. military services transition approximately 160,000 active duty service members and demobilize approximately … Continue reading →

Trends to Watch in the Health Care and Benefit Space

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Recently, I spoke on Goldman Sachs’ Annual Managed Care State of the Market call, to offer investors a front-line, mid-year view of industry pricing and product trends, and to discuss issues facing mid-sized employers amidst implementation of the Affordable Care … Continue reading →

Analysis: What Next, After the Conflicting Obamacare Decisions?

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Tuesday, two conflicting circuit court decisions reflected on the ability of the IRS to direct taxpayer financial support to those Americans who enrolled in public exchange coverage. Some employers will be unaffected whichever decision prevails, while other companies—and states—will face … Continue reading →