Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Don’t Let Health Care Reform Overshadow Employee Engagement Efforts

engaged employee

In the world of human resources and employee benefits, the results of the upcoming  November elections and the potential impact on health care reform seems to be a tipping point. The current worries around health care reform mostly contain anxiety … Continue reading →

Our Scariest Employee Benefits Risk – Health Care Reform

Scariest Risks

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has presented a scary scenario for organizations who are grappling with the reform’s changes to their plans. Continue reading →

Video – Mixed Signals: Navigating a Mixed Marketplace

Video: Eric Joost speaks about Marketplace Realities 2013

A year ago we were searching for an inflection point between the end of a soft market, and the start of a hard market. So far, that has not happened. Rather, as we report in the 2013 Marketplace Realities report, … Continue reading →

Preparing for Federal Agencies on the Prowl

Preparing for an Audit

As the IRS, U.S. Dept. of Labor and other federal agencies continue to step up enforcement of employer practices and employee benefit plans,  the potential for an organization to be subject to an audit is very real. Employers have reported anecdotally … Continue reading →

Reduce Costs by Integrating Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance Administration

Workers Comp and Disability Files

How to save money on employee health care by integrating workers compensation and disability insurance. Continue reading →

Hiring Criminals II: Hiring Convicts to Process Sensitive Data

Inmates have access to sensitive data

Why worry about hiring ex-cons when it’s the current convicts who have access to your sensitive data? Continue reading →

Health Care Transformation is Underway but the Industry Needs to Work out the Kinks

Even before the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of health care reform, a transformation in the health care industry was already underway as health care organizations began to consider what shape their business models might take in the context … Continue reading →

Must U.S. Employers Hire Criminals?


One recent development likely to be relevant to a large number of employers is the new Enforcement Guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concerning the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions. Continue reading →

Don’t Wait for Election Day to Prepare for Health Reform

Some employers were hoping the Supreme Court would make PPACA go away. Don’t make the same mistake with the fall elections. Continue reading →

Employers Now Care if Their Employees are Using Their Gym Memberships

Many adults, at some point in their life, sign a gym contract to get in better shape. But as the membership fee subtracts from a bank account, a lack of commitment keeps pounds from subtracting from the waistline. Employers today … Continue reading →