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Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad Resigns

Good afternoon, either you caught this announcement last night, or are just seeing it. When we reflect on what has been happening recently with Zenefits, certainly this inattention to the licensing aspect of their business is a huge issue and concerning. In our opinion, part of the reason for this, is their fast growth. It is not an excuse, just an observation and reinforces the market demand for technology. Zenefits got sloppy.

Benefit Advisors Network Highlighted In IHC; New Members

The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (IHC) announces the addition of four new members to the Benefit Advisors Network (BAN), including Olympic Crest Insurance, Broad Reach Benefits, IFS Benefits, LLC and McNeary, Inc.

What's Wrong with Your Wellness Programming?

Wellness & Population Health Management
What's Wrong with Your Wellness Programming?

Traditional wellness programs have not convincingly demonstrated effectiveness, and there is a growing recognition that workplace well-being requires a multi-dimensional approach organizational commitment to provide programs with a real potential to influence well-being. There is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that making well-being a part of the everyday work of an organization can provide benefits. Using information to craft and evaluate programs for promoting health is a fundamental part of the strategy.

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Really Mean for my Company?

Human Resources Management Department Blog
What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Really Mean for my Company?

Now that the flurry of legal alerts and employment advisors updates summarizing the Supreme Court ruling in the much awaited Hobby Lobby decision have stopped overloading your Inbox, you can take a breath and ask “So, what does all this mean to me as an employer?” You may find that like most employers, this ruling may have no current impact on how you are administering your health and welfare plans.

Proposed Rule for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in the Wake of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Human Resources Management Department Blog
FMLA and DOMA

Following the Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor in which the Court struck down the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); the provision that interpreted “marriage” and “spouse” to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law, President Obama instructed the Attorney General to work with the Cabinet to review federal statutes to ensure that the Windsor decision is implemented.

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Could Private Exchanges Provide Cadillac Tax Relief?

Private Exchanges & Defined Contribution Strategies
Using a Private Exchange to Avoid Paying the Cadillac Tax

Employers worried about the "Cadillac Tax," or an excise tax being imposed on employers in 2018 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, may want to consider implementing a private exchange solution sooner rather than later. The Cadillac Tax is a 40% excise tax to be imposed on health insurance benefits exceeding a certain threshold.

ACA’s Deductible Limits for Small Groups Repealed

Compliance Blog
Impact for Small Employers with 100 or Fewer Employees

Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.  The primary purpose of the law was to provide a one-year delay of a 24% reduction in payment rates for physicians who participate in the Medicare program.

Obama Proposal to Shrink White-Collar Exemptions

Human Resources Management Department Blog
Did you know that Obama Proposes Shrinking the White-Collar Exemptions Status Standards?

At a time when employers are already hastily reviewing their employee classifications and re-strategizing their HR budget, President Obama has gotten his pen out once again and aimed it toward employers. On March 13, 2014, the President signed a memorandum instructing the Department of Labor to update regulations about who qualifies for overtime pay. He has set his site on the most common overtime exemption status the “white collar” exemption. This exemption is applicable to your administrative, executive and professional level, outside sales and computer professionals. The President wants the DOL to raise the threshold level for the salary-basis test of the white-collar exemption from the current $455 per week in order to account for inflation. This is the first overhaul in ten years and the threshold has been only been raised twice in the past 40 years.

Premium Credits for Non-Exchange Coverage

Compliance Blog
Premium Credits for Non-Exchange Coverage

In general, individuals who may benefit from this latest relief are those who are eligible for federal subsidies and who attempted to enroll in Exchange coverage during the initial open enrollment period (October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014) but did not receive a timely eligibility determination and either:
•have not had any health coverage continuously since January 1, 2014; or.
•enrolled in a qualified health plan outside of an Exchange.

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