INSURANCE

Post-ACA, small business still shuns self insurance

07/03/2015
Small businesses are not following the lead of bigger firms by self-insuring their health benefits to avoid the costs of the Affordable Care Act, according to new research by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.

ACA decision reaffirms employer mandate

06/29/2015
The Supreme Court’s June 25 decision in King v. Burwell did more than guarantee that Affordable Care Act subsidies are available to all qualified individuals, regardless of whether they buy health insurance through a state or federal exchange. It also reaffirmed that the ACA’s employer mandate is here to stay.

Temp can't sue both the client and the agency

06/19/2015
Temporary workers who are injured on the job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. But who is on the hook for the workers’ comp claim? The temp agency or its client? According to a recent court ruling, it can’t be both.

Email meant for wife goes to boss, costs unemployment

06/09/2015
Sometimes it’s the little things that sway court decisions. A former em­­ployee of the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities was denied unemployment compensation benefits after department managers demonstrated that he had repeatedly used work computers for personal business.

Supreme Court: King v. Burwell & Obergefell v. Hodges

05/08/2015
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that premium tax credits are available to all qualified individuals, regardless of whether they buy health insurance through a state or federal exchange. The ruling leaves intact the employer free-rider penalties in the 34 states that have not established state exchanges. The case is King v. Burwell, No.  12-114.

House bill would scrap ACA's 'Cadillac tax' on health benefits

05/05/2015
Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans scheduled to go into effect in 2018.

Contesting unemployment? Be sure you have been fair

04/29/2015
Employees discharged for willful misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. Generally, refusing an assignment is willful misconduct. But what it you only fire one and not others who refuse the same assignment?

Recruiting: Which benefits do employers tout to highly skilled candidates?

04/29/2015
More than three-fourths of employers talk up their health benefits when trying to recruit highly skilled job applicants. Fewer tout the value of other benefits.

Study: ACA has little effect on employer health benefits

04/27/2015
Large U.S. employers are keeping health care costs down despite concerns over Affordable Care Act mandates, according to a new report by the ADP Research Institute.

Which employees are eligible for health benefits?

04/21/2015
Most employers follow the lead established by the Affordable Care Act, and offer health insurance benefits to employees who work at least 30 hours per week.

As military-leave season nears, plan now for reservists' absence

04/17/2015
Summer is usually when employees who belong to the National Guard and military Reserves give their two weeks of duty to Uncle Sam. Some military-connected employees may be deployed for longer periods of time. Now is the time to prepare for their absence.

One-third of workers want to rebalance pay, benefits

04/09/2015
Most workers are satisfied with the health benefits they have now, but nearly a third are interested in changing the mix of benefits and wages they receive, according to a new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Can your workers afford out-of-pocket costs?

04/07/2015

For years, employers have tried to keep health insurance premiums down by passing along other costs to employees in the form of higher deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance fees that must be paid out-of-pocket. But now, employee cost-sharing measures may be getting too expensive for many workers to afford.

Employer trade group pushes to privatize workers' comp

04/06/2015
A who’s who of some of the nation’s largest private-sector employers have formed a lobbying group to “advocate for better medical outcomes to injured workers and give employers a choice in how they will manage employee benefits.” Critics say the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation is out to gut workers’ comp laws.

Employers aren't cutting staff to escape ACA mandate

03/30/2015
Only a handful of employers have considered reducing full-time employees’ hours to dodge the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.
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