INSURANCE

Survey: Taxing insurance would raise health costs

06/27/2017
As the Trump administration and Congress negotiate elements of health care and tax reform, a new survey finds that most employers expect higher health insurance costs if the government decides to tax employer-provided insurance.

Despite repeal, employers would keep ACA provisions

06/20/2017
As the Senate continues to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, employers expect to retain many of the ACA’s popular provisions, even if they are not required to by a new law.

Employers boosting benefits to woo talent

06/20/2017
Nearly one-third of organizations increased their overall benefits in the last 12 months in an effort to stand out as employers of choice in today’s competitive recruiting environment.

Interfering with an internal investigation qualifies as misconduct

06/07/2017
Employees terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But what is misconduct?

For unemployment, cursing amounts to misconduct

06/07/2017
Pennsylvania workers can be denied unemployment benefits for willful misconduct. A court just decided cursing counts, even if there’s no specific rule against it.

Rule would let employers drop contraception

06/02/2017
The Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a proposed rule that would strip away the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring most employer-provided health insurance policies to cover contraceptive services. The rule would allow exemptions for any employer holding “religious beliefs or moral convictions” that oppose birth control.

Beware creative workers' comp fraud: The case of the 'sprinkler selfie' injury

05/18/2017
Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.

Collect unemployment during furloughs in Minnesota?

05/17/2017
Q. As a labor cost-cutting measure we are scheduling employees for three weeks on and one week off. We expect to keep this schedule indefinitely. Can employees collect unemployment for the one week they are off?

Personal care industry: Know the unique UC rules

05/17/2017
Under Minnesota’s unemployment compensation laws, when service for a particular patient ends, attendants are only eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if they tell the staffing service they are willing and able to work with another patient. Otherwise, the end of the original assignment doesn’t count as a discharge.

Employee misconduct bars unemployment benefits

05/17/2017
Employees who are terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Just about any breach of an employer’s rules amounts to misconduct.

Your supplemental unemployment comp plan means former employees can't double-dip

05/17/2017
Does your company offer a supplemental unemployment compensation plan to employees? If that plan pays the equivalent of regular weekly wages, then the employee can’t collect additional unemployment compensation payments from the state system.

Employer-provided health costs rising worldwide

05/16/2017
The 2017 Willis Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey found that medical insurers globally are projecting the cost of health care benefits to rise 7.8% this year, an increase from 7.3% in 2016.

Snapshot: Employers most concerned about health care reform

05/16/2017
Employers expect efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will have the most significant impact on their operations.

Benefits mistake creates unemployment comp eligibility

05/10/2017
A worker who claimed her new employer reneged on promised benefits has won her bid to receive unemployment compensation.

Health, retirement perks remain strong draws

04/25/2017
Health insurance remains the employer-provided benefit employees value most, followed by retirement savings.
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