INSURANCE

Discharged for gross misconduct? Then employee isn't entitled to COBRA coverage

05/02/2016
Generally, employers that provide health benefits must offer continuing COBRA coverage whenever an employee resigns or is terminated. But that requirement doesn’t apply if the employee was discharged for gross misconduct.

CBO: Fewer employers to offer health benefits

04/25/2016
For all the talk of the Affordable Care Act’s effect on the health insurance marketplace, employer-provided benefits remain the backbone of the American health insurance system, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Suit advances alleging Dave & Buster's dodged ACA

04/08/2016
A big class-action lawsuit against the Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain has cleared an initial hurdle in federal court.

Workers' comp opt-outs face legal challenge

03/18/2016

Two states, Oklahoma and Texas, let employers opt-out of the traditional workers’ compensation system if they establish credible, alternative arrangements.

Administration proposes revised template for required ACA SBCs

03/05/2016
Seeking to make it easier for employees to understand their health insurance benefits, the Obama administration has proposed a new  summary of  benefits and coverage (SBC) that employers could be required to begin using in 2017.

Smartphones transform the talent acquisition process

03/04/2016
A new tool for recruiters.

SHRM: Surcharges work! Smoking at work reduced

03/03/2016
Forty-five percent of employers that impose health care surcharges on their employees who use tobacco say smoking in the workplace decreased since the policy was implemented, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management survey.

Court: Get tested or pay your own premiums

01/29/2016
It costs so much to provide health insurance for your employees that you may be frustrated when you see some of them engaging in unhealthy behavior that ultimately drives up the premiums you pay.

Employers tackle spiraling prescription benefit costs

01/07/2016
Employers are working hard to rein in prescription drug spending, according to new research by Towers Watson.

Deadlines extended for health insurance forms

01/05/2016

In an act of year-end kindness, the IRS announced in late December that it's extending the time you have to provide employees with Form 1095-C or 1095-B and the time you have to file those forms. The IRS stressed, however, that if you can furnish and file on time, you should still do so.

Unemployment: Workplace threats are grounds to quit

01/04/2016
Employees who report being threatened at work can quit and collect unemployment benefits if their em­­ployer doesn’t act fast to provide a safe workplace. Such a “compelling and necessitous” reason to quit makes the employee eligible.

Obamacare 'Cadillac tax' rolled back until 2020

12/22/2015
The much-maligned “Cadillac tax” on high-value employer-provided health insurance plans has been delayed for two years after President Obama signed a massive budget bill in late December that funds the federal government for the coming year.

Workers' comp reinstatement must fit physical restrictions

12/16/2015
Under workers’ comp rules, people who are injured at work are entitled to reinstatement into open jobs for which they are qualified and which fit any physical restrictions. The penalty for not placing a worker in such a job is one year’s wages.

No unemployment benefits: New duties weren't grounds for quitting

12/16/2015
Employees who quit generally aren’t entitled to unemployment compensation. Unless something occurred that would compel a reasonable worker quit, employees won’t get benefits.

ACA compliance news you can use

12/15/2015
The Affordable Care Act is finally in full swing for all large employers. Let's get caught up to date.
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