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Employee passed on second-chance offer? That may rule out unemployment benefits

Sending an employee home following a dispute or workplace error with instructions to think about the event doesn’t count as a discharge—it’s a second chance. Failing to return to work afterward then becomes a resignation, thus disqualifying the employee from receiving unemployment benefits.

Snapshot: Uninsured rate is rising again

The percentage of working age Americans without health insurance is the highest it has been since 2013.

3 states require individual mandate reporting

Some states have initiated their own individual mandates—which require most residents to have health coverage—in an effort to stabilize shaky state insurance markets.

Texas Supreme Court: FMLA leave doesn’t bar unemployment

The Texas Supreme Court has decided someone on unpaid FMLA leave may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Snapshot: CDHPs’ volatile growth, 2014 – 18

The percentage of employers offering consumer-directed health plans fluctuates dramatically.

Health and wellness perks help attract and retain staff

Employers are responding to today’s tight job market by offering better health and wellness benefits, according to new research released by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Noncompete violation means no unemployment

When an employee is fired for violating the terms of a noncompete, he won’t receive unemployment compensation because he committed willful act of wrongdoing, which bars benefits. It doesn’t matter if the employee’s supervisor was involved in the breach.

New association health plans offer insurance options for small employers, with some caveats

Critics panned the June 19 announcement, calling association plans an attempt to undercut ACA protections.

IRS issues 2019 limits for HSAs, high-deductible health plans

The Internal Revenue Service has announced 2019 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans.

Injured at company softball: Does he get workers’ comp?

Advice: Draw a clear line between the activity and your organization’s involvement.
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