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Stress lawsuit OK’d even after workers’ comp

10/03/2017
The workers’ compensation system is supposed to make it easy for employees who are injured at work to get benefits. They don’t have to sue: If they can prove they were hurt at work, they receive benefits.

When workers’ comp, illegal status collide

09/26/2017
Federal law requires employers to verify that employees are eligible to work in the United States. It’s unlawful to knowingly hire anyone without authorization. But what happens if an employee’s ineligibility is only discovered in the course of investigating a workers’ compensation claim?

Snapshot: How many employers offer health benefits?

09/19/2017
The health insurance “offer rate” for all but the smallest employers increased in 2017.

Diabetes costs employer health plans the most

09/12/2017
Diabetes is the number one condition affecting benefit plan health costs, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Workplace Wellness Trends 2017 Survey.

Big, small employers pay comparable premiums

08/29/2017
A new survey by the United Benefits Advisors consulting firm finds that total premiums—both the employer and employee shares—are slightly lower for companies that have fewer than 100 employees.

Health benefit costs set to rise 5% in 2018

08/29/2017
The average cost of employer-provided health insurance and pharmacy benefits will rise 5% for the fifth consecutive year in 2018, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health, which represents mostly large employers.

Consumer-driven health plans gain participants

08/22/2017
So-called “consumer-driven” health plans with high deductibles are continuing to gain market share in the United States, and are having the intended effect of making people more involved in their own health care.

Doubt cast on spousal benefits for same-sex couples

08/03/2017
The Texas Supreme Court on June 30 threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits.

3 things for HR to do amid health care reform turmoil

07/25/2017
If it’s Monday, there must be a new plan afoot to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Snapshot: Employers expanding their benefits

07/17/2017
Overall, 32% of employers increased their benefits offerings in the last year. They were most likely to offer better wellness and health benefits.