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Healthcare reform: Where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what to expect

Changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could still happen but are becoming increasingly unlikely this year. Therefore, employers need to take charge of their health plans and ensure they address rising costs under the current framework. While there are plenty of possible strategies that exist, working with an advisor can ensure you find the best strategy that fits with your culture, is compliant, and does the best job to reduce or mitigate costs.

Best practices for administering benefits during a leave of absence

When an employee takes a leave of absence, many employers struggle to determine the impact the leave will have on employee benefits. Must the employee's benefits continue? Which ones? Who pays? While some employee benefits have mandatory requirements under certain leave laws, many do not. Leave of absence benefit eligibility and administration is something best to consider early and apply consistently.

Update on St. Paul and Minneapolis paid sick and safe time: It’s here to stay, so how do you implement it?

On July 1, 2017, paid sick and safe time leave laws went into effect in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding Minneapolis’ ordinance except as it applied to employers outside of the city limits. If you are a St. Paul or Minneapolis employer, you’ll want to make sure your organization is complying before penalties begin to be assessed.

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