In partnership with Carlson Dettmann Consulting, LLC, we have released the results of the 2017/2018 “Upper Midwest Annual Wage Increase Survey.”
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Take two actions immediately: 1) Visit the Equifax website to determine if you have been impacted. 2) Take appropriate steps to protect yourself from future cyber attacks.
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Wind. Floods. Rain. Are you covered? As the insurance industry evolves, the definition of what perils are covered by a policy is evolving too. Find out if you’re covered or need to take action to protect yourself.
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The Cadillac Tax is set to go into effect in 2020, after having been delayed by Congress a few years ago. What should employers do now? Estimate your exposure to the Cadillac Tax using reasonable assumptions, look for ways to minimize or delay the exposure, make incremental changes and prioritize large changes where feasible. This can put you in a good position for facing and responding to the Cadillac Tax.
This rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status (RODS) data. The final rule also prohibits certain drivers from operating a CMV without an ELD. The final rule became effective on Feburary. 16, 2016, and full compliance with the rule is expected by December 18, 2017.
Snow days were a highlight of winter when many of us were children, but now winter weather presents a host of difficulties for employers. There are safety concerns, OSHA regulations to comply with, potential liability risks, attendance confusion and pay-related issues. It’s important to be prepared for all scenarios associated with inclement weather before the weather arrives, and to make sure employees are properly informed of all relevant policies and procedures.
Insurance cannot prevent the personal disaster caused by a wildfire, but it can help you recover. There are three areas that you should think about before disaster strikes.
Before the recent legal changes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required employer-sponsored group health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, aside from three exceptions. Changes to one of the exceptions (the religious accommodation process) will impact coverage for some employers. This article explains the scope of the changes and how affected employers should respond.
Three of every four dollars employers spend on health costs are used to treat chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and depression. These same conditions create workforce absenteeism costing U. S. employers $153 billion annually of lost productivity. About 86% of full-time workers are above normal weight or have at least one chronic health condition. Therefore, most of an employer’s health plan costs may be preventable with a strong wellness program.
When was the last time you considered your drug and alcohol testing practices? Now would be a good time to dust them off and determine whether they are legally compliant and consistent with your business objectives. If you do not currently test, but are considering incorporating drug and alcohol testing into your hiring or management practices, be sure you understand the governing laws and consider common mistakes often made by employers.
In a previous article, we discussed what consumers should do in the wake of the breach of data at Equifax. But what about its effects on businesses? Businesses have a significant responsibility to protect their customers’ personally identifiable information (PII). Failure to do so could lead to lawsuits, loss of trust, loss of revenue, and even loss of the business.
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.
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