Malware ramps up, hacktivist sentenced, mortgage docs exposed, router hijacking and more.
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For many employers, performance evaluations have become obsolete and for others they still exist, but only as a small part of a much grander process. Unfortunately, the annual performance evaluation by itself seldom provides any benefit, is often dreaded by managers and employees alike, and can be incredibly time consuming.
HIPAA rules require group health plans to provide special enrollment opportunities to certain employees, dependents, and COBRA qualified beneficiaries. Being aware of special enrollment situations is important, along with making sure special enrollment rights are communicated.
Enrolled in a high deductible health plan (HDHP)? There may still be time to maximize your health savings account (HSA) contributions for 2018 — you have until April 15th to make your HSA contributions.
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Introducing our 2019 MarketPulse trend report, where we discuss what our clients and other employers are doing to manage risks, promote employee productivity and morale, reduce costs and improve their organizations as a whole. In this issue, we explore retirement plans featuring target date funds as well as specialty drugs, cyber risk, predictive modeling, workplace well-being, advanced data analytics, the cost of large and often ongoing medical claims, and various emerging trends. In addition to a discussion of each trend, you will find supporting materials at AssociatedBRC.com/MarketPulse.
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Enrolled in a high deductible health plan (HDHP)? There may still be time to maximize your health savings account (HSA) contributions for 2018 — you have until April 15th to make your HSA contributions. Current contributions limits include $6,850 for family and $3,450 for single. Family members (or any other person) may also make contributions on behalf of an eligible individual. High deductible health plan (HDHP) requirements are:
A benefit plan must not discriminate in favor of highly compensated employees (HCEs) and key employees with respect to eligibility, contributions, or benefits. To ensure compliance, all 401(k) plan sponsors should understand the basics of nondiscrimination testing and, considering the complexity of the rules, make sure this critical duty is being done right. Even if a plan sponsor relies on a third-party administrator (TPA) to perform the nondiscrimination testing, the plan sponsor is responsible for the consequences of noncompliance, which could include tax consequences for plan member investments.
Year-end is here and you’re probably thinking about what you want to do with your money. You might be considering charitable contributions, investments in tax-deferred accounts and other options. Here are some tips to consider as you weigh potential tax moves between now and the end of the year.
Frequency and severity of large claims are on the rise as the cost of medications and treatment continues to increase. Large claims are also more likely to be ongoing and have repeated high annual costs. These factors, combined with the elimination of lifetime claim maximums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have created disruption in the normally sleepy stop-loss world.
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In March 2016, Congress established a Cybersecurity Task Force with the directive to determine the state of cybersecurity within the healthcare industry. They published their findings in June of 2017 and they were not good. It should come as no surprise then that healthcare continually ranks as experiencing the highest number of data breaches and cyber-attacks year over year.
The OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy standard, commonly known as lockout/tagout (LOTO), refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Approximately three million workers service equipment and face the risk of injury if LOTO is not properly implemented. According to OSHA, compliance with the LOTO standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.
Perhaps the best analogy for a robo-advisor is the self-driving car: it’s cool and impressive — sometimes even useful — but in many situations the technology can be incompatible or downright dangerous. Robo-advisors can provide useful advice to the small-balance investor who wants to get pointed in the right direction, but if you are beyond this point, proceed with caution.
Each year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases the Top 10 Most Cited Violations of safety and health standards, and in this article series we are discussing violations at the top of the list. This month’s article is about the fourth most frequently cited violation: respiratory protection.
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