Know about discriminatory practices to avoid. Federal employment discrimination law does not prohibit employers from requesting or obtaining criminal history information about applicants and employees. However, an employer’s use of such information could result in a claim of discrimination.
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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.
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Malware ramps up, hacktivist sentenced, mortgage docs exposed, router hijacking and more.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t come with guarantees, and there is always the possibility of a premature death or a permanent disability, either from accidental or natural causes. That calls for contingency planning to make sure that you or your family receive a realistic value for the equity stake you have in your business in the event of the unexpected.
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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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules require group health plans to provide special enrollment opportunities to certain employees, dependents, and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) qualified beneficiaries. Being aware of special enrollment situations is important, along with making sure special enrollment rights are communicated.
According to the Federal Reserve, 44 million Americans owe a staggering $1.56 trillion in student loans, and the average incoming college-educated worker has over $37,000 in student debt (a $20,000 increase from just 10 years ago). As a result, the average college grad will take over 21 years to pay off their student loan debt making minimum payments. Many of the negative effects of overwhelming student debt include delaying the decision to buy a house or start a family, save for retirement, or just cause a tremendous amount of financial stress.
March 2, 2019 is the deadline for employers with calendar year plans to disclose to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the coverage they offer to Medicare eligible individuals is “creditable prescription coverage.” While the disclosure is voluntary, failing to disclose or properly notify Medicare eligible individuals can lead to an employee relations headache.
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:
For decades, rising healthcare costs have been a consistent topic of conversation, particularly for employers concerned with enhancing worker productivity, reducing medical costs and meeting occupational health and safety needs. One solution which has arisen with increasing frequency is the establishment of employer-sponsored clinics (or “onsite/near-site” clinics). With this solution, however, comes many considerations and challenges for employers.
During the November 2018 elections, several states approved the usage of medical marijuana. Numerous other states allow access to products with cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from the cannabis plant, but with low to no THC content (the psychoactive component). As medical practitioners start prescribing it more often for a variety of maladies, cannabis (or some form of it) will become present in the workplace. The next question employers will ask: Can we cover it under our health plans?
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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