• White House proposes new contraception rules post-Hobby Lobby

    August 22, 2014

    The White House Friday proposed two rules in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision earlier this summer that will allow women to receive contraception coverage if an employer refuses to offer it for religious reasons.

  • Fourth Circuit decision spells more uncertainty for retirement plan fiduciaries

    August 14, 2014

    Coming on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dudenhoeffer decision, which eliminated a pro-fiduciary presumption with respect to company stock holdings in qualified retirement plans, the Fourth Circuit issued a decision last week that could cause even more unrest for plan fiduciaries.

  • Play or Pay in 2015 — so many requirements, so little time

    August 6, 2014

    Commentary; 2015 is getting close and the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate (“Play or Pay”) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost here. So what does this mean for your organization?

  • California weighs vision care marketplace

    August 5, 2014

    California lawmakers are currently weighing a legislative proposal that would bring vision care options to qualified individuals and employers through an exchange.

  • Get started now on 401(k) plan changes for 2015

    August 5, 2014

    From fees and features to funds and fiduciaries, there's lots to consider when reviewing your 401(k) plan.

  • IT, data challenges continue for Oregon, Connecticut

    July 31, 2014

    Technical glitches and data-management challenges have dominated HIX headlines at both the state and federal level, with the latest news showing how even the most widely regarded and most vilified state-run operations now share this common thread.

  • ACOs make inroads with employers

    July 30, 2014

    Accountable care organizations promise better alignment of health care provider incentives and patient outcomes. Can ACOs revolutionize employer-sponsored health care?

  • 5 ideas for a positive open enrollment season

    July 23, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers should follow these suggestions from Mercer on ways to make open enrollment 2015 successful for companies and employers alike.

  • NARAB II passes Senate in key advancement

    July 17, 2014

    The bill that would establish a federal clearinghouse for state-by-state broker and agent licensing has successfully passed the U.S. Senate as an amendment to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, known as TRIA. It was previously left off another insurance industry bill at this point in the process.

  • Dangers of social media recruitment: Why benefits managers could be at risk

    July 17, 2014

    Commentary: In today’s ubiquitous social media environment, employers face tremendous risks when utilizing social media as part of the hiring process. Even the most stringent recruitment process can become infiltrated with discriminatory practices, whether it’s intentional or not. Human resources professionals continue to struggle with this.

  • Senators introduce bill to counteract Hobby Lobby decision

    July 10, 2014

    Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Tuesday introduced new legislation to counter the debated Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, which favored religious exemptions to certain contraception methods.

  • 'Aggressive' compliance enforcement a top concern for employers

    July 8, 2014

    As reports of more DOL audits continue to spook benefit advisers into talking compliance with their clients, employers are confirming that they, too, are fearful of federal agencies’ monitoring.

  • Will minimum wage hikes impact employers?

    July 3, 2014

    Over the past two months, minimum wage increases have either been signed into law or enacted in states from coast to coast. With many more locales still considering changes, management and legal authorities recommend employers – of all sizes and industry – revisit their pay structures.

  • Why employers need ADA-compliant policies

    July 2, 2014

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vigorous zeal for employer compliance with the Americans with Disability Act is not showing any signs of letting up. As a result, legal advisers in the labor and employment field recommend that employers of all sizes conduct a thorough review of their policies and accommodations.

  • Industry reacts to Hobby Lobby decision

    July 2, 2014

    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that, as applied to closely held corporations, Obamacare’s contraception mandate requiring employers to provide workers with no-cost access to contraception violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Reaction to the case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., was swift, although most legal experts believe it is not likely to have broad implications for the majority of employer-sponsored health care plans.

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