Highlights include credit unions targeted in a spear phishing campaign, email fraud on the rise, U.S. companies targeted through LinkedIn, and more.
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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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Serving on a board can be rewarding, but it also exposes your personal wealth and assets to potential risk, since board members can be personally liable for the actions (or inactions) of the boards upon which they sit.
Make sure your 2019 employee benefits strategy is aligned with your organization’s long-term goals. Strategic planning can help manage costs while increasing efficiency and productivity in a complex business climate.
The answer to that question can change from month to month, but here is some insight into what is happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) right now. In this article, we will discuss the individual shared responsibility mandate penalty, the employer shared responsibility mandate, the ACA benefit mandates, the PCORI fees, and the final health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) regulations.
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:
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