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No Joke: Stand-Up Comedy Training for Employees Can Improve Workplace Culture

January 16, 2013
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Infusing comedy into workplace culture has the potential to improve employee communication skills, build a tight-knit team of employees and lower turnover rate.
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HHS Proposes Rules to Verify Health Care Premium Subsidy Eligibility

January 15, 2013
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Under the proposed rule, administrators of state and federal insurance exchanges must verify whether applicants seeking tax credits to buy health care coverage through an exchange are enrolled or eligible for qualifying coverage in an employer-sponsored health care plan.
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Ford to Add 2,200 U.S. Salaried Workers This Year

January 11, 2013
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The hiring surge is the largest increase in salaried workers in more than a decade, the company said in a written statement.
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Tobacco Cessation Report Lights Up Coverage Gaps, Confusing Language

January 11, 2013
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Researchers found 'significant variation in how private health insurance coverage works for tobacco cessation treatment' when analyzing 39 insurance contracts in six states.
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Higher Financial Penalties Proposed for Uninsured Massachusetts Residents

January 11, 2013
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In 2012, the maximum penalty for non-compliance was $105 a month, or $1,260 a year. The maximum penalty this year for those with incomes that exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level will be $106 for each month that an individual is not covered by health insurance, or $1,272 a year.
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Certifications Aid Navigation of the Affordable Care Act Maze

January 11, 2013
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Finding a qualified partner in the employee benefits industry can help companies adjust to the ACA regulatory landscape. Accreditations are enhancing their knowledge.
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Massachusetts Bill Would End Employer Penalty for Not Offering Health Plan

January 10, 2013
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Under the governor's plan, the current annual assessment—known as the Fair Share contribution—of $295 per employee on employers not offering coverage would end on June 30.
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January 10, 2013
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Narcotic Pain Drugs Remain Atop List of Workers' Comp Insurer Concerns

January 9, 2013
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Concern over the long-term implications of prescribing narcotic pain medications to injured workers has grown during the past two years.
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