Employers will continue to value plan liabilities based on interest rates on top-rated corporate bonds for three different segments, averaged over 24 months. Segments refer to when benefits are paid to participants.Read More
The Ford Actions Impacting Retirees Alliance hired a team of lawyers, consultants and accountants to review the proposal Ford made this month, and in a letter to its members, advised against accepting the buyout, the Detroit News reported.
Accountable care organizations require payers—i.e., insurers—and health care providers to better coordinate care for members, especially those with the most medical needs, with the goal of improving cost trends and patient outcomes. Providers typically share in savings reaped from better coordinated care and lower costs, and they must meet and maintain quality standards.
A new study by the Pacific Business Group on Health reveals that most workers don't understand the terminology used by health plans and aren't able to accurately figure out which plan will offer them the most benefits at the least cost.
BayCare Health System of Florida has geared a new retirement savings push toward women after realizing that more than three-quarters of its workforce were female, generic savings seminars were not well attended, and women historically haven't been good savers.
The General Motors Retirees Association, in a June 13 letter addressed to GM CEO Dan Akerson and posted on the organization’s website, says it’s concerned that GM’s plan to shift the pension plan for white-collar retirees to Prudential Insurance Co. of America will eliminate federal insurance of their pension income.Read More
General Motors Corp. CEO Dan Akerson also said he would consider offering a pension buyout to GM's more than 400,000 hourly retirees and dependents as a way to reduce the $134 billion pension obligation on its books, which Akerson said is the largest of any U.S. company. This month, GM said it will offer a buyout to some of its salaried retirees.Read More
Typically, SHRM's conference agenda reflects the economic, political and other realities of the workplace, and this year is no different. Several sessions are scheduled on the topics of health care reform, social media, aging workers and domestic partner benefits.Read More
Easing personal stress is among the goals for adding free or low-cost legal services. One study indicates that workers who do not hire an attorney to help with legal issues are nearly three times as likely to spend five to 10 hours at work dealing with those problems than those who do hire counsel.Read More
Social wellness tools won't do much if you don't establish objectives and a time frame for meeting them, says Jennifer Benz, a San Francisco-based employee wellness communications consultant.Read More