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Employer Health Care Reform Law Communication Mandate Delayed

November 18, 2011
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The proposed rules would require employers to provide employees with an 'easy-to-understand' summary of benefits and coverage and, upon request, a glossary of commonly used health care coverage terms, such as deductible and copay.
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OSHA Issues Safety Guidelines for Black Friday Retailers

November 18, 2011
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In a tip sheet posted Nov. 17, OSHA said workplace injuries during jam-packed holiday sales have increased, and cited the 2008 death of an employee trampled by Black Friday shoppers.
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Analysis Notes More Large Employers Freeze Defined Benefit Plans

November 17, 2011
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In 2004, as the corporate drive to freeze defined benefit plans was picking up momentum, only 45, or 7.1 percent of 633 Fortune 1000 companies with defined benefit plans, had frozen at least one plan, reports consultancy Towers Watson.
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San Diego Public Employee Pension System Reform Going to Popular Vote in 2012

November 9, 2011
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The proposal would see traditional pension benefits for all new city hires—excluding police—eliminated in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement plan.
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Wellness Programs Adapted for Workers' Comp

November 3, 2011
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One consultant adds that employers also should optimize employee use of established wellness offerings, such as weight-loss or smoking-cessation programs that otherwise may be underutilized.
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Heightened Awareness of Benefits Plays Pivotal Role in Employee Experience

October 26, 2011
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Employers spend a great deal of time and money trying to educate employees about their benefit options, but do employees most understand and use them effectively? Here are some of the do's and don'ts of benefits communications.
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2012: It's Either the Year of Retaliation or Professionalism and Courage

October 24, 2011
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The most effective ‘anti-retaliation' approach is to make ‘surfacing and listening openly to problems' an element of operational excellence and daily behavior, vital to the company's core values, best leadership practices and success.
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Analysis Shows Most Employers Restore 401(k) Match

October 20, 2011
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The suspensions occurred from January 2008 through January 2010, though most occurred during the first half of 2009, which was the peak of the Great Recession, according to research by Towers Watson.
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Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party and You

October 18, 2011
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To their credit, Americans of different political stripes are not sitting passively in the face of economic problems. They are speaking up and fighting back. And that has implications for employers.
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Bill Requiring Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in California

October 12, 2011
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If the autism coverage mandate laid down by the California measure is not included in what federal regulators decide is essential benefits, the mandate automatically will expire.
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