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Paid Sick Leave: Solving a Health Issue or Another Burden on Employers?

June 4, 2013
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New York is the latest to approve a paid-sick-leave measure, although opponents say such laws raise business costs, which could prevent them from hiring new workers or even trigger layoffs.
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Feds Set Guidelines for Health Reform Wellness Plans

May 30, 2013
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Under the new rules, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, employers must provide “reasonable alternatives” to employees who can’t meet those goals but still want the discount or reward.
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Explaining the Exchanges to Employees Won't Be Easy

May 17, 2013
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Between the growing number of companies expected to introduce a private exchange later this year and the state-run health insurance exchanges that open for business on Jan. 1, 2014, employee communication will be critical in the coming months, benefits experts say.
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The Affordable Care Act: Executives Take Note

May 13, 2013
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As the clock ticks toward 2014, it seems that there is more to the health care reform law than I realized. There's an anti-discrimination provision in the act that could trigger up to a $500,000 fine for a company if a C-suiter, for instance, gets better or even free health benefits that others don't.
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May 9, 2013
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Learn from two industry experts how offering voluntary benefits is helping organizations retain top talent, increase employee satisfaction and loyalty and positively impact their company’s bottom line. These two new white papers are available now!
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Employee Health Incentives: Myth or Miracle?

May 8, 2013
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The Affordable Care Act will encourage employers to expand incentive programs like cash and games. Some studies back their efficacy. Yet some experts claim incentives undermine personal responsibility rather than encourage it.
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Employees Opening Health Savings Accounts in Record Numbers

May 6, 2013
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With 2014 contribution limits just released and more employers making high-deductible health plans their sole health benefit option, HSAs will continue to grow.
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Small Business Bakes Wellness Into Its Workforce

May 2, 2013
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Many small businesses are wondering how to have an impact on employee health and productivity. One Oregon company is now teaching its employees tips for healthy eating and offering discounts on local fresh produce.
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Lack of Vision, Dental Benefits Could Be Shortsighted

April 11, 2013
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To enrich the information we provide in our Hot List, Workforce will be adding reports on the industries covered in the list. In this first installment, we look at vision and dental plans.
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Get Well Soon? Wellness Programs May Help Decrease Health Costs, Survey Shows

April 10, 2013
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Employers who focus on providing preventive care rather than basic health care for immediate medical needs may end up with happier, more productive employees as well as a healthier bottom line, according to a study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
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