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Employers Get a Little Breathing Room With Postponement of Employer Mandate

July 3, 2013
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A lack of guidance from the federal agencies responsible for implementing health care reform has been a chief complaint among employers.
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Age Becoming an Issue With Health Care Benefits, Study Shows

July 3, 2013
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Employers review their coverage options as they note younger workers are opting out of health plans while the number of older employees climbs.
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Mercer Offers Tips on Prepping for the Affordable Care Act

June 3, 2013
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Consultants offer the top 10 ways employers can prioritize and manage the impending Affordable Care Act requirements starting immediately.
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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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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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Nicotine Screenings Snuff Out Some Employment Offers at Health Care Companies

April 30, 2013
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Health care providers, which see their employees as 'role models and advisers to patients,' are among the organizations requiring tobacco testing for new hires.
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All In Favor of Improving Maternity Leave Policies?

April 15, 2013
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At a time when businesses are expecting more from their employees than ever before, I feel a little reciprocity is in order. Companies could simply go beyond the pregnancy discrimination laws and FMLA leave policies and give their employees longer and compensated maternity leave.
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