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Economy, Obama Administration Policies Are Top Employer Priorities in 2013: Survey

July 9, 2013
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Employers are focusing on current economic conditions and the policies of the Obama administration this year, according to a survey conducted by law firm Littler Mendelson.
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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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ACA/Health Benefits Surveys: Lack of Communication Intersects with Compliance Confusion

June 17, 2013
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HR practitioners continue to use paper-based methods to communicate health care benefit options and are struggling to understand compliance issues with the Affordable Care Act.
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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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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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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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