(If this message looks garbled to you or if the headlines in this message don't connect you to Web pages when you click on them, please request the "plain text" version of this newsletter (Welfare Plans Edition) by emailing your request to publisher Dave Baker at davebaker@benefitslink.com)
The BenefitsLink Newsletter -
Welfare Plans Edition


Today's sponsor is EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com
Please support our advertisers
(Would your company like to sponsor an issue?)

June 27, 2000

Bill Clarifies Church Plans Status
Excerpt: "Legislation approved by the House Monday clarifies the legal status of church-based health care and pension plans, ending the uncertainty that has discouraged some health insurance companies from doing business with church plans." (Associated Press, via Yahoo! News)

Opinion: Medical Costs, Hippocratic Oath Collide
Excerpt: "Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that may be comforting to health maintenance organizations, or HMOs. However, the opinion offers little comfort to the ill and injured patients who depend on HMOs and the doctors they employ." (Martin B. Paskind in the Albuquerque Journal)

OPM Final Rule Allows Federal Employees To Use Sick Leave For Family Illness
Excerpt: "The Federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a final rule allowing federal employees to take accrued paid sick leave for up to 12 weeks each year to care for a seriously ill family member." (Spencernet)

North Carolina Companies Extend Benefits to Same-Sex, Live-in Partners
Excerpt: "The merger of NationsBank and BankAmerica gave all employees access to the company's domestic-partners benefits. Before the merger, the unmarried partners of employees of NationsBank, based in Charlotte, did not receive benefits. Now, Bank of America employees can sign up for health, vision and dental benefits for same- and opposite-sex partners, as well as their partners' children ..." (Knight-Ridder / Tribune Business News)

Providing Personal Planners as Perks: Concierges to Serve Workers
Excerpt: "As large and medium-sized companies compete to attract and retain the best employees, they are paying more attention to their corporate cultures. Some are turning to concierge services ..." (San Jose Mercury News)

Survey Results: The Many Faces of Educational Benefits
Excerpt: "In January 2000, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) surveyed a random sample of corporate members. The survey instrument was designed to take an in-depth look at employer-provided educational benefit programs and to analyze differences across employer characteristics (e.g., employer size and industry)." (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans)

New Fringe Benefit: Errand Portals Let You Shop at Work
Excerpt: "The latest answer to attracting and retaining quality workers? A Web site where they can do everything from check stock quotes to plan family reunions and birthdays." (ZDNet.com)

Firms with Better Benefits Have More Profitable Results
Excerpt: "Two new studies show companies with good human resource programs in place are more profitable and can better attract and retain good workers." (Thanks to Tim Younkin for recommending the link!) (Business First)

6/22/2000 Legislative Update on Benefits for Federal Employees
Excerpt: "Here's a look at pending bills that affect federal pay and benefits." (GovExec.com)

Green Party Endorses Single-Payer National Healthcare System
Excerpt: "A single-insurer system funded by the federal government and administered at the state and local levels remains viable and is an essential barometer of our national health and well-being." (Physicians for a National Health Program)

Add Employee Benefits Topical Headlines to Your Company's Web Site, Free
Would your company like to include employee benefits headlines on its Web site, gathered every day for you by BenefitsLink at no charge? Using a simple coding process called "frames," you can add a free page of linked headlines to your site about any one or more of the topics covered by BenefitsLink. (BenefitsLink)

Mapping of Human Genome Raises Serious Issues For Individual vs. Corporate Rights
Excerpt: "Today's announcement of the mapping of the human genome by a private corporation and a public consortium should be met with suspicion as well as hope. The corporate bid to own and control information about the human genetic code is an omen of the next great struggle facing humanity." (Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights)


Subscribe to the Retirement Plans Edition, too (click)
Copyright 2000 BenefitsLink.com, Inc.

Feel free to forward this email to friends, colleagues or clients, if no fee is paid to you and the email is forwarded in its entirety. Thanks!

BenefitsLink is a trademark of BenefitsLink.com, Inc., published by Dave Baker with much help from Mary Hall and lots of friends.

To subscribe (free): visit https://benefitslink.com/newsletter - or the person desiring to subscribe can send an email to listmanager@postmastergeneral.com, with this as the subject of the email: subscribe BLwelfare

We have an online archive of prior issues at
http://www.postmastergeneral.com/cgi-bin/archive.pl?list=BLwelfare
BenefitsLink logo
DEPARTMENTS
BENEFITS SPEAKERS
Looking for a speaker for your benefits group? Want to throw your hat into the ring? Free.
_____________

BENEFITS CANDIDATES
Need personnel? It's like fishing in a barrel here.
_____________

BENEFITS JOBS
Need a benefits job? Sort the openings by their distance away from you.
_____________

BENEFITSBOARDS.NET
Exchange questions and tips with colleagues. Co-sponsored by us and several employee benefits organizations.
_____________

PROGRESSIONS
Promotions and new personnel in the employee benefits community.
_____________

Q&A COLUMNS
Experts field questions online, submitted by readers via email.
_____________

CONFERENCES
View by location, by sponsoring organization, or by date.
_____________

SOFTWARE
Largest listing of benefits software on the net: descriptions, downloads.
_____________

ADVERTISE
Ads are our sole source of support. No subscription fees!
_____________

CONTACT US
Questions?
Comments?
Suggestions?


Copyright 2000 BenefitsLink.com, Inc. All rights reserved. BenefitsLink is a trademark of BenefitsLink.com, Inc.