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August 4, 2006
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Mixed Views on Impact of Authorized Generics
Excerpt: "Two competing groups disagree about the effect authorized generics will have on drug prices. An authorized generic is a brand drugmaker's product repackaged and marketed under a different name through a subsidiary or third party. A new analysis from the Generic Pharma.ceutical Association shows authorized generics are causing a decrease in the number of companies competing to produce pharma.ceuticals and reducing access to cheaper drugs." (BenefitNews Connect)

Top Five Illnesses Responsible for Disability Leave
Excerpt: "Nearly half of short-term disability (STD) claims are linked to heart conditions, trauma, cancer, mental disorders and pulmonary conditions, according to a recent MetLife study." (BenefitNews Connect)

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Offset for VA Benefits
Excerpt: "In High v. E-Systems, Inc. Long Term Disability Income and Death Benefit Plan, 2006 WL 2167224 (5th Cir. August 3, 2006), an ERISA disability case released yesterday by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the claimant challenged the plan's right to offset his ERISA benefits by the amount of VA benefits he was receiving." (erisa on the web; posted by John Wood)

Advance Warning: Tool Aids Employers in Gauging Likelihood of Hospitalizations Among Workforce
Excerpt: "[P]redictive modeling technology can aid benefit managers in targeting employees vulnerable to developing health problems and providing preventive care. Boston-based vendor DxCG is making a new splash in the predictive modeling space, unveiling, in April, a likelihood of hospitalization (LOH) model." (Employee Benefit News)

Dell Partners with WebMD for Employee e-Health Records
Excerpt: "We want our employees to better understand their benefits and get the right care at the right time at the right place,' said Kathleen Angel . . . ." (IDG News Service via Network World)

Hewitt Federal Legislation Quick Guide Updated as of August 1, 2006, for Health and Welfare Plans (PDF)
22 pages. This Federal Legislation Quick Guide provides short updates on federal legislation that is currently under active consideration by Congress or has recently been enacted into law regarding health and welfare benefit plans. (Hewitt Associates)


Links to Items on Executive Comp, Benefits in General

Overview: SEC Approves Overhaul of Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules
Excerpt: "The final rules will generally be effective for disclosures in proxy statements and annual reports for companies with fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2006. The Form 8-K requirements will be applicable for triggering events that occur 60 days or more after publication of the final rules in the Federal Register." (Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP)

Hewitt Federal Legislation Quick Guide as of August 1, 2006, on Human Resources and Employment Law (PDF)
9 pages. This Federal Legislation Quick Guide provides short updates on federal legislation that is currently under active consideration by Congress or has recently been enacted into law regarding human resources and employment law. (Hewitt Associates)


Newly Posted Events
(Post Yours!)

Advanced Actuarial Conference
in Massachusetts on June 5, 2007
presented by ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries)

Cross-Tested Plan Workshop - Design and Testing
in Ohio on August 23, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Cross-Tested Plan Workshop - Design and Testing
in New York on August 23, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Cross-Tested Plan Workshop - Design and Testing
in Pennsylvania on August 23, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

DOL Speaks: The 2007 Employee Benefits Conference
in District of Columbia on May 24, 2007
presented by ASPPA & DOL

ERISA Workshop
Nationwide on October 3, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Los Angeles Benefits Conference
in California on January 24, 2007
presented by ASPPA & IRS

Minimum Funding under Pension Protection Act of 2006 - The Next Stage of Reform - Webcast
Nationwide on August 15, 2006
presented by Buck Consultants

Northeast Benefits Conference
in Massachusetts on June 7, 2007
presented by ASPPA & IRS

Northeast Benefits Conference
in New York on June 8, 2007
presented by ASPPA & IRS

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans - Design and Administration
in Pennsylvania on August 24, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans - Design and Administration
in New York on August 24, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans Workshop - Design and Administration
in Ohio on August 24, 2006
presented by SunGard Corbel

Western Benefits Conference
in California on July 22, 2007
presented by ASPPA and WP&BC


Newly Posted Press Releases
(Post Yours!)

Passage of Pension Protect Act Virtually Completes Seven-Year Journey
(ERIC (ERISA Industry Committee))

Pension Bill a ‘Mixed Bag’ for Employers, Employees
(American Benefits Council)

Pension Bill Passes Senate with COLI ‘Best Practices’
(American Council of Life Insurers)

Pension Reform Passed By Senate Represents Boost to Americans’ Retirement Security
(American Council of Life Insurers)

Senate Passes Flawed Pension Bill, Allows Cuts In Vested Benefits, Undermines Pension Plans, According to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
(International Brotherhood of Teamsters)

Congress Passes Landmark Pension Reform Legislation
(Multiemployer Pension Plan Coalition)

PPOs Still Get the Lion's Share of the Commercial Market, but HMOs are Holding Their Own
(HealthLeaders-InterStudy)


Newly Posted or Renewed Job Openings
Post a Help Wanted Ad

ERISA Consultant II
for BISYS Retirement Services
in PA

Human Resources-Generalist
for Capital Group Companies
in VA

EB Trust Administrator
for BB&T (Branch Banking and Trust )
in NC

Manager of Administration
for Benetech, Inc.
in CA

Retirement Plan Administrator
for PlanTech, LLP
in AL

401(k) Plan Administrator / Account Manager
for Oak Brook-based Administrator/Recordkeeper
in IL

Senior Executive Benefits Analyst
for CenterPoint Energy
in TX

Pension Manager
for Comcast Cable
in PA

Benefits Financial Specialist
for Aerojet - Sacramento
in CA

ERISA Fiduciary Investment Advisor
for Unified Trust Company, N.A.
in KY

Relius Daily Valuation Specialist
for SVA Retirement Plan Services, LLC
in WI




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