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August 25, 2006
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Last Try for California Pension Bill that Aimed to Cut Disability Fraud by State Workers
Excerpt: "This week, a Fair Oaks assemblyman is making a last-ditch attempt to revive one of the bills, which for the first time makes it a crime to lie in a disability pension application. But the prospects even for that modest change appear dim." (The Sacramento Bee; one-time registration required)

Texas Group Pushing for More Data on Health Costs and Quality of Care
Excerpt: "The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health is starting a push to get doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to reveal more about health care costs and quality. The group's effort is part of a national trend toward bringing more transparency to the country's $2 trillion health care market." (The Dallas Morning News via BlueCross BlueShield Association)

Young Workers Lack Concern for Health Insurance
Excerpt: "In its survey of 1,000 employed Americans aged 18 to 25, Aetna, Hartford, found 44% think it's more important to pay their monthly cell phone bill than pay a health benefits premium." (National Underwriter Life & Health; free one-time registration or paid subscription required)

Employers Are at Least Partly to Blame for Worker Weight Gains
Excerpt: "A survey finds that nearly half of the responding employees have gained weight since starting their current jobs. And employers are uniquely positioned to help their workers fight off the health risks associated with obesity -- as well as benefit from reduced health-insurance costs, if they succeed." (Human Resource Executive Online)

Letter to Citizens' Health Care Working Group on Interim Recommendations for Improving Health Care (PDF)
3 pages. Excerpt: "The American Academy of Actuaries' Committee on Federal Health Issues commends the Citizens' Health Care Working Group for its efforts to initiate and engage in the national debate about health care coverage. As the working group finalizes its recommendations to Congress, the Federal Health Committee would like to offer an actuarial perspective on the interim recommendations." (American Academy of Actuaries)

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Domestic Partner Benefits for All Couples?
Excerpt: "One of the first complaints under the state's new g.ay-rights law comes with a surprising twist: A former Honeywell employee is challenging employers' ability to provide domestic-partner benefits to same-sex couples but not unmarried straight partners." (The Seattle Times)

Overview: SEC's New Proxy Statement Rules for Executive Compensation (PDF)
9 pages. Excerpt: "The final rules provide additional guidance on determining when disclosure of target performance levels may be omitted if such disclosure would cause competitive harm for the registrant." (Dechert LLP)

National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in Private Industry in the U.S., March 2006 (PDF)
35 pages. This summary presents NCS benefits data for: Worker characteristics; Establishment characteristics; and, Geographic areas. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Newly Posted Events
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ASPPA's Retirement Plan Fundamentals (RPF) Webcourses
Nationwide on August 11, 2006
presented by ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries)

HSAs: New Rules for Employer Contributions -- A Practical Guide to Comparability and the Cafeteria Plan Exception
Nationwide on August 17, 2006
presented by Employee Benefits Institute of America Inc. (EBIA)

Newly Posted Press Releases
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Labor Department Solicits Nominations for 2007 ERISA Advisory Council
(U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA))

Newly Posted or Renewed Job Openings
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in GA

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for Midwest Benefit Consultants, Ltd.
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