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FUTA Taxation of Domestic Partner's Health Coverage
Excerpt: "A domestic partner who is a dependent of an employee under Code § 152 is also a dependent for purposes of the wage exclusion for employer-provided health coverage under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA), a recent IRS Chief Counsel Advice concluded."
(Deloitte via BenefitsLink.com)
Applying Value-Based Insurance Design to Low-Value Health Services
Excerpt: "This paper argues that investments in processes to define low-value care, comparative effectiveness research to identify services that produce harm or marginal clinical benefit, and information technology to implement findings can facilitate applying value-based insurance design to the low-value realm."
Pay-for-Results Health Insurance Promotes the Idea of Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Though it seems like an idea that can be easily attacked as just another scheme to ration care, the reform - called value-based insurance design - couples the Republican principles of market-based incentives and consumer choice with the Democratic reformers' goal of eliminating costly and unnecessary care."
(The Fiscal Times)
The Effect of the Risk of Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care on Economic Preparation for Retirement
Excerpt: "We find that the risk of out-of-pocket health care spending reduces economic preparation for retirement from about 72% of persons in the age range 65-69 to about 63%. However, this relatively modest reduction is quite unequally distributed: about 57% of single persons are adequately prepared when health care spending is not stochastic, but just 44% when it is."
(University of Michigan Retirement Research Center)
Health Insurance and Life Expectancy
Excerpt: "Did you know that Hispanic Americans live longer than non-Hispanic whites? If that doesn't knock your socks off, consider this: American Hispanics are three times as likely to be uninsured as non-Hispanic whites."
(National Center for Policy Analysis)
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Benefits in General; Executive Compensation
In 2010 Employers Should Respond to New Developments for Existing and Future Separation Arrangements
Excerpt: "Among the many tax issues implicated by separation arrangements are two relatively new developments that may require special attention when drafting offer letters, severance plans, release agreements, change in control arrangements and similar separation arrangements. Employers should review their separation arrangements by year-end to address these new developments."
(Perkins Coie LLP)
USERRA Coverage May Be Triggered Prior to Formal Military Orders
Excerpt: "[T]he 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an employee's announcement to his employer that he intended to return to active duty after remaining inactive for multiple years was sufficient to trigger protection under the USERRA."
(Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC)
12-Month Private Industry Compensation Costs Increase 2.0 Percent
Excerpt: "Among occupational groups, compensation cost increases for private industry workers for the 12-month period ending September 2010 ranged from 1.4 percent for service occupations to 2.5 percent for production, transportation, and material moving occupations."
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Employee Ownership Update for November 1, 2010
The DOL has proposed defining ESOP appraisers as fiduciaries, which could cause appraisal fees to skyrocket and in turn cause the number of ESOPs to decrease. Five of the ESOP companies named as winners of the Winning Workplaces award are featured in a video compilation. There is no obligation for unvested restricted stock to have voting or dividend rights. The EBRI has a great retirement planning Web site. The NCEO's issue brief 'Wellness Programs and Employee Ownership' is a best-seller.
(National Center for Employee Ownership)
Webcasts and Conferences
Legal Update 2010
in Michigan on November 17, 2010
International Society of CEBS - West Michigan Chapter
Newly Posted Employee Benefits Jobs
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