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Take a Close Look at Your Wellness Program
Excerpt: "Wellness programs may be run in-house or through third-party vendors. Regardless of the structure, the programs are unlikely to provide a return on your investment unless they are effectively communicated to employees and become a part of your company's culture."
(Warner Norcross & Judd LLP)
EBSA Clarification of Required Communication Under Grandfather Rules
Excerpt: "Grandfathered health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) can comply with the required disclosure requirement if they include the model disclosure language whenever a summary of the benefits under the plan is provided to participants and beneficiaries . . . ."
Supreme Court Dismisses First Health Care Law Challenge
Excerpt: "In the case, a federal judge in California has ruled that, at this point, neither an individual nor a business has been harmed by the law's future mandate of insurance purchases, so no one could yet challenge the law."
(The Washington Post; free registration required)
Caregiving Takes Financial, As Well As Emotional, Toll on Families
Excerpt: "Americans significantly underestimate the impact a family member's long-term care needs can have on their own lives, marriages, work commitments, financial stability and future financial security, according to research sponsored by Genworth Financial and conducted by Age Wave and Harris Interactive."
(The Dallas Morning News)
New Jersey Halves Family Leave Tax on Employees
Excerpt: "[T]he program does not need to maintain its 0.12 percent tax rate on taxable wages, so the rate will be cut to 0.06 percent in January. 'Workers will keep more of their hard-earned wages while maintaining the health asset base needed to pay family leave insurance benefits in 2011,' . . . ."
(Journal Publications Inc.)
Workers' Health Insurance Costs for 2011 Include Higher Premiums and Co-Payments
Excerpt: "Because this is the first major open-enrollment period since key provisions of the new health-care law started taking effect, many workers will wonder how much of the plan changes they see is due to the legislation. Not much, say analysts. The law's most market-altering changes - including provisions that may or may not control premiums - don't kick in until 2014."
(The Washington Post; free registration required)
The Paradox of Repealing Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "The Republicans and their allies have spent a lot of time -- and a lot of money -- attacking the Affordable Care Act and promising to undo it. And they have done so with such a fury that almost nobody seemed to notice they are making a pair of arguments that are fundamentally incompatible."
(The New Republic via National Public Radio)
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Reassessing Work/Life Balance
Excerpt: "Widespread layoffs and other job changes associated with the latest recession have caused workers to question career-related sacrifices, including time away from family, less leisure time and fewer self-improvement activities, according to new research from Florida State University."
(Human Resource Executive Online)
GSA Amends Federal Travel Regulations to Include Domestic Partners
Excerpt: "The domestic partners of federal employees, as well as the immediate family of those partners, will now be covered by federal travel regulations . . . for purposes of federal employees' job-related travel or relocations."
(Thompson Publishing Group Inc.)
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