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After Mental Health Absence, Some Face Stigma
Formal return-to-work policies help following employee absences for treatment for behavioral issues.


The DOL's Model FMLA Forms Expired. Now What?
It’s anyone’s guess as to when new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms will be issued. In the meantime, continue using the expired forms.

Unlimited Vacationland
Is unlimited time off a benefit or a boondoggle—and for whom?

Health Care Plan Changes Ahead—Infographic
Organizations expect to make these changes to their health care plans in 2015.

IRS Issues ‘Cadillac’ Excise Tax Guidance
Pretax employee health savings account contributions would be subject to the 40 percent excise tax on high-value health plans starting in 2018, a new IRS notice states.

FSA ‘Grace Period’ Ends March 15
For flexible spending account plans with this extension option, it’s a good time to remind participants that the spending deadline looms.

Fiduciary Rule Under Review
A revised proposed fiduciary standard for those advising retirement plan participants, expected later this year, remains contentious.

FMLA Definition of ‘Spouse’ Revised
A revision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations’ definition of “spouse” extends FMLA rights to eligible workers in same-sex marriages in every state.

ACA Reporting Forms Weren’t Streamlined
Newly released IRS reporting forms for Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance failed to simplify employers’ data collection burdens, critics charged.

Progress Tamping Down 401(k) Loans, Withdrawals
Plan sponsors with above-average loan rates should consider offering household budgeting advice.

Medical Cost Increases Projected to Dip Slightly in 2015
The average cost increase for employer health plans will dip slightly in 2015 but continue to exceed general inflation.


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