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Employers Adjust Health Benefits for 2015
Employers' cost will rise 6.5 percent next year without plan changes, but can be held to 5 percent by emphasizing consumer-directed plans, increasing spousal surcharges and controlling specialty drug costs, among other steps.

‘Google’ Missing Plan Participants, DOL Says
Start searching for those who've left funds in a  401(k) by using free Internet search tools, the Department of Labor (DOL) advises.

Consumer-Directed Satisfaction Gap Slims
Who’s happier with their health plan—those in traditional managed care plans, or those in consumer-driven and high-deductible plans?

Workers Forgo 401(k) Advice
While many plan participants believe they would likely benefit from personalized advice, relatively few are actually taking advantage of this resource when it’s offered.

Mailing of FMLA Notices Insufficient, Court Rules
An appellate ruling could require employers to prove they provided required Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to employees by a traceable means rather than first-class mail.

Managers Surprised by FMLA's Breadth
Supervisors often think the Family and Medical Leave Act only comes into play when an employee takes maternity leave or has a debilitating illness requiring an extended hospital stay.

Narrow Networks Entice Health Plan Sponsors
Smaller networks of high-quality care providers are increasingly being used to improve health outcomes and lower costs. But employees may push back.

Solving the EAP Under-Use Puzzle
Employee assistance programs (EAPs) help deal with life’s difficulties. The key challenge is getting employees to use these services when they need them.

Tax Corrections for Same-Sex Spouses
The IRS provides guidance for employees who had the value of a same-sex spouse’s health coverage reported as taxable on their Form W-2s.


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