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EEOC Readies Wellness Incentives Rule
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and employers have been at loggerheads over financial incentives in wellness programs. The confusion may be heading toward some clarity, with proposed regulations to be issued shortly.

Some Employers Cutting Part-Timers’ Hours, SHRM Finds
A meaningful number of U.S. employers have reduced the total number of their part-time employees’ weekly hours due to the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, a SHRM survey reveals.

ACA Still a Flashpoint at Year Five
Five years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, critics and champions see starkly different results. Employers cite compliance hurdles, while advocates claim better employee coverage.

ACA Is Neither Poison nor Panacea
Many ACA compliance challenges remain, including preparing for employer reporting responsibilities and planning the compliance budget for legal and HR over the next few years.

Communicating and Leveraging Benefits’ Value
A competitive market for highly skilled talent may lead organizations to focus on their benefits as a retention tool. But benefits are not valued without good communications.

Flexibility Granted for Annual 401(k) Fee Disclosure
The Department of Labor announced a new two-month grace period for plan sponsors to provide annual 401(k) fee disclosures to plan participants, intended to help plan administrators avoid unnecessary costs and burdens.

‘Integrated’ Well-Being Initiatives Yield Healthy Results
An innovative approach to well-being goes beyond an employee’s physical health and includes initiatives such as financial literacy tools, child-care and elder-care assistance programs and resources for stress and time management.

ACA Employer Reporting Requires Coordinated Effort
HR and payroll need to work together closer than they historically have to ensure compliance with Affordable Care Act reporting requirements.

Employers Alter Health Benefits
Health benefit costs are projected to increase 5.2 percent in 2015 without plan design changes and 4 percent with changes such as scaling back spousal coverage.

Guidance on E-Cigarettes in the Workplace
Health advocates advise organizations to adjust their tobacco-cessation policies and programs to include the rapid growth of e-cigarettes.

Metrics Beyond ROI Capture Wellness Outcomes
Ways other than financial return on investment should be used to evaluate whether a worksite wellness program is working.

Businesses Cite Benefits Burden in Marriage Case
The employers’ brief in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court highlights the added cost and administrative burden of treating same-sex spouse benefits unequally.

What’s Affordable Health Insurance Under the ACA?
Deciding which Affordable Care Act safe harbor to use for calculating affordability depends on an employer’s circumstances.

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


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