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Reinsurance Contribution Form Due November 17

October 28, 2014

On October 24, 2014, federal officials posted the Annual Enrollment and Contributions Submission Form that health insurers and self-funded plan sponsors (employers) will use to make required payments under the Transitional Reinsurance Program. The 2014 report is due no later than November 17, 2014 (normally due November 15, which falls on a ...
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More on the EEOC and Wellness Programs

October 27, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recent litigation against employers over incentives granted to employees participating in wellness programs may be a concern for other employers. Specifically, the EEOC has asserted that the size of the incentive that is lost by employees that refuse to participate could render an ...
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IRS Announces 2015 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

October 23, 2014

On October 23, 2014 the Treasury Department announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and retirement accounts for tax year 2015. The following is a summary of the changes that impact employees: 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plans The elective deferral ...
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Too Many Choices?

October 23, 2014

Some of the earliest investment advice given: “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” Its value is enduring. An investor can minimize the risk of losing money by diversifying the allocation of money into different categories of investments. Even within a single category, an investor can choose investment vehicles, such as mutual funds, ...
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EEOC Challenges Employer Sponsored Wellness Programs Over “Enormous Penalties”

October 20, 2014

Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced litigation against a second employer — Flambeau, Inc., a plastics manufacturer based in Baraboo, Wisconsin — over employer-sponsored wellness program participation incentives granted to employees. The specific issue with Flambeau involves an employee unable to qualify ...

From the Hotline: Developing Workplace Procedures for Avoiding Illness

October 29, 2014

Question: With the latest Ebola scare, we would like to develop a policy and procedure to minimize health risks from employees coming into the office while sick to avoid contagious ailments. Answer: It is a good idea as an organization to implement appropriate safety measures for employees including policies and procedures designed to minimize ...

Ask the Experts: Addressing Employee Concerns Regarding Ebola

October 28, 2014

Question: If employees have concerns regarding the transmission of the Ebola virus from co-workers who have been in the proximity of an affected area, can these employees be absent from work? What type of absence would this be considered? Would these employees be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? Answer: The Centers for ...

From the Hotline: Leave Eligibility Regarding Ebola Concern

October 28, 2014

Question: If employees have concerns regarding the transmission of the Ebola virus from co-workers who have been in the proximity of an affected area, can these employees be absent from work? What type of absence would this be considered? Would these employees be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? Answer: The Centers for ...

From the Hotline: Employer Obligations Regarding Ebola Education

October 27, 2014

Question: What obligations does the employer have to provide regarding training or education about Ebola to employees who travel to foreign countries such as Nigeria? Answer: It is always a good work practice to provide an employee with information about any country that the employee will be visiting for work-related purposes, including ...

From the Hotline: Ebola Concern and Return to Work After Travel

October 24, 2014

Question: What are a company’s concerns, rights, and responsibilities if an employee traveled to an area where there has been an Ebola outbreak and is now back at work? Answer: Employers have a general duty to protect employees from recognized hazards in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires ...

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