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How to Keep Political Discussion Civil at Work

Political discussion has and will continue to be a reality in many work environments. Work can already be a stressful place for many, with political discussion adding an additional stressor for employees—and in many cases, an additional concern for employers. While disagreement in and of itself isn’t always a detriment to all workplaces, political discussion …

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Affordability Percentages under the ACA Will Increase for 2021

On July 21, 2020, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2021 for determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2021, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed: 83% of …

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2021 Benefits Planning and COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wage on, its effects on benefits planning for next year are being felt—especially as open enrollment season approaches. According to Mercer’s Global Survey #5, 20% of employers surveyed said updating benefits programs to better meet employee needs was an HR area in which companies are seeing an increased need …

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FMLA and Workers’ Compensation: 4 Common Questions Answered

An employee’s workers’ compensation absence may be due to an on-the-job injury or illness that also qualifies as a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this scenario, the workers’ compensation absence may be counted against an employee’s FMLA leave entitlement if the employer properly notifies the employee that the …

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5 Employee Wellness Trends to Watch in 2020

As we start a new year, how are you feeling? This is an important question to consider since wellness will continue to be a huge factor for companies in 2020. Wellness is a hotly debated topic, but it’s certainly not going anywhere in the coming year. In fact, 76% of employees think their workplace has …

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Cyber Liability and HIPAA: If A Data Breach Occurs

As health care institutions began storing larger volumes of private health data digitally, the need to protect this sensitive data from loss or theft grew. To address this risk, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and Security Rule in August 1996. The Privacy Rule standards address the use …

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The 5 Ways the ACA is Changing this Year

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. Many of these key reforms became effective in 2014 and 2015, including health plan design changes, increased wellness program incentives and the employer shared responsibility penalties. Certain changes to some ACA requirements …

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