HR Brief February 2015

DOJ to Allow Claims Based on Gender Identity Discrimination On Dec. 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released an opinion allowing a worker to file a discrimination claim based on the individual’s gender identity, including transgender status. February HR Brief

Benefits Buzz February 2015

New Regulations Proposed for Summary of Benefits and Coverage On Dec. 22, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury (Departments) released proposed regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage (SBC). The proposed regulations would amend the final SBC regulations from Feb. 14, 2012. Benefits Buzz – Feb 2015

Know Your Benefits – January

Moving From a Standard Plan to an HDHP There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all health plan. Everyone has different health insurance needs depending on their health care requirements along with those of their dependents. While some prefer standard deductible health insurance (often called a PPO health insurance plan), people are increasingly switching to…

January 2015 National Health Observances

National Health Observances 2015 Source: 2015 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, U.S. Dept. of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Website: www.healthfinders.gov. Please note: Only the most popular observances are listed. There may be more observances in a given month. Educational materials given as examples are not intended to be exhaustive Design © 2015…

Benefits Buzz – January 2015

HHS Issues Proposed Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 On Nov. 21, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Proposed Rule, which contains several proposed changes for 2016. Among these changes are adjustments to the reinsurance program’s annual contribution rate, the Health Insurance Marketplace…

Benefits Bulletin Quarter 1 – 2015

Agencies Prohibit All Employer Reimbursement of Individual Premiums Due to the rising costs of providing group health insurance, some employers have considered helping employees pay for individual health coverage instead of offering an employer-sponsored group plan. However, these employer reimbursement arrangements do not comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Benefits Bulletin Q1 2015

Live Well, Work Well – December

Wintertime Workouts Whether you’re in full-out hibernation mode or stressed out and busy from the holidays, your exercise routine might be one of the first casualties of the season. However, continuing your workouts throughout winter will help you stay energetic and healthy during the colder months of the year, and exercise might enable you to…

HR Brief – December

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Same-sex Marriage Bans On Nov. 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, determining that the issue should be decided by the regular political process in each state. HR Brief