Benefits Buzz – July

Benefits Buzz – July What Happens if the ACA Employer Mandate is Repealed? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment to…

HR Brief July

HR Brief July What You Need To Know: House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules The House of Representatives recently passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time off instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40…

Benefits Buzz June 2017

Benefits Buzz June 2017 FINAL_Benefits_Buzz_June_2017   AHCA Passes House The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. The AHCA will move to the Senate for a vote and possible amendments.

HR Brief June 2017

HR Brief June 2017 HR Brief – June 2017   Prevent a PR Crisis from Turning into a PR DisasterFew people ever expect to have to deal with a public relations (PR) crisis until they are in the throes of one. To improve your organization’s ability to handle a PR crisis, plan your response beforehand.…

Live Well, Work Well June 2017

Live Well, Work Well June 2017 Live Well, Work Well – June 2017 National Fireworks Safety Month: June 1 to July 4   Fireworks are a staple at festivities for many Americans during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people do not realize just how dangerous fireworks and sparklers can be—which is a primary reason that…

Live Well, Work Well 2017

Live Well, Work Well 2017 A Breath of Fresh Air Cigarette smoking is a life-threatening habit, decried by every major health organization across the globe. The tobacco epidemic is so pervasive that the World Health Organization (WHO) supports World No Tobacco Day, held annually on May 31. This day is meant to “demonstrate the threats…

HR Brief May 2017

HR Brief May 2017 EEOC to Maintain its Bipartisan Enforcement Plan The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plans to maintain its bipartisan strategic enforcement plan, despite recent White House changes. HR Brief – May 2017

Benefits Buzz May 2017

Benefits Buzz May 2017 ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What? In late March 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Benefits Buzz – May 2017

National Health Observances April 2017

National Health Observances April 2017 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month National Safety Council 800-621-7619 – Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel – Driver Safety: Distractions Alcohol Awareness Month National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. 212-269-7797 April 2017 – Monthly w Contact Info – Alcohol-related Illnesses – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – Substance Abuse

Benefits Bulletin 2nd Quarter 2017

Benefits Bulletin 2nd Quarter 2017 Health Care Literacy Pays Off According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), over 77 million people are considered to have inadequate health literacy, meaning they have difficulty with common health tasks like reading a prescription drug label or making a wise health care decision.…