HealthLeaders FactFile – Specialty Pharmacy Trends

HealthLeaders FactFile – Specialty Pharmacy Trends  The pharmacy benefit landscape today is complex and rapidly changing. One of the most significant drivers of pharmacy cost increases is the continued introduction of new specialty drugs into the marketplace. Worrisome trends, such as patent exclusivity, lack of high-quality alternatives, and lack of price regulation are making it…

HR Insights – Fair Employee Compensation

HR Insights – Fair Employee Compensation  Providing nondiscriminatory, fair employee compensation is a top concern for employers across the country. Because HR specializes in areas like recruiting and compensation packages, they are in the best position to determine appropriate compensation plans, make acceptable initial salary offers, establish guidelines for merit increases, suggest pay audits, and,…

HR Insights – 10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses

HR Insights – 10 EEOC Tips for Small Businesses  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1964 to eradicate discrimination in employment. The Commission enforces various statutes that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, retaliation, age, and disability or protected…

Benefits Buzz – October

Get Ready for ACA Reporting Deadlines Last year, employers had extra time to complete their Section 6055 and 6056 reporting, thanks to transition relief from the IRS. This year, it’s unlikely that the IRS will provide any relief from the normal deadlines. This means that employers will need to act quickly in order to distribute…

Benefits Bulletin – 4th Quarter 2016

DOL Increases Penalties for Health Plan Violations The DOL recently issued an interim final rule that increases the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to account for inflation. The interim final rule increases the civil penalty amounts associated with: benefits-bulletin-4th-quarter-2016

HR Brief – October

Overtime and the FMLA Leave Entitlement The complexity of administering leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) should not be underestimated. This can be particularly true when calculating leave entitlement and usage for an employee who is using FMLA on an intermittent or reduced schedule basis. hr-brief-october-2016

Live Well, Work Well – October

Halloween Safety Tips For some Americans, Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays. Unfortunately, it can also be rather dangerous. Use the following suggestions to help keep your child safe this year. Costume Safety Tips  Choose fire-resistant costumes, wigs and accessories.  Avoid potentially dangerous props, like hard swords.  Opt for non-toxic…

FSLA Overtime Rule Risk Scorecard

FSLA Overtime Rule Risk Scorecard On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule that will more that double the salary threshold that employees must meet in order to qualify for an over wage payment exemption… FLSA Overtime Rule Risk Scorecard