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New Hampshire Law Prohibits Retaliation Based on Flexible Work Schedule Requests

Under a new law in New Hampshire, an employer may not retaliate against an employee solely because he or she requests a flexible work schedule. This law will is effective September 1, 2016. The law does not require an employer to accommodate a flexible work schedule, nor does it create a cause of action for [...]

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Register Today: Seminar on HR Compliance and Influence – September 21st, 2016

We invite you to attend our next seminar on September 21st, 2016. We will have two highly renowned speakers that will provide guidance and insight on the topics of employer compliance and influencing others in the workplace. Please click here to register for the seminar today. Location: Hilton Hotel, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn, MA 01801 [...]

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IRS Issues Opt-out Payment Proposed Rules: Impact on Employer-Sponsored Coverage

The IRS recently issued proposed regulations regarding how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health coverage affordability requirements impact opt-out payments. The main items that employers should take note of include: Opt-out payments made under an unconditional opt-out arrangement will increase an employee’s required contribution Opt-out payments made under a conditional opt-out arrangement are disregarded in determining [...]

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Employee Benefits Infographic: Emergency Room or Urgent Care

As employers look to help reduce health care costs for their organization and their employees, it’s critical to ensure that a multi-channel, internal communication strategy is in place. Employers should look for ways to reach employees with content in a variety of ways — including online, mobile tools, one-on-one meetings, emails, printed materials, and more. [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for August 2016: Zika, Exercise for the Mind, Sports Injuries, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the August 2016 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. The articles within the August 2016 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: Exercising the Body and Brain Zika: Why Men Should Be Concerned Too Avoiding Sports-related Eye Injuries [...]

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New Employee Benefits Video: The Importance of Preventive Care

We’re happy to share the news that the latest video in the “Know Your Benefits” series is now available. This animated video, which runs just over 90 seconds in length, may help your employees to see the importance of seeking preventive health care. It highlights items such as: How preventive care can help prevent medical problems [...]

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Harvard Pilgrim Partners with Doctor on Demand to Offer Telemedicine Services

Effective July 1st, 2016, employers that work with Harvard Pilgrim to provide health insurance to their employees may now further promote the option of using telemedicine to receive health care. Harvard Pilgrim announced that they have partnered with Doctor on Demand, a national telemedicine provider group. Through DOD’s technology, members have the option to see a [...]

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IRS Releases Draft Forms for 2016 ACA Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released 2016 draft forms regarding the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act. While instructions for the 2016 forms have not yet been released (Update: The IRS has released Draft Instructions for the forms as of 8/11/2016), it is advisable for employers to become familiar with the planned [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for July 2016: FDA and E-cigarettes, SPF Claims, Food Labels, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the July 2016 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. The articles within the July 2016 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: FDA Moves to Regulate the Sale of E-cigarettes SPF Claims Fall Short For Many Sunscreens Food [...]

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Happy 4th of July from the CBG Benefits Team

On behalf of the entire team at CBG Benefits, I’d like to wish each and every one of you a Happy 4th of July holiday weekend. I hope that you are able to enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. As an independent full-service employee benefits brokerage firm, we are quite thankful to [...]

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