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Pay or Play: Who Qualifies as a Dependent?

As implementation of health care reform moves forward, companies must take steps to determine if they’ll be subject to the “pay or play” penalties (also known as the “employer shared responsibility payment“). The IRS has recently published proposed rules that provide guidance on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) defines “dependents”. This is critical to understand, because [...]

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How Knowledgeable Are Employees About Their Benefits?

As a Human Resources director, it’s very important to educate your employees about the current benefits that are offered to them. One way that we recommend doing this is by producing Total Compensation Statements. However, how can an employer know if their employees truly understand their benefits? Here are 4 ways to conduct that research: Employee Surveys: Creating [...]

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5 Standards for Health-Contingent Wellness Programs

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves forward, guidance is being provided on how Workplace Wellness Programs will be impacted. Two of the major changes that the ACA is bringing in this regard are: Codifying the HIPAA requirements for health-contingent wellness programs Increasing the maximum reward that can be offered to participants Here [...]

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3 Keys to Success: Consumer-Directed Health Plans

With enrollment in consumer-directed health plans (CDHP) continuing to rise — according to various reports, enrollment has more than doubled since 2008 — it’s important that the companies offering these plans take steps to ensure they will succeed. Below are three areas where companies need to strategically take action. Increase Educational Efforts One of the key [...]

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FMLA-ADA Violation That May Catch Your Attention

$4.85 million. Yep, that’s the figure that absolutely caught my attention as I came across this story recently. That dollar amount is what Interstate Distributor Company will have to pay to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit. The suit said that the company’s maximum leave policy unlawfully denied reasonable accommodations and resulted in hundreds of employees being [...]

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Tips for Relocating Employees

As a Human Resources manager or director, having to break the news to employees regarding their need to relocate is not always an easy task. However, with many industries — including BioTech —  experiencing or predicting growth in terms of mergers and acquisitions, employee relocation will continue to be a reality for many companies. Also, as [...]

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HR News from CBGconnect: Managing Your Email Alerts

At CBG Benefits, we truly believe that communication is paramount to the success of any Human Resources and Benefits-related program. One way that we support our clients in this regard is through CBGconnect, our online portal for HR departments. Our clients can access information regarding their Benefit plans, health care reform, legislation, compliance, policies, wellness, [...]

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4 Items That Should Be In Your Employee Safety Policy

No matter what the level of risk might be at your place of business, all employers should strive to keep employees safe and injury-free at all times. While this certainly may be accomplished by hiring respectful employees and taking practical measures in terms of office layout and atmosphere, it’s also important to have an effective [...]

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3 Questions About Employer Shared Responsibility

Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impose “pay or play” requirements on large employers. If an employer does not offer health coverage to full-time employees — or offers coverage that is unaffordable or does not provides minimum value — they may be subject to a penalty. Within the ACA, the penalty is [...]

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Developing a Benefit Plan Strategy

If you play a role in researching, suggesting, and/or selecting the benefits plan for your company, there certainly are a number of factors that must be considered. While you want to offer programs that please employees, your choices absolutely impact the company’s bottom-line. How can you properly choose a Benefits plan that keeps everyone happy? [...]

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