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Benefits and Employee Self-Service

Many folks that work in Human Resources today rightfully acknowledge that their office entryway is seemingly a revolving door… one that ensures that employee’s questions may get answered, but that very little time (if any) is left to work on growing the company’s business. With many HR departments being asked to do more with less, that “revolving [...]

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Event News: Health Care Reform Seminar on March 7th

CBG Benefits is hosting an important event to help your company understand the impact of health care reform. Please join us on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 as we present a seminar with the theme “Health Care Reform: Compliance Matters.“ Keynote Presentation During this event, our keynote speakers — Tom Greene and Patricia Moran of Mintz [...]

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Key Health Care Reform Employer Requirement Postponed

This week, one of the employer requirements associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was postponed. The requirement is in regards to providing employees with a written notice about the ACA’s health insurance exchanges. The original deadline was March 1, 2013. However, the Department of Labor announced that employers will not be held to that [...]

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New Rules for HIPAA Privacy and Security Protections

On January 17th, 2013, new rules were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that modify various HIPAA rules. The changes are primarily designed to engage privacy protections for patients and to strengthen the ability of the government to enforce the law. Here is an overview of some of the key [...]

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Helping Employees Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

According to the results of a recent poll by ComPsych, weight loss is the top employee health concern. Depending on the type of business you may be in, you may not necessarily view physical fitness as extremely relevant to the success of our company. But as employers, we certainly want our employees feeling focused and [...]

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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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