Compliance Recap May 2014

Most of the major rules that affect 2014 and 2015 requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have been issued, so the regulatory agencies have begun addressing some of the details that need additional clarification. A number of notices were released during the month of May that address a wide range of open items that affect group health plans.

Is Facebook "Liked" For Job Searching?

"I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" — Sally Field, Academy Award acceptance speech for Best Actress in 1984’s Places in the Heart.

The Drive To Be Unproductive: How Long Commutes Affect Workplace Efficiency

According to an article in Yahoo! News, there is one thing that all employees have in common: a burning dislike for their morning commute. Let’s face it, it’s not the actual commute that most people dislike, it’s the hassle of dealing with traffic, long lines, and rude people that make the trip so despised.

OSHA’s Ladder Safety Outreach

Ladder safety should be paramount on any employer’s checklist whether they employ building maintenance staff, construction workers, landscapers, or anyone who needs to perform a task that’s out of reach.

Why Generic Drugs Can Be The Better Choice

Several years ago, I went to the doctor for a sinus infection. While waiting for the doctor to return with a prescription, I happened to look over and notice that every jar, pen, notepad, etc. on the counter had the name of a recently released brand name antibiotic. Sure enough, when the doctor returned, the prescription was for that particular drug. I asked the doctor what the cost of the drug was, since I was covered under a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) and would be paying the full cost. When he responded that it would run about $360 for six pills, I immediately demanded a generic prescription. The generic drug was less than $15 and took care of the infection.

Form 5500 Filing Requirements

Most employee benefit plans are required to file a Form 5500 annually, and penalties for not meeting this obligation can be costly. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT