Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – December 2022/January 2023

Access to Telemedicine Diminishes

laptopTelemedicine saw a surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allowed for social distancing and reduced the risk of infection spread. Read on for details.
 
 

New Proposed DOL Rule to Tighten Independent Contractor Definition

documentA new proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor could make it more difficult to classify workers as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read on for details.
 
 

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): Healthcare Provisions Employers Should Know

photos of workers
President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on August 16, following House and Senate passage. Read on for details.

 

Hearing Health Should Be Top Priority

Health benefits are a top priority for most employers, but hearing health is often overlooked. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – October/November 2022

How to Improve Workplace Ergonomics

tornadoAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ergonomic injuries (also known as musculoskeletal disorders) make up one-third of all work-related injuries and illnesses. Read on for details.
 
 

Employers Look to Improve Health and Benefits Offerings Ahead of 2023 Open Enrollment

robotDespite the more challenging economic environment, employee turnover rates have not improved significantly. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.2 million people quit their jobs in June 2022, showing little change. Read on for details.
 
 

Removing the Stigma Surrounding Debt Benefits

photos of workersDebt is often a taboo topic, but it’s essential to talk about it openly.
Read on for details.
 
 
 

State of US Workers Compensation Industry

The following key insights are from the National Council on Compensation Insurance’s annual report on the state of the workers comp industry: Read on for details.

Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – August/September 2022

How Well Prepared Is the WC Industry for Catastrophe?

tornadoAs a result of COVID-19, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) — the workers comp ratemaking organization used by two thirds of the states — has broadened its definition of catastrophes. Read on for details.
 

Why Robots Are Taking All the Crummy Jobs

robotHumans just aren’t that well suited for dangerous and monotonous jobs, say the experts. Let the robots do them, they say.
Read on for details.
 
 

How to Use Benefits to Improve Talent Acquisition and Retention

photos of workersWith over 4 million more job openings than employees to fill them, the task of talent acquisition and retention has become a significant challenge for many companies. Read on for details.
 
 

Zillennials Challenge Traditional Workplace Conventions

MetLife’s 20th Annual Employee Benefit Trends Study shows job satisfaction has tumbled to a two-decade low. Zillennials – who represent the generation born between 1993 and 1998 – exhibit the lowest level of satisfaction. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – June/July 2022

House Passes SECURE Act 2.0

retirementThere will be fundamental changes to retirement legislation if the Senate passes the SECURE Act 2.0, which the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 414 to 5 in March. Read on for details.

 

How the Ukraine Crisis is Affecting the US Workforce

Ukraine flagThe Ukraine crisis is having unforeseen effects on the US workforce that may be more far-reaching than expected.
Read on for details.

 

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered by Workers Comp?

bariatricMore than a third of U.S. adults are obese. Almost another third is overweight. Read on for details.

 
 
 

Updates on Marijuana Legalization, PTSD Claims and Lump Sum Settlements

Marijuana: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana (220-204). But it had little support from Republicans and is not likely to pass the Senate. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – April/May 2022

US Supreme Court May Consider Ruling on Comp Coverage for Marijuana

woman holding vaccine cardThe Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice for advice on the matter as it examines a couple recent cases from Minnesota. Read on for details.
 
 
 

Compliance Issues for The Rest of 2022

pain management word collageEven though we are well into 2022, there are compliance issue changes on the horizon involving overtime, booster shots and paid leave. Here’s what the changes could mean to your company this year. Read on for details.
 
 

What Can Employers Do About High Drug Costs?

people holding voluntary benefit signsWhich of your employer-sponsored health plan costs cause you the most headaches? Read on for details.
 
 
 
 

401(k)s Do’s and Don’ts

When employees decide to leave their jobs, they have a lot on their minds. So, they don’t always give a lot of thought to what to do with their 401(k) plans. It’s an important decision that can have a big impact on their retirement savings. Your human resources department can counsel them on what they can do and shouldn’t do. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits & Workers Comp News – February/March 2022

Updates on COVID-19 in the Workplace

woman getting vaccinatedThe Supreme Court has stopped OSHA from implementing its COVID-19 Workplace requirement for employers with more than 100 employees to mandate vaccines or testing. Read on for details.
 
 

Early Retirees Need Health Coverage Options

grandparentsIt’s a dream come true for many Americans when they realize they can retire early. Read on for details.
 
 
 

New Saving Incentive for Grandparent-Owned 529 Plans

kid and grandparent saving moneyThe Consolidated Appropriations Act has made it easier for grandparents to save money for grandkids in an employer-sponsored 529 plan — starting with the 2023-2024 academic year. Read on for details.
 
 

The Many Varieties of TPA

If you’re bringing your worker’s comp claims administration in-house, either because you are self-insuring or you have set up a special situation with an insurer, you’ll need to get a third-party administrator.
Read on for details.