Get Ready for Upcoming Affordable Care Act Compliance Deadlines
Now that we are in the last quarter of 2014, one deadline related to the Affordable Care Act is upon us. Other requirements may follow in 2015 and 2016, depending on the number of employees at your organization and the nature of your plan. Keep reading to learn some of the highlights of impending compliance obligations most health plan sponsors are facing, including fees and penalties.
Helping Temporarily Disabled Employees Return to Work
Employees who are temporarily unable to work can often remain semi-productive during their recuperation periods. "Light duty" programs involving reduced hours and modified duties can accelerate an employee's rehabilitation, and make it less likely that a temporary incapacity will turn into a long-term or permanent situation. However, federal labor law dictates how you can go about structuring such a program. Here's an overview.
Another Look at Domestic Violence in the Workplace
If you watch the national news, you know that domestic violence has been splashed across the headlines recently, involving some big-name celebrities. On the subject of domestic abuse, it may be natural for employers to focus on supporting their employees who become victims of this violence. But what if you suspect your employee may be the abuser? It's a delicate issue, but one you should not ignore. Keep reading for more information.
Extending Your Benefits Program with Voluntary Offerings
As an employer, you have something that costs you nothing, but might be of great value to your employees: bulk purchasing power. That's the fundamental driver of voluntary benefits, one that you can harness to effectively increase employee compensation at no incremental cost. The trick is to make it meaningful and maximize employee participation. Here's how you can accomplish this.
Telemedicine Explosion Coming to a Health Plan Near You
Telemedicine is not new. It dates back to the 1970s. Its popularity, however, is accelerating as employers grapple with ever-rising health care costs, and access to broadband Internet service spreads. Another driver of the explosion of telemedicine services is a looming shortage of primary care physicians, who provide the kind of care that mass market telemedicine offers. Here's a closer look.
Medical Emergency at the Worksite? Take Steps to Prepare
When you hear the phrase, "accidents happen," it usually means there's been a mishap of some sort. But what about an accident involving physical injury, or other kind of medical emergency? Taking some basic steps to be ready to deal with these types of issues can help prevent the severity of the problems from escalating to catastrophic levels.