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BENEFIT SURVEYS AND BENCHMARKING STUDIES

Here are several just-released surveys and studies to help you consider how your organization’s benefits line-up with the competition and best-practices. These provide substantial information that can support your decisions for moving forward with plan adjustments for the upcoming year.

  • 2017 Survey Results: Employee Benefits (45 pages)     #149910
  • 15th Annual MetLife Study of Employee Benefits Trends (76 pages)       #150256
  • 2016 21st Annual Willis Towers Watson Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey (36 pages)     #150654
  • Annual Report on Self-Insured Group Health Plans: Report to Congress from the Department of Labor (17 pages)     #149899

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IS YOUR ORGANIZATION AT RISK FOR NON-COMPLIANCE?

These simple scorecards can be used to judge how your organization is complying with certain critical regulatory requirements and keeping health care costs under control.

  • Organization Health Care Costs Scorecard     #150538
  • HIPAA Compliance Scorecard     #150542
  • DOL Audit Scorecard     #150314

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS ASSISTANCE

This month’s articles include a 5-page review of the tax implications of wellness program rewards. Also offered is a 3-page checklist of questions that you should ask of vendors being considered for providing wellness services — including current vendors who expect to renew their contracts with you.

  • Workplace Wellness Vendor Questionnaire     #150543
  • Compliance Overview: Taxability of Wellness Plan Rewards     #150547
  • Live Well, Work Well – May 2017:     #146272
    • Spring Allergy Alleviation
    • A Breath of Fresh Air
    • Age Well in the Workplace
    • Critical Health Checks for Workers Over 50

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COMPLIANCE BULLETINS

While uncertainty remains in how the federal government will continue to impact employer-sponsored health plans, you should stay alert to recent guidance.

  • ACA Compliance Bulletin: Future of Certain ACA Taxes and Fees     #146407
  • ACA Compliance Bulletin: Market Stabilization Rule Finalized     #148819
  • Compliance Bulletin: Court Rules Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination     #150347
  • Benefits Buzz, May 2017: ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What?     #146340

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MISCELLANEOUS BENEFITS NOTES

These articles cover a variety of benefit management topics.

  • Benefits Insights: Referenced Based Pricing     #150042
  • Benefits Insights: Hospital Indemnity Coverage     #150552
  • Know Your Benefits: Hospital Indemnity Coverage     #150553
  • Benefits Buzz, May 2017:Cost-saving Strategy – Generic Drugs     #146340
  • Infographic: 5 Reasons Why Your HDHP Will Fail     #150545
  • HealthLeaders Media FactFile: Hospital Performance     #150208

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HUMAN RESOURCES UPDATES

The popular HR Toolkit series adds 2 items this month, covering social media and company culture.

  • HR Toolkit: Company Culture (12 pages)     #150422
  • HR Toolkit: Social Media Toolkit (56 pages)     #150425
  • HR Brief: May 2017:     #146369
    • EEOC to Maintain Its Bipartisan Enforcement Plan
    • Trump’s Secretary of Labor Nominee Questioned on Overtime Rule

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STATE EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATES

Two articles were added in the past month, both consider New York state laws related to cybersecurity.

  • New York Cybersecurity Law – Cybersecurity Program Rules     #150324
  • New York Cybersecurity Law – Covered Entity Responsibilities     #150325

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