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Stephen Miller, CEBS, is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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By 2017, most plan to add surcharges or exclude spouses when coverage available elsewhere

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December 1, 2014

 

In a new online posting, the Department of Labor (DOL) reiterated that employers may not use a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or other means to reimburse employees for purchasing nongroup health insurance coverage, including policies available on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) public exchange.

Among the points addressed by the DOL in a set of Frequently Asked Questions posted on Nov. 6, 2014, were the following:

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November 17, 2014

 

High-earning employees will find more of their salary subject to Social Security payroll taxes starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

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October 24, 2014

 

During open enrollment, be mindful of age-based differences
 

With four generations working side by side in the labor force—Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists—employers are challenged during open enrollment season to meet each group’s distinctive needs and expectations. These differences become especially relevant when honing ways to communicate health care options.

Millennials Embrace Technology

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October 13, 2014

 

During open enrollment, encourage use of benefits information resources

 

This open enrollment season, employees have a message for employers about their benefits: Tell us more, please.

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October 9, 2014

 

Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the thresholds triggering the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) excise tax on high-value plans in 2018, and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis by consultancy Towers Watson.

September 29, 2014

 

Fall-off in preventative visits, some screenings, indicate confusion over coverage

      

With a growing number of workers covered by health savings account (HSA)-eligible high-deductible health plans, how does the use of health care services by HSA participants compare with traditional health plans?

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September 25, 2014

 

Rising costs and regulatory demands could fuel growth of private health exchanges  
 

Private health insurance exchanges could funamentally alter how employers provide health care to their workers, according to a September 2014 report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s) Health Research Institute, The Rise of Retail Health Coverage.

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September 23, 2014

 

Large U.S. employers expect a 4 percent increase in 2015 health care costs for current employees after plan design changes and a 5.2 percent rate increase without plan adjustments, according to Towers Watson’s 2014 Health Care Changes Ahead Survey.

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September 17, 2014

 

 

During open enrollment, encourage use of benefits information resources  

This open enrollment season, employees have a message for employers about their benefits: Tell us more, please.

News Updates
September 16, 2014
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An increasing number of workers are considering the availability of a company stock plan when evaluating a new job opportunity, according to new research by Fidelity Investments.

When asked about the importance of company stock plans as part of their compensation and benefits package:

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August 20, 2014

Best performers emphasize stock options, targeted performance measures.

High-performing companies design their executive compensation programs differently from many other organizations, according to a new study by consultancy Towers Watson.

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August 4, 2014

C-level relationships matter most, while digital marketing skills add value.

Chief marketers who report directly to CEOs are likely to earn more than their peers, according to a new study by the 7,000-member Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. Additionally, good peer relationships provide an advantage as the most highly paid CMOs have forged close partnerships with chief financial officers and chief information officers.

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July 29, 2014
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Although 63 percent of employees at small businesses say they are extremely or very satisfied with their job, many think there's room for improvement when it comes to their benefits packages. Only 12 percent are extremely satisfied with their benefits and only 14 percent believe their benefits package meets their current family needs extremely well, according to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report for Small Businesses.

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July 28, 2014

More than half of all U.S. employers (56 percent) expressed concern with stepped-up rulemaking and enhanced federal agency enforcement, according to the 2014 Executive Employer Survey report from law firm Littler.

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July 16, 2014

ORLANDO, FLA.—“Now is the most exciting time to be in HR. So many challenges!” observed Jennifer Barton, SPHR, as she addressed issues relating to “Designing the Right Total Rewards Strategy” during her June 23 concurrent session at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition.

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July 7, 2014

ORLANDO, FLA.—Implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be the crisis that allows you to, at long last, to transform your benefits strategy, said Karl James Ahlrichs, SPHR, a senior consultant with Indianapolis-based Gregory and Appel. He was the speaker at the June 24 session, “Using the ACA as a Catalyst to Move Organizational Culture Forward,” at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition.

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July 1, 2014

ORLANDO, FLA.--An “HR business partner” is a strategic contributor who understands and plays a role in achieving the vision, mission, goals and results of the organization, explained Louisville-based consultant Sandy Allgeier, SPHR, at the start of her seminar, “HR Business Partners: A Consulting Skills Model,” on June 21 at the 2014 Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference & Exposition.

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June 25, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Co. and Arizona State University (ASU) have announced the launch of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, creating an opportunity for the coffee chain’s eligible 135,000 U.S. employees to complete a bachelor’s degree with full tuition reimbursement for juniors and seniors, through a collaboration with ASU’s degree program delivered online.

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June 18, 2014
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DALLAS—Rewards leaders from McDonald’s, Home Depot and Kraft Foods shared what their companies are doing to differentiate and reward performance during a panel discussion at the 2014 WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference, held here May 19-21. The discussion was moderated by Hay Group, a pay consultancy.

McDonald’s: Driving Differentiation

Lisa Emerson, vice president for global total compensation at McDonald’s Corp., explained the hamburger giant’s shift toward “a culture of accountability that truly rewards” employee achievement.

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June 12, 2014