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14Aug 2017

SLEEP. LAUGH. LEARN. Can sleep and laughter facilitate learning? (Part 1 of 2)

Authors: |Learning & Development|0 Comments

According to a number of memory, learning, and cognition researchers, the answer is yes.  So, if you’re looking for evidence-based strategies to help make organizational learning stick, you may want to consider infusing humor into your learning programs, and also, letting your learners sleep on it. SLEEP A lot has been written about the potential health benefits of sleep. And [...]

20Jul 2017

Upcoming Form 5500 Deadline for 2016 Calendar Year Plans

Authors: |Benefits, Compliance, In The Know|0 Comments

Each year, most employers with 100 or more employees in their plans are required to file a Form 5500 for their Health & Welfare and Retirement plans. The annual Form 5500 must be submitted electronically and is due on the last day of the seventh month following the plan year end date.  So, for 2016 plans that operate on a [...]

11Jul 2017

Reminder: PCORI Fees Due July 31, 2017

Authors: |Benefits, Compliance, In The Know|0 Comments

Recent efforts to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) include bills that call for the elimination of various ACA fees. Since these bills have not yet been passed into law, the ACA stands as written and employers remain obligated to pay the fees, which include the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee. Since 2013, plan sponsors [...]

30Jun 2017

Senate Health Care Bill

Authors: |Benefits, Compliance, Human Resources|0 Comments

On June 22nd Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Although a vote was expected before the Senate’s July 4th break, the bill met with resistance from members of both the Democratic and Republican Parties, so discussion and the vote have been delayed until lawmakers return from break. The BCRA and the House bill, [...]

10May 2017

The American Health Care Act – A Look At The Potential Impact On Large Employers And Group Health Plan Sponsors

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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the amended version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would repeal and replace certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA is the first step in what is expected to be a multi-step process to repeal and replace the ACA. The bill was introduced as part [...]