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February 4, 2020

Ask the Experts: What is the Purpose of a Performance Improvement Plan?

Question: What is a performance improvement plan and what is its purpose? What is a #PerformanceImprovementPlan, and why might your clients need to have one set […]
January 31, 2020

What We’re Reading — January 2020

We’ve been spending the grey days of winter reading up on timely workplace topics. Here are some of the stories that came to our attention this […]
January 31, 2020

Grandmothered (Non-ACA) Policies Allowed for Another Year

States that permit carriers to renew medical policies without adopting various Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements may continue to do so through 2021, according to a […]
January 29, 2020

New Jersey: Reporting Rules for Employer Health Plans

The state of New Jersey is requiring insurers and employers to report certain 2019 health coverage information to plan enrollees and the state in early 2020. […]
January 27, 2020

5 Reasons to Rehire Former Employees

It’s not uncommon for organizations to have a policy against rehiring former employees. This sort of policy makes perfect sense in regards to troublemakers, poor performers, […]
January 23, 2020

Why You Should Care About Your Employer Brand

Lots of HR leaders today are talking about the importance of using marketing techniques to build an effective employer brand. The topic was a focus in […]
January 22, 2020

Combatting Coronavirus (And Other Infectious Diseases)

Infectious disease outbreaks happen around the world on a regular basis. And with a mobile society that travels often, even diseases that are primarily confined to […]
January 21, 2020

Types of Workplace Harassment and How to Stop Them

Insurance brokers — we don’t need to tell you that your clients are vulnerable to countless risks. As their broker, it’s your duty to understand the […]
January 20, 2020

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by Inspiring Hope in the Workplace

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words nearly two months before his assassination on April 4, […]
January 17, 2020

Ask the Experts: Implementing Employee Reward and Recognition Programs

Question: We are considering implementing an employee discount and reward program. How should we go about this, and where can I find more information? Answer: An […]
January 14, 2020

Update on ACA Health Plan Fees

Recent legislation affects several types of health plan fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some fees are eliminated, while a minor one that was scheduled […]
January 14, 2020

The Ins and Outs of Conducting Background Checks

Have you considered conducting background checks as part of your hiring process? The practice is fairly typical in the banking and financial services industries, as well […]
November 9, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Obtains a Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Participants and Beneficiaries of Failing MEWA

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against AEU […]
November 17, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor and First Bankers Trust Settle ESOP Lawsuits; Agreement Includes $15.75 Million Recovery for Retirement Plans

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached agreements to resolve three lawsuits with First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS). The lawsuits alleged […]
November 20, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Releases Advance Copies Of Form 5500 Annual Return/Report for 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the IRS, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today released advance informational copies […]
November 21, 2017

Ask the Experts: Do you have appropriate company communication about holiday parties?

November 20th, 2017 Question: Do you have language we can use in a company communication that will go out before our holiday party to encourage responsible […]