Despite a shaky start to the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy continues to show improvement. The Fed’s cautious tone from last week emphasizes concerns over the labor market and global growth – but why are they still worried? Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
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Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The October 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news
This issue includes: New Cafeteria Plan Election Changes Permitted for Marketplace Enrollment and Reduction in Hours IRS Proposes Additional Change in Status Rules for Employees Subject to Look-Back Method Final Excepted Benefits Regulations Released Adjustment Brings Small Increase to PCORI Fee Questions and Answers for Employers
Global growth concerns caused equity markets, with the exception of U.S. large caps, to decline in the third quarter after a strong start in the first half of the year. The third quarter market review takes a closer look at performance during mid to late summer. Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
Maritime law had long been steeped in precedent. However, recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court, and subsequently, lower courts, relating to the status of a quarter barge (many times used to house workers) as a vessel or other structure have flip-flopped over the past 20 years. This topic has continued to gain the interest of the marine industry - particularly as the court decisions continue to change. What qualifies as a vessel? This whitepaper addresses key considerations if you are evaluating a similar situation.
Healthcare workers face an increased likelihood of being a victim of workplace violence, as compared to workers in other industries. According to OSHA, healthcare facilities, including kidney care facilities, must have procedures in place to train staff on proper responses to such disturbances to reduce the risk of violence, injury and even death to staff members and patients. This paper identifies strategies and tools for managing security risks with minimal associated costs.
HIPAA requires health plans to obtain a unique health plan identification number (“HPID”) by November 5, 2014 (small plans that have annual receipts of $5 million or less have until November 5, 2015). On September 29, federal regulators issued additional guidance on HPIDs in Q&A format. Our Technical Bulletin summarizes that guidance.
On January 1, 2015, OSHA will require many more industries to create and record injuries and illnesses in the OSHA 300 Injury and Illness Recordkeeping log for the first time. Reporting of severe injuries or illnesses directly to OSHA will change. This Gallagher Risk Management Strategies webcast with delve deeper into what these changes mean to you and your organization.
Preview this month’s installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 focused on critical ERISA issues that may result in noncompliance, fines and penalties.
Too often the Independent Medical Exam (IME) process does not fairly represent the employer in the claim arena. A simple IME process does not get the job done. It is important to find a physician consultant who understands the legal dilemma and is able to give employers more control over their claims’ destiny in spite of seemingly overwhelming odds. A physician consultant is familiar with the way doctors think and knows when they are being less than honest or do not have adequate or truthful information.