The U.S. Dollar is coming off its strongest quarter since the market panic in 2008, and continued strength is one of the most crowded trades on Wall Street. A strong dollar sounds like a great thing, perhaps even a source of national pride, but what are the real consequences of the greenback’s appreciation? Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
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This is the time of year that the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issues press releases reporting on what a successful year they have had with enforcement actions. As these headlines garner attention, risk managers of publicly traded companies tend to reexamine the adequacy of limits and structure of their D&O programs. This paper addresses the SEC’s recent reports on enforcement actions and what it might mean for D&O insurance buyers. What should you know?
Economic data released last week underscored the different trajectories of the U.S. and European Union economies. In the intertwined modern global economy, how did such a divergence develop, and can the U.S. economy continue to succeed while the rest of the world falters? Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
This issue includes: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on PPACA Marketplace Subsidies PPACA Implementation FAQs Close Loopholes on Individual Coverage Premium Reimbursement Schemes Minimum Value Plans Are Required to Include Hospitalization and Physician Coverage Limit on Employee Contributions to Healthcare FSA Increased to $2,550 Employer Mandate Penalties Projected Increase in 2015 Transitional Reinsurance Payments Are Tax Deductible as Ordinary and Necessary Business Expenses Joint Agency FAQ Addresses Impact of Cost-Sharing Limits on Non-Grandfathered Plans using Reference-Based Pricing Federally-Facilitated Marketplace Special Enrollments Questions and Answers for Employers
Preview this month’s installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 focused on end-of-year compliance issues and obligations.
On October 31, 2014, CMS issued an enforcement delay on the HPID requirement. Our Technical Bulletin summarizes CMS' October 31 news release announcing the delay.
Last Wednesday, in a widely expected move, the Federal Reserve (Fed) announced that it would end its quantitative easing program. The Fed’s decision to end the stimulus shows a positive outlook for the U.S. economy, with the policy statement citing “sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy” to support its mandate of low unemployment and stable pricing. Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The November 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news
This issue includes: Countdown to Compliance: IRS Reporting Under Sections 6055 and 6056 Step One: Learn the fundamentals. Step Two: Determine which reporting requirements and forms apply to your organization. Step Three: Determine what information you are required to collect. Step Four: Explore alternative reporting requirements. Step Five: Develop a game plan. Step Six: Communicate with employees. Healthcare Reform Toolkits
The majority of the consuming public does not realize that you can get very sick from contaminated ice. As we know, ice is “frozen water,” but just because it is frozen, that doesn’t mean it cannot contain harmful bacteria or viruses. Viruses also survive in ice cubes, so our foodborne illness leader, the noroviruses, can wreak havoc in the frozen crystals. This article features information on the safety of your ice machines; risks due to mishandling and contamination;and the rinse-wash-sanitize method to help reduce potential issues.