To protect worker hearing, employers should conduct sound surveys, control noise exposures, enroll affected employees in a hearing conservation program and provide hearing protection. Hearing protection devices (HPD) such as earmuffs and earplugs can be an effective measure to protect hearing in noisy work environments.
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This Article Includes: HHS Issues Final Rule on Transition Reinsurance Program, IRS Releases Proposed Guidance on Annual Health Insurer Fee, Guidance Provides Vision of Small Business Exchanges on Horizon, Multi-State Plan Program Final Rule Offers Insights Into Plans Intended to Foster Competition, HHS Releases Final Rule Implementing Premium Stabilization Program under PPACA, Gallagher Benefit Services invites your organization to participate in our inaugural Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey, Gallagher International Benefit Services presents the 43rd Annual IBIS Academy in Prague, Questions and Answers for Employers
This Article Includes: Final Regulations on Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value and Accreditation, HHS Releases Minimum Value Calculator, New PPACA FAQs Offer Preventive Services Guidance, OSHA Issues Regulations on Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints under PPACA, HHS Issues Health Insurance Market and Rate Review Rules, Gallagher Benefit Services invites your organization to participate in our inaugural Benefits Strategy and Benchmarking Survey, Gallagher International Benefit Services presents the 43rd Annual IBIS Academy in Prague, Questions and Answers for Employers
This 60-minute recorded webinar reviews recent legal developments that should inform employers’ views about the use of social media by human resources personnel and/or employees. Click the link below to view the webinar.
Technical Bulletin-Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Marriage Have Far Reaching Impact on Employer-Sponsored Benefits
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court, ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, effectively changing the definitions of “marriage” and “spouse”, for purposes of federal law, to the definitions set by each respective state. On the same day, the Supreme Court also issued a ruling in the case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, holding that the supporters of Proposition 8 did not have standing to defend the initiative before it. Both cases are discussed, as is the impact on health and welfare and retirement plans resulting from the Windsor decision.
A group of schools had playground equipment in such disrepair that they were facing the community and local PTA, the media and external inspectors while contending with their extreme financial struggles. They knew it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars unless they found a better solution.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting Division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The March 2013 issue includes healthcare reform updates, benefit trends and surveys, upcoming webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news including: IRS Updates FAQs About Small Business Health Care Tax Credit; EBSA Releases a PPACA Self‐Compliance Checklist; and The Benefits and Pitfalls of E‐Selection.
A key issue in health reform is striking a balance between healthcare costs and quality health care. One tool to achieve this is the use of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in both traditional Medicare programs and private insurance programs. Whether or not ACOs will proliferate in the future is unknown, but there could be risk management ramifications to their structures.
Fox and Lawson outline what pay compression is and explore how to identify the situation. The authors also discuss how to find solutions to this common problem that governmental entities often face. (HR News magazine, 02/2013)
Fox and Lawson’s COMPDOCTOR article outlines key considerations and possible solutions for public sector organizations when it comes to limited budgets, and the need to implement changes to their classification and compensation program. (HR News magazine, 02/2013)