In the recent Gallagher article, Weed and Weapons: Workplace Challenges Based on New Laws, recent state legislative enactments have expanded the scope of marijuana use for medicinal and recreational purposes. We anticipate it is therefore likely that the use of marijuana will increase significantly across the country. However, these legislative developments have also led to increased uncertainty over when, if and/or how an employer can address any suspected marijuana use with their employees. To view the full newsletter, click the read more link below.
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Sally Wineman & Andrew Malahowski lead a webinar on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees due by July 31, 2014. The webinar outlines who is responsible for payment, how fees are calculated, where money is sent & much more with practical action steps. CE Credits available.
The British are coming… and so are the other EU markets, Asia and a host of domestic carriers who are flooding the property insurance market with additional capacity. For more information from the Gallagher Real Estate and Hospitality Market Update for Spring 2014, please click on the market report headline.
Preview of Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 from Compliance team of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. June Installment
Preview this month’s installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 focused on ten PPACA Employer Shared Responsibility issues impacting employers’ workforce planning needs now.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The June 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news.
Last week the S&P touched record highs, with a dip on Wednesday snapping a four-day rally that might otherwise have ended in a third straight day of record-closing highs. With a recent stretch of strong economic data, markets seem to be signaling that an improving economy is on the way. Meanwhile in fixed income markets, bond yields continue to drop with the 10-year Treasury rate dropping to 2.44% on Wednesday, the lowest closing level since June 2013. This seems to signal a divergence from what is happening in equity markets, as a decrease in bond yields generally occurs during periods of economic weakness.
Client Looks to Gallagher for Fresh Approach to Managing Benefits Program & Integrate Acquisitions with Least Disruption to Business
A client wanted a fresh solution to more effectively manage their benefits program and integrate new acquisitions with the least disruption to the business. After assessing the client’s current situation and objectives, Gallagher recommended a defined contribution approach using the Gallagher Marketplace private exchange platform.
This article includes: Sample Employee Communications for One-Time Marketplace Special Enrollment for COBRA Qualified Beneficiaries, Reminder: Deadline for PCORI Fee is July 31st, IRS FAQs Confirm Draconian Penalties for “Employer Payment Plans”, FAQs on PPACA Implementation Provide Guidance on Cost-Sharing, Tobacco Cessation, Health FSA Carryovers, and SBCs, CMS Issues Guidance on Expected Transitional Reinsurance Payment Process and Offers Training, COBRA Notices Updated, IRS Provides Guidance on Adjustments and Corrections Relating to the Additional Medicare Tax, Updated Questions and Answers for Employers
Cyber attacks have spread beyond the “usual suspects” of government, banks and retail targets. The unauthorized access of data and unknown breaches are now a growing and documented exposure for any real estate or hospitality owner/operator who has access to credit cards; utilizes computer operating systems for their assets; accepts and warehouses anyone’s personal information; or engages in social media.
After a disastrous start to 2014, emerging markets has been the strongest segment of the equity market, up 12.1% since the start of February. Emerging markets equity began 2014 as the cheapest market on a price-to-earnings basis, and only got cheaper as investors pulled capital amid a perfect storm of central bank actions and geopolitical tension. Despite the recent run, valuations still remain cheap relative to both international and domestic markets, signaling there could be more room to run.