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
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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.
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.
Last week, global stocks continued to tumble from highs set earlier this month as fears mount over global economic growth. Investors have shifted focus to the growing economic disparity between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services Practice Update: Investment Basics-Inflation: Its Causes and Impact
We’ve all heard the term inflation, but what are its causes and impacts on the economy and financial assets?
U.S. median incomes ended a 6-year decline by ticking up slightly in 2013, according to a Census Bureau report released last Tuesday. The weakness of the current recovery is allowing the Fed to continue to delay interest rate hikes, but for how long? Our Weekly Market Update examines the most recent data.