Preview this month’s installment of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Pitfalls & Perils of 2014 focused on ten PPACA fees and the extra precautions employers can take to prepare for them.
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Nick Davies & Andrew Irving write, “It is a well-known premise that sequels are rarely as good as the original when it comes to blockbuster features films… generally, any redux is a bit of a disappointment. This brings us to the world of pensions…”
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The May 2014 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news.
On April 17th, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that median weekly earnings for the nation’s 104.3 million full-time workers grew 3% from the year prior. Prices rose at a 1.4% rate for the same period, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U), a positive development for the beleaguered workforce. This was the first time since 2009 that wages grew at a faster pace than the 2001 to 2014 average of roughly 2.5%, perhaps signaling a turning point for the U.S. labor market.
U.S. Supreme Court Considering Fiduciary Responsibility for 401(k) Plan Company Stock Funds and Other Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to enter the debate over the standards of prudence & loyalty that an ERISA plan fiduciary must satisfy when a defined contribution plan offers participants a fund dedicated to company stock as one of the plan’s...
Articles include: When Can An Individual Enroll in a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace Plan Outside of Open Enrollment? HHS Issues Proposed Regulations on Exchange and Insurance Marketplace Standards Indexed Cost-Sharing Dollar Values Released for 2015 Employers Should Prepare to Receive Premium Tax Credit Notices
It may have been a bumpy ride, but last week equities started to rebound from early-April losses. Buoyed by Yellen’s dovish comments, disappointed by two tech giants, and then inspired by a below-expectations jobless claims number and more earnings announcements, it seems like investors may be grasping at straws. The one segment that has been able to generate continual buzz is the IPO market, and investors desperate for growth are beginning to salivate over the expected listing of Alibaba in the coming week.
To help employers fully understand this important provision of healthcare reform, Gallagher’s compliance experts built this toolkit with whitepaper, flyer, FAQs, flowcharts & webinars covering all aspects of mandate.
“Political risk in emerging markets is expected to heighten in 2014 as governments look to balance lower economic growth with the increased expectations of their growing populations” (Lloyd’s of London, January 2014). Arthur J. Gallagher's Credit and Political Risk Insurance (CPRI) Market Update for January 2014 summarizes the changes in line structure and tenors available from commercial CPRI insurers since the last report in July 2013. The summary reflects the outcome of reinsurance negotiations where renewals have been completed in the intervening period - as well as the arrival of any new insurers. This report also features the economic impact of global market fluctuations as well as the financial implications of political unrest in various areas throughout the world.
Record corporate cash hoard burning a hole in some pockets? Why dividends may be back in vogue. Corporate profitability in the U.S. has recovered aggressively since the financial crisis/market bottom, but in large part that is thanks to cost cutting. Now corporations are holding record amounts of cash on their books and deciding to return it to shareholders via dividends. Can they not find intriguing projects to invest in, given the tepid economic growth expected in coming years? Are dividends more attractive than buybacks given the market is at all time highs?