Betting on Yourself (and Your Employees) is Trending

“Skip the lottery: Bet on yourself.” - Clark Howard Since 2006, Employers with fewer than 100 employees on a self insured plan has increased 25%. Over that same period of time, employers with 100-499 employees has increased almost 15%. The trend is for smaller and...

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Office March Madness

“I have warned many times about the guaranteed dangers of betting with your heart instead of your head - big darkness, soon come - but every once in awhile you get a fair chance to have it both ways, and the annual NCAA basketball Tournament is one of them.” - Hunter...

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Fair Labor Might Get New Standard

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” - Upton Sinclair On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar”...

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Double-Checking Your HSA Work

“All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.” - Winston Churchill The IRS recently released an information letter describing circumstances that would allow an employer to recover contributions mistakenly made to its employees’ Health Savings...

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The Pain of Pain Management Hits Companies

“We all find means of anesthesia.” ― Brunonia Barry Opioid overdoses claim the lives of nearly 100 Americans every day as these drugs led to over 40,000 deaths last year. In most cases, especially for those in corporate America, the road to an opioid death started...

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The Award You Don’t Want to Win

“It is true I'd rather get a hole in one than win an Academy Award.” - Malcolm McDowell According to the office’s website that is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), “enforces federal civil rights laws,...

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HHS Anti-Kickback Drug Habit

“It's only in drugs or death we'll see anything new, and death is just too controlling.” - Chuck Palahniuk The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General released a proposed rule that the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) safe harbor...

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IRS “Fixed” Fixed Indemnity

“Because human beings suffer so much more than ducks...You might not think so if you were a duck.” - Michael Faber The IRS’ Chief Counsel office clarified fixed-indemnity health benefits, which are coverages that pay insured individuals a specified amount of cash for...

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Priorities for 2019

“Actions express priorities.” - Gandi As our clients begin 2019 and read all the uncertainties in the markets and across industries, one thing will always be constant -- your employees are your company’s most important priority for 2019. Without a productive and...

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Your New Minimum for 2019

“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what it means when someone pays you minimum wage? Do you know what your boss is trying to say? “Hey, if I could pay you less, I would, but it's against the law.” - Chris Rock $7.25 per hour. That is the...

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