While animal-loving employees appreciate policies that permit pets in the workplace, they actually prefer pet-related paid time off and bereavement leave, notes a survey 1,000 employees and 200 HR decision-makers conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital. The Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer findings also noted improvements reported in five key areas as a result of implementing pet-friendly policies. They included… Read More

Between efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to a hodgepodge of federal, state and local laws, most employers are preparing for big changes that will influence their benefits policies going forward. That’s according to an annual survey from law firm Littler Mendelson, which found that the shifting, fragmented patchwork of state and… Read More

We’ve all heard of identity theft but rarely connect the victim’s experience with the toll it can take on the workplace. Identity theft has a big effect on employee productivity. Employees are not only impacted financially, but they also experience considerable distraction and emotional stress which leads to less time focused on work. It can… Read More

Republicans are struggling with the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. They should be. Health is a matter of life and death. People pay very personal attention to it. In the end, regular people skip past the macro policies that shape the nation and ask, “what about me?” In our immediate network of family and friends,… Read More

The Wall Street Journal  (4/23, Hackman, Subscription Publication) reports that on Sunday, President Trump warned in several tweets that the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces will collapse if the federal government refuses to continue making subsidy payments to insurers, and urged Democrats to support funding to build the wall along the border with Mexico in exchange for… Read More

The New York Times  (4/20, A1, Flegenheimer, Abelson, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that White House officials who are “desperate to demonstrate progress on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act are pushing to resurrect a revamped version of a Republican health care bill before his 100th day in office next week.”… Read More

New Individual Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Dates Announced The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule which, among other things, amends the timing of the annual Health Insurance Marketplace (“Marketplace”) open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year and modifies the rules for Marketplace special enrollment periods. New Individual… Read More