Tax law fueling changes to employer benefits and compensation programs, survey finds

The new tax reform law is fueling changes to corporate America’s employee benefits, compensation, total rewards and executive pay programs, according to a survey by Willis Towers Watson. The survey of 333 large and midsize employers reveals nearly half (49 percent) of the respondents are considering making a change to at least one of these […]

Rising prices drive pace of health spending increase

Americans used the same amount or less health care in 2016 compared to 2015, but rising prices caused overall spending in 2016 to grow faster than any time in the last five years, according to a report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI). The report, Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, analyzed health care […]

Annual wellness visits increase for adolescents

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been moderately successful in getting more adolescents to see doctors for annual wellness visits, but more needs to be done, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. The study compared with adolescent frequency of annual wellness visits before and after the ACA went into effect […]

Nearly 25 percent of full-time employees do not receive benefits

Nearly 25 percent of full-time employees in the U.S. do not receive benefits, such as health insurance, retirement savings plans, or paid vacation, from their employer, according to research from Clutch, a B2B research firm. The 2018 Employee Benefits Survey found that by not offering a benefits package, companies risk losing out on the top […]

D.C. District Court backs off a little on wellness rulemaking order

The Washington, D.C., federal district court that ordered the EEOC to file, by August 13, 2018, any new rulemaking that would incorporate the court’s opinion invalidating the agency’s wellness regulations under the ADA and GINA has backed off that deadline directive following the EEOC’s January 16, 2018, unopposed motion asking the court to do so. […]

One-third of employers offer incentives to encourage alternative forms of transportation, IFEBP says

One-third of employers offer incentives to employees who bike, walk, use mass transportation or carpool to work, according to results from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Transportation Benefits and Incentives: 2017 Survey Results. Survey responses were received from 289 U.S. members of the International Foundation and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit […]

Exclude excepted benefits from group health plan definition for QSEHRAs, benefits association urges IRS

Employers offering plans that provide only excepted benefits should be eligible to establish Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or QSEHRAs, according to the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC). The ECFC recently sent a letter to the IRS that included comments on IRS Notice 2017-67, which contained guidance on QSEHRAs, and which advised that […]

Longtime Dow employee replaced after leave gets trial on FMLA retaliation claim

A marketing employee with decades of documented good performance and promotions at Dow, who was removed from her position for purported performance problems and replaced by a male employee (at a higher salary despite his lesser qualifications) after she took medical leave for an eye injury suffered while on business travel, raised triable issues on […]

Large employers rank user experience over cost when choosing benefits administration platforms

Cost is not the primary driver for large employers that are assessing strategic health and welfare benefits administration platforms, according to a survey of Fortune 100 companies from brokerage Pacific Resources. In 2017, only 23.9 percent of employers cited cost as the most important factor when selecting a benefits administration platform (down from 64.4 percent […]

Notice sent to employee’s old address satisfied COBRA requirements

A COBRA notice sent to a former employee’s old address satisfied the requirements of ERISA Sec. 606 because the old address was the only one, at the time, that the former employer had on file, according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Ohio (DC-OH). The former employee’s COBRA claim was dismissed by […]