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A Conversation With Karen Wren on the Current State of Employee Benefits

When you meet someone in your field who causes you to reconsider your thoughts in an entirely new way, you take note. I had just that experience at the National Employer Summit held in Seattle in March of 2018, where I had the chance to hear and meet Karen Wren.

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How Can the U.S. Food Industry Protect Itself From China’s New Tariffs?

There has been a great deal of anticipation to see what materials and products will be added to the contentious U.S. tariff list, many Northwest organizations, from manufacturing to food processors, are calculating the potential impact on their business.

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#UsToo: Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

We’ve had an outpouring of media attention on the issue of sexual misconduct in the workplace. The world has heard actors, models, congresswomen, as well as business women come forward to say, “Me too”, but what about those individuals in the healthcare industry?

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Insurance Issues Can Arise When Converting Apartments to Residential Condos

There has been a significant uptick in the number of new apartments under construction in the Northwest and there has been speculation over time about whether owners will start to convert some of these properties from apartments to condominiums.

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AARP vs. EEOC Lawsuit Update –
Still No Clarity

On Friday, March 30th, just hours before a deadline imposed by the U.S. District Court of D.C., the EEOC filed a required status update with the court stating that, at this time, it has no plans to issue new wellness regulations by a specific date as instructed by the court.

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IRS Continues to Send 226J Letters: What Employers Need to Know

The IRS continues to send out 226J letters attempting to collect penalties from employers who it thinks did not meet the ACA §4980H employer mandate requirements for 2015.

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Captives – Is My Insurance Program Ready?

As an organization grows, their financial, operational, and strategic risks increase, and risk management and insurance programs similarly become more complex. Overall premiums for purchased coverages often lead to a comprehensive review internally and by a company’s risk management team and insurance broker.

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Disability Claim Regulations Take
Effect April 1, 2018

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently confirmed that final disability claims procedures regulations originally issued December 19, 2016 will take effect April 1, 2018.

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Wraps Are Popular, But Are They Right For Your Project?

Over the past 15-20 years, wrap up insurance policies, otherwise known as owner/general contractors controlled insurance policies (OCIP/CCIP), have become much more commonplace for insuring construction projects.

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Three Common Bonds Non-Contractors
May Need

Contract performance and payment bonds may be the best-known type of surety bonding, but bonds are required in many different industries and offer an alternative to other types of financial guarantees.

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Legionnaires’ Disease: Is Your Hotel at Risk?

Hoteliers operate in a constantly evolving business environment with new challenges regularly emerging. However, these businesses still face a threat that first surfaced in 1976 in Philadelphia: Legionnaires’ disease.

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