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Attracting Millennials To Manufacturing Careers

One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today is how to attract skilled employees, particularly millennials.

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Drones in Construction:
Safety Regulations and Best Practices

In the ultra-competitive construction landscape, where the name of the game is delivering the highest quality product on time and under budget, Owners/GC’s are scouring new technological advancements to improve both performance and the bottom-line.

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Republicans Release Health Policy Proposed Legislation

House Republicans have released the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), the first official draft of ACA “repeal and replace” legislation. As of March 9, the legislation is being reviewed, debated, and changed in the relevant House committees, so details are likely to change;  however, much of what is contained in this draft is likely to […]

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Can Gaming Technology Help Senior Living Operators Eliminate Resident Falls?

How far would the stakeholders of your senior living facility (e.g. nursing staff, operators, and owners) go or be willing to spend to achieve a resident fall rate of less than 2.0 per 1,000 days? For a rate of less than 1.0 per 1,000 days?

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UPDATE – Taxation of Fixed Indemnity Plans

In January, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel issued a memorandum clarifying the tax treatment of certain types of fixed indemnity plans offered by employers. Since the memorandum was released, several fixed indemnity plan insurance carriers have pushed back, stating that the interpretation of the IRS memo was too broad and should not affect the […]

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How To Avoid These Pitfalls In Offering Employees Disability Insurance

Long term disability insurance can be an effective strategy to protect employees’ income should they have a serious accident. However, there are often serious gaps in coverage that can prevent the policy from truly replacing the lost salary.

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IRS Issues Memorandum on Taxation of Indemnity Plans

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has issued a memorandum clarifying the tax treatment of certain types of fixed indemnity plans offered by employers. The memorandum states that the benefits provided by a fixed indemnity health plan must be treated as taxable income to an employee if the plan is employer-paid or if the employee […]

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Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement

The 21st Century Cures Act (“Act”), passed and signed into law in December, includes a provision creating what is called a “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement” (“QSEHRA”). A QSEHRA allows small employers who do not offer group health insurance to their employees to provide money to employees on a tax-free basis; the money can be used to pay for individual health insurance policies and to reimburse employees for certain medical expenses.

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What Can You Do To Manage Opioid Dependence In Your Workforce?

Prescription painkillers are everywhere, literally. According to IMS Health, in the United States alone, 249 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2015. For reasons that are unclear, it appears to be a societal issue; Americans consume 80% of the world’s opiate-based prescriptions.

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Trump Issues Executive Order Regarding the ACA

On his first day in office, President Trump issued an executive order instructing regulatory agencies with authority over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to take any action possible “to the maximum extent permitted by law…to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of…[the ACA].” The order itself does not actually change any current […]

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The Rap on Wrap Policies:
An Owner/Developer Perspective

With construction booming across the entire Puget Sound Region, Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP) have become a popular strategy to insure a project’s onsite assets. But these programs can vary in effectiveness based on a large number of factors, and may not always be the most appropriate coverage for a specific project.

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IRS Extends Deadline for Providing 2016 Form 1095s

The IRS has issued Notice 2016-70 delaying the due date for employers and insurers to provide the 2016 Forms 1095-C and 1095-B to employees and plan participants. The notice extends the deadline 30 days from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017. Note that the deadline for filing the required forms with the IRS was […]

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