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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The interests of general contractors (GCs) and subcontractors (Subs) often align. Details such as a project design free of defects, a well-coordinated jobsite, and prompt payment from owners are all examples. However, sometimes their interests do not align.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Employers who sponsor self-funded medical plans must report and pay the ACA Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees no later than July 31, 2017. Health insurance carriers will pay the fee directly in the case of fully-insured plans.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Court bonds in civil matters serve to verify the financial capability of the bond principal to pay a judgment, deliver property, or indemnify an injured party according to the court’s final decision. They are usually required when the court is asked to confer a benefit, such as possession of disputed property, in advance of final judgment. Most agents can process an “off the shelf” court bond, such as a TRO or Injunction bond, but not every bond requirement is clear-cut. Some bonds are only needed very rarely or don’t fit the standard submission guidelines due to specific circumstances. It takes creativity, communication, and a clear understanding of the underlying legal requirements to successfully place and issue a nonstandard court bond.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
One important part of any compensation structure is the benefits and perks a company offers to employees. Overall compensation becomes especially important when considering at occupations facing major shortages and enhanced standards.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
It appears that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will live on as the “law of the land,” in the words of Speaker Ryan. Last week left many heads spinning as voting on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was first delayed and then called off entirely. Employers must continue to administer their plans in compliance with […]
Monday, March 27, 2017
The healthcare landscape in the Puget Sound region continues to evolve with changing patient and caregiver needs, as well as changing legislative requirements.
Friday, March 24, 2017
One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today is how to attract skilled employees, particularly millennials.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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 […]
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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?
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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 […]
Monday, March 6, 2017
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.