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A June 18, 2018 article on SHRM.org sites retaining talent (72%) as the #1 reason employers are enhancing benefits in 2018 followed by attracting new talent (58%).  At the same time, 75% of the employers surveyed stated that managing the cost of those benefits wasn't a priority. READ MORE >>

Epstein Becker Green (April 20, 2018) - The 2018-2019 New York State Budget (“Budget”), which was enacted on April 12, 2018, includes several new state laws concerning sexual harassment in the workplace that will affect both public and private employers. READ MORE >>

Following the boards ruling on Boeing the NLRB established new standards for Employee Handbooks which will undoubtedly by a relief to many employers.  Learn more at SHRM.com READ MORE >>

USC study shows that patients overpay for drug prescriptions 23 percent of the time By Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News As a health economist, Karen Van Nuys had heard that it’s sometimes cheaper to pay cash at the pharmacy counter than to put down your insurance card and pay a copay. READ MORE >>

March 8, 2018 - Alex M. Azar II who is the Secretary of Health and Human Services made a bold speech regarding the American Healthcare System and makes no bones about it - "Change is possible, change is necessary, and change is coming." READ MORE >>

HCCI released the '2016 Health Care Costs and Utilization Report' and the results may surprise you. Total spending per person is now growing at faster rates than prior years. Spending growth in each year from 2012 to 2016 was almost entirely due to price. READ MORE >>

Provider Health Insurance Fraud Schemes, Settlements Top $310M According to HealthPayer Intelligence (January 18, 2018) Law enforcement agencies and federal healthcare administrators including HHS, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the FBI, and US Attorney's Offices across the country i... READ MORE >>

The IRS has started sending Applicable Large Employers (ALE) which are subject to Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (ESRP) notice 226J.  The notice attempts to calculate penalties based on forms 1094C and 1095C.  The notice is not a bill, but rather an attempt to confirm information based on the forms that were filed and employee tax returns. READ MORE >>

(Extensis January 8, 2018) Despite the growth within the PEO industry and the increased usage of them by small businesses, there are still some misconceptions around PEOs. One myth in particular seems to come up more often than others –  a PEO relationship and employee leasing are the same. READ MORE >>

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