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News Brief: June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month - June is National Safety Month. This campaign, put together by the National Safety Council (NSC), highlights efforts to prevent injuries and deaths inside and outside the workplace. It...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: Overview of the EEOC's workplace Guidance to Prevent Harassment

Overview of the EEOC's workplace Guidance to Prevent Harassment - On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its final guidance on harassment in the workplace, which went into...

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Legal Update: DOL Issues Guidance on AI-related Wage and Hour Risks

DOL Issues Guidance on AI-related Wage and Hour Risks - On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) No. 2024-1 on the use of artificial...

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Mental Health Minute: June 2024

The Power of Self-care - Self-care is the practice of intentionally engaging in activities that positively impact mental, physical and emotional well-being. It directly correlates to mental health, as self-care...

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Live Well, Work Well: Explore the Great Outdoors

Explore the Great Outdoors - Spending even a few moments outside daily can significantly improve your physical health by reducing muscle tension, regulating sleep and improving your work performance. Experiencing the...

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Cyber Risks & Liabilities: Cybersecurity Awareness Programs: Benefits and Implementation

Cybersecurity Awareness Programs: Benefits and Implementation - Businesses of all sizes are susceptible to cyberattacks such as phishing scams, malware attacks and ransomware schemes, which can create significant...

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News Brief: Casualty Claims Severity Significantly Outpacing Economic Inflation

Casualty Claims Severity Significantly Outpacing Economic Inflation - Claims costs for commercial auto, professional liability, product liability and directors and officers liability insurance have exceeded economic...

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Legal Update: OSHA Releases Its Injury Tracking Application 2023 Injury and Illness Data

OSHA Releases Its Injury Tracking Application 2023 Injury and Illness Data - On April 18, 2024, OSHA released the 2023 injury and illness data collected under the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness...

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Compliance Bulletin: New HIPAA Rule Will Require Updates to Privacy Notices

New HIPAA Rule Will Require Updates to Privacy Notices - On April 26, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that strengthens the HIPAA Privacy Rule by prohibiting the...

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ACA Compliance Overview: HHS’ FAQs on Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule

- - HHS’ FAQs on Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Final Rule - Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the DOL’s Final Overtime Rule

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the DOL’s Final Overtime Rule - On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend current requirements employees in white-collar...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: DOL Issues Guidance on AI and FMLA Administration

DOL Issues Guidance on AI and FMLA Administration - The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor recently published a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) warning that the use of artificial intelligence (...

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Legal Update: DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Levels for White-collar Employees

DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule Increasing Salary Levels for White-collar Employees - On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend current requirements employees in white-...

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Legal Update: HHS Finalizes Rule to Strengthen Reproductive Health Care Privacy

HHS Finalizes Rule to Strengthen Reproductive Health Care Privacy - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that strengthens the HIPAA Privacy Rule by prohibiting the disclosure of...

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Compliance Bulletin: HSA/HDHP Limits Will Increase for 2025

HSA/HDHP Limits Will Increase for 2025 - On May 9, 2024, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2024-25 to provide the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs)...

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Coverage Insights: Scheduled Versus Blanket Limits for Commercial Property Insurance

Scheduled Versus Blanket Limits for Commercial Property Insurance - Commercial property insurance is an essential form of coverage for any organization. Such a policy can provide much-needed financial protection if an...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: Preparing for the FTC’s Noncompete Ban

Preparing for the FTC’s Noncompete Ban - On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to issue a final rule that would prohibit employers from entering into or enforcing noncompete clauses with most...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: Key Provisions From the DOL’s Final Overtime Rule for White-collar Employees

Key Provisions From the DOL’s Final Overtime Rule for White-collar Employees - The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate their employees for all hours employees are “suffered or permitted” to...

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Compliance Overview: Group Health Plan Fiduciary Litigation on the Rise

Group Health Plan Fiduciary Litigation on the Rise - Enforcement of the strict standards of fiduciary conduct set forth in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has traditionally been reserved for...

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Legal Update: FTC Announces Rule Banning Noncompetes

FTC Announces Rule Banning Noncompetes - On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to issue a final rule that would ban noncompete agreements in virtually all employment relationships. The final rule...

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Legal Update: DOL Rescinds 2018 Final Rule on Association Health Plans

DOL Rescinds 2018 Final Rule on Association Health Plans - On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that rescinds in its entirety a prior 2018 final rule on association health plans (...

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Legal Update: DOL Issues Final Retirement Security Rule and Related Amendments to PTEs

DOL Issues Final Retirement Security Rule and Related Amendments to PTE - On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final retirement security rule updating the definition of an investment advice...

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Coverage Insights: Optional Commercial Property Coverage Offerings Under the BPP

Optional Commercial Property Coverage Offerings Under the BPP - Commercial property insurance provides much-needed financial protection if an organization’s property is directly damaged or destroyed by a covered peril (...

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Compliance Bulletin: Mental Health Parity Compliance Remains a Key Focus in 2024

Mental Health Parity Compliance Remains a Key Focus in 2024 - The federal government is continuing its efforts to improve access to mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care in 2024, with a top enforcement...

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News Brief: Study Shows 40% of Insured Workers Delay Health Care Due to Costs

Study Shows 40% of Insured Workers Delay Health Care Due to Cost - A study by employee health payment platform Paytient revealed the challenges Americans face with employer-sponsored insurance. Notably, 40% of workers...

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Legal Update: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Mandatory Job Transfer Can Be Discriminatory Under Title VII

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Mandatory Job Transfer Can Be Discriminatory Under Title VII - On April 17, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, holding that a...

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Work Comp Insights : How Return-to-Work Programs Impact Workers’ Compensation Expenses

How Return-to-Work Programs Impact Workers’ Compensation Expenses - Workers’ compensation expenses are determined by a wide range of factors; however, one of the most significant cost components in any workers’...

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Benefits Insights: Health​ Care Costs and Your Employee Health Plan

Health Care Costs and Your Employee Health Plan - Health care costs, and consequently employee health benefits costs, have been increasing at an alarming rate for nearly a decade. Avoiding rising health care costs is...

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Live Well, Work Well : Breaking Down Mental Health Stigma

Breaking Down Mental Health Stigma - May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a national health observance dedicated to shedding light on mental health conditions and fostering understanding and support for those...

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Mental Health Minute: May 2024

Mental Health in America and How to Get Help - More than half of adults in the United States will experience mental illness-which refers to a variety of conditions that affect one’s mood, behavior, feelings or thinking-...

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Legal Update: EEOC Releases Final Rule Implementing Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

EEOC Releases Final Rule Implementing Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - On April 15, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a final rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)...

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HR Brief: May 2024

OSHA Announces Final Rule on Worker Walkaround Representative Designation - OSHA recently announced its final rule that clarifies the rights of employees to authorize a representative to accompany an OSHA compliance...

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Cyber Risks & Liabilities: ​Cloud Security Management Explained

Cloud Security Management Explained - Cloud computing refers to a pay-per-use service that equips users with on-demand access to a range of IT resources (e.g., databases, software, servers, networking and analytics...

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Benefits and Me: May 2024

What Are Specialty Drug Benefits? - Specialty drugs, also known as specialty pharmaceuticals, are some of the most expensive prescriptions you can buy-costing up to $2,000 or more per month. Unfortunately, they may also...

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Compliance Overview: OSHA’s Worker Walkaround Designation Process Frequently Asked Questions

OSHA’s Worker Walkaround Designation Process Frequently Asked Questions - On March 29, 2024, OSHA announced its final rule that clarifies the rights of employees to authorize a nonemployee, third-party representative to...

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HR Compliance Bulletin: Preparing for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

Preparing for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule - In early March 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed overtime rule, announced in August 2023, entered its last stage of review. Publication of the final rule is...

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Compliance Bulletin: Form 5500 Deadline is July 31st

Form 5500 Deadline is July 31st - Each year, employers that are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) must electronically file an annual report (Form 5500) for each employee benefit plan...

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Legal Update: ACA Information Reporting Penalties Increased for Returns Filed in 2025

ACA Information Reporting Penalties Increased for Returns Filed in 2025 - IRS Revenue Procedure 2023-34 includes updated penalty amounts that may apply to reporting entities that fail to comply with the Affordable Care...

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Coverage Insights: Differences Between Traditional and Cyber Business Interruption Policies

- Differences Between Traditional and Cyber Business Interruption Policies - When organizations face large-scale disasters or other unexpected losses, ensuring business continuity is often a top priority. Yet, various...

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Coverage Insights: Understanding Common CGL Policy Exclusions

Understanding Common CGL Policy Exclusion - Commercial general liability (CGL) insurance is an essential form of coverage for any organization. Such a policy can provide much-needed financial protection if an...

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Know Your Insurance: Auto

Why It Can Pay to Have Uninsured Motorist Insurance - Car insurance is a vital safeguard for drivers that is often legally required by states. Specifically, auto liability insurance (a standard component of a car...

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News Brief: Vehicle Thefts Hit a New Record in 2023: NICB

Vehicle Thefts Hit a New Record in 2023: NICB - Vehicle thefts have steadily increased since 2019, rising about 1% in 2023 to 1,020,729 and setting a new record for stolen vehicles, according to new data from the...

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News Brief: Report Highlights Growing Demand for Family-friendly Benefits

- Report Highlights Growing Demand for Family-friendly Benefits - A new report released by family health benefits platform Ovia Health by Labcorp (Ovia) uncovered U.S. workers’ preferences for family-friendly workplace...

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HR Insights: 4 Ways AI Will Impact the Workplace in 2024

- 4 Ways AI Will Impact the Workplace in 2024 - Artificial intelligence (AI) garnered attention from every industry in 2023, revolutionizing the way organizations operate and make decisions. Many employers adopted this...

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Risk Insights: Health Care Industry Trends to Watch in 2024

- Health Care Industry Trends to Watch in 2024 - In recent years, the health care industry has been navigating a landscape fraught with volatility. Shifting market demands, supply chain struggles and medical inflation...

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Legal Update: New TX Law Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

- New TX Law Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates - As of Feb. 6, 2024, a new Texas law prohibits all private employers in the state from adopting or enforcing any COVID-19 vaccination mandates for workers. Covered...

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Know Your Insurance: 2024 Auto Market

Navigating the Auto Insurance Market in 2024 - Like most people, you may have seen your car insurance premiums increase this year even if you haven’t had any auto accidents in the past 12 months. The personal car...

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Know Your Insurance: Tips for Home Buyers in 2024

- Tips for Home Buyers in 2024 - For millions of Americans, home insurance remains an essential financial safeguard. These policies can provide critical financial security as homeowners seek to protect their fiscal...

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Legal Update: DOL Releases Benefit-related Penalty Amounts for 2024

- DOL Releases Benefit-related Penalty Amounts for 202 - On Jan. 11, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the 2024 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed for a wide range of...

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HR Insights: 2023 Employment Law Changes Important in 2024

- 2023 Employment Law Changes Important in 2024 - The year 2023 brought about significant shifts in the employment law landscape, impacting how organizations navigate the complex web of regulations governing workplaces....

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Work Comp Insights: Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs for Employers and Employees

- Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs for Employers and Employees - According to the National Safety Council, a worker gets hurt on the job every seven seconds. And when an employee experiences an occupational illness...

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Compliance Overview: Top Health Plan Compliance Issues for 2024

- Compliance Overview: Top Health Plan Compliance Issues for 2024 - Employers should be aware of the top compliance issues that impact their health plan coverage for 2024. Some of these compliance issues are established...

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Data Breach Class Actions Skyrocketed in 2023

- Data Breach Class Actions Skyrocketed in 2023 - Data breach class action lawsuits “exploded” in 2023, according to Duane Morris LLP’s Class Action Review 2024, becoming one of the fastest growing areas of litigation...

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5 Employment Policies to Review in 2024

- 5 Employment Policies to Review in 2024 - Employee handbooks are important tools for establishing employee expectations, addressing workplace issues and defending against potential lawsuits. Failing to update the...

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HR Insights: The Business Implications of the DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rule

The Business Implications of the DOL’s New Independent Contractor Rule - On Jan. 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule, effective March 11, 2024, revising the agency’s guidance on how to...

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Top 2024 Wellness Trends

- Top 2024 Wellness Trends - As the workplace landscape continues to evolve, so does the understanding of employee wellness. In 2024, organizations are embracing innovative strategies to prioritize their workforce's...

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Legal Update: OSHA Proposes to Issue a New Emergency Response Standard

- OSHA Proposes to Issue a New Emergency Response Standard - On Feb. 5, 2024, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to issue a new safety and health standard, titled Emergency Response, to replace the...

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Work Comp Insights: NCCI Experience Modification Factor 2024 Changes FAQs

NCCI Experience Modification Factor 2024 Changes FAQs - The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is making alterations to its experience modification factor for 2024. These changes are slated to go into...

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7 Key Employee Benefits Trends in 2024

- 7 Key Employee Benefits Trends in 2024 - Attracting and retaining employees has challenged employers since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2024, the labor market is expected to cool slightly; however,...

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Mental Health Minute - January 2024

- Mental Health Minute - January 2024 - Mental Health Benefits of a Clean, Organized Space - If you’re struggling with seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues, keeping your home...

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HR Insights: Early-career and Entry-level Development Programs to Attract Talent

- Early-career and Entry-level Development Programs to Attract Talent - In the competitive landscape of today's job market, attracting and retaining top-tier talent is a priority for organizations looking to secure...

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Legal Update: OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1

- OSHA Form 300A Posting Requirements Begin Feb. 1 - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers subject to its recordkeeping requirements to post copies of their OSHA Form 300A between ...

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News Brief: House Passes Bipartisan Act to Lower Health Care Costs and Increase Price Transparency

- House Passes Bipartisan Act to Lower Health Care Costs and Increase Price Transparency - On Dec. 11, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of health care and...

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News Brief: Workplace Fatalities Up 5.7% According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

- Workplace Fatalities Up 5.7% According to Bureau of Labor Statistics - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its 2022 national census of fatal occupational injuries. The census, which represents...

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Benefits and Risks of Rooftop Solar Panels for Commercial Properties

- Benefits and Risks of Rooftop Solar Panels for Commercial Properties - As solar rooftops become an increasingly common addition to commercial properties, businesses need to be aware of the pros and cons of this...

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Legal Update: OSHA’s Safety and Health Bulletin on Safety Helmets in the Workplace

OSHA’s Safety and Health Bulletin on Safety Helmets in the Workplace - On Nov. 22, 2023, OSHA provided a Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) on the use of safety helmets in the workplace. The SHIB provides the...

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HR Insights: 8 Tips for Modernizing Hiring in 2024

- 8 Tips for Modernizing Hiring in 2024 - As talent acquisition continues to evolve, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for organizations aiming to attract and retain top-tier talent. Last year highlighted labor...

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Live Well, Work Well - January 2024

- Live Well, Work Well - January 2024 - How to Make-and Keep-Your New Year’s Resolution - As a new year begins, you may be reflecting on the past year. This introspection is a significant first step toward selecting a...

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Benefits Breakdown - January 2024

- Benefits Breakdown - January 2024 - 4 Key Trends Driving Employer Health Care Costs in 2024 - Amid ongoing inflation pressures, employees and employers alike can expect their health care costs to increase in 2024....

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