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January 29, 2008

Are You Ready to Implement the New FMLA Changes?

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On January 28th, President Bush signed into law a defense authorization bill (H.R. 4986) which expands the Family and Medical Leave Act. Among other things the new law expands FMLA coverage. It requires covered employers to:

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January 28, 2008

News Release: HRN Management Group Posts 24% Performance Pro Sales Growth in 2007 — by Paul H

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Salt Lake City, UT, January 28, 2008 — HRN Management Group, a developer and provider of practical and effective online human resource management products, today announced increased Performance Pro sales revenue of 24.48% in 2007 [over 2006]. Total HRN gross sales revenue increased 14.26% in 2007. In addition to new sales, high customer satisfaction significantly contributed to the successful year demonstrated by record Performance Pro annual renewal income.

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January 23, 2008

I’d Like An Ocean View Room With My Knee Replacement

Filed under: Insurance2:34 pm

You’ve no doubt seen news reports of Americans seeking medical care abroad. They’re either uninsured, underinsured, or simply trying to save money by having surgery in Latin America, Thailand, or India. As you might have guessed this trend hasn’t gone unnoticed by corporate America seeking to save money on their health care or insurance carriers hoping to roll out a new product.

According to a recent report by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 11% of surveyed employers cover medical tourism. Those surveyed were Certified Employee Benefits Specialists and therefore part of large organizations. However, don’t be surprised to see this trend extend beyond the very large companies to others seeking to find another way to control costs.

A couple of other interesting findings from the survey included the increase in coverage (from 1999-2007) in other types of care that haven’t been considered mainstream. Acupuncture coverage increased from 14% to 34%, massage therapy 8% to 13.5%, and nutrition therapy 5% to 12.8%.

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January 18, 2008

HR Fact Friday: 2007 HR Development & What to Look For in 2008

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As we start a new year it’s a good time to review workplace developments of 2007 and make sure that you’ve integrated applicable ones into your policies and practices. The following information highlights a few selected federal developments. Remember to check your state law as well. The states were very busy in 2007. In 2008 you can expect to continue to see a lot of activity on the federal and state levels that will significantly impact the workplace. Several possibilities are discussed below. In a slight modification of an old, trite saying:  nothing is certain but death, taxes, and changes in HR law.

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January 16, 2008

What’s Next? Blood Leave

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Is another form of mandatory employee leave on the horizon?  Beginning December 13, 2007 most New York employers must give employees who work 20 hours or more at least 3 hours of leave to donate blood within any 12 month period.  Illinois requires certain employers that let employees take time off to donate blood to use up to one hour of paid leave every 56 days.

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January 10, 2008

HR Fact Friday: HR Law — 2007 Developments

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As we start a new year it’s a good time to review workplace developments of 2007 and make sure that you’ve integrated applicable ones into your policies and practices. The following information highlights a few selected federal developments. Remember to check your state law as well. The states were very busy in 2007. In 2008 you can expect to continue to see a lot of activity on the federal and state levels that will significantly impact the workplace. Several possibilities are discussed below. In a slight modification of an old, trite saying: nothing is certain but death, taxes, and changes in HR law.

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January 8, 2008

Health Benefits Top Priority When Choosing an Employer

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Employers contemplating cutting back on medical benefits might want to mull this: A new survey shows that workers place an extremely high value on health care coverage.

In fact, according to a survey of 1,200 adults sponsored by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, 84 percent of the respondents said that health insurance has become a “very important” characteristic when choosing a new job.

In fact, medical insurance outranked all other 14 benefits and offerings in the survey. Remarkably, pay ranked 10th on the survey—right below “being creative and intellectually stimulated.”

Another benefit—the corporate pension plan—ranked fourth, cited by 76 percent of respondents as being most important when evaluating a potential job.


Reprinted from Workforce.com. Filed by Mark Bruno of Financial Week.

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January 4, 2008

HR Fact Friday: New Year, Same Bad Healthcare Cost News

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Cost increases for U.S. group health care plans continue to hold steady as more employers take steps to keep spending under control. Most often, employer healthcare spending controls results in higher employee out of pocket spending via higher copays and deductibles. 

Unfortunately it’s the small employers with under 200 employees that feel the rising premium affects the worse and as a result fewer and fewer are able to afford to offer employee healthcare benefits.

Group health plan costs increased 6.1 percent this year to an average of $7,983 per employee, up from $7,523 last year, according to a survey of nearly 3,000 employers released last month by Mercer.

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