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DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan and group health plan …

HR Newsletter June 2018

Legal Updates and Reminders: May 17, 2018: The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act was signed into law. This law amends the SC Human Affairs Law, and requires SC employers with 15 or more employees to make facilities readily accessible for and provide reasonable accommodations to employees with “medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related …

CHOA UHC Update

What follows is an informational press release from United Healthcare regarding their negotiations with CHOA’s Physicians Group.  The Benefit Company will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as soon as they become available.    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Physicians’ Contract Negotiation Update with United Healthcare   We want to let you know that …

Is HR in Love with the Status Quo?

By Jack W. Bruce, SPHR, SHRM-SCP As a credentialed HR professional, I take note of any sweeping statement attempting to put us in pigeonholes — particularly if they lump us together with some unfavorable trait. At a recent gathering, I heard the speaker confidently refer to HR as the “Business Preventive Group.” What this speaker …

UBA Partner Firm Principal of the Year

Graciously accepting the Principal of the year award was John Hearn, Principal of The Benefit Company, and UBA Board Secretary and Treasurer. John humbly and modestly acknowledged the recognition for his countless hours of dedicated service to the Partnership. But in true UBA fashion, John respectfully declined the award to recognize his fellow UBA peer …

High Drug Prices

Recently, 60 Minutes hosted an expose’ about healthcare cost increases which are driven by waste/price manipulation in the pharmaceutical industry.  Please click on the below link to view a brief/informative documentary on the subject,.   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-problem-with-prescription-drug-prices/   You may want to know what strategies can be deployed to address this issue. First, every employer’s situation …

human resources news may 2018

Legal and Regulatory Updates: EEO-1 Filing: Initially postponed from September 2017 until March 31, 2018, the filing deadline has now been extended to June 1, 2018 for employers required to file one. Fully-Staffed NLRB (finally): On April 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed Republican John Ring as a member of the NLRB, and he was quickly …

BCBSGa & Piedmont Healthcare Reach Agreement

We are pleased to let you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. (collectively “BCBSGa”) have reached a new multi-year agreement with Piedmont Healthcare, Inc. and Piedmont Clinic Physician Practices (collectively “Piedmont”).   The thousands of businesses and 3.5 million consumers we …

The Surprising Role Forgiveness Plays in Employee Wellness

Forgiveness. It’s a frequent point of discussion in religious settings, but does it belong in the workplace? Within two minutes, I hope you find the answer to be YES as we discover that forgiveness is an essential component of well-being and, like gratitude, belongs in our employee wellness strategies. Certainly, a work environment would be …