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Congress faces pressure to resolve multiemployer pension woes

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

When federal lawmakers passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 1974, they put aside a key issue affecting a big slice of the pension universe: multiemployer plans.

Landmark ERISA pension reform law sees mixed results 40 years after implementation

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Forty years after President Gerald Ford signed the first comprehensive pension reform bill into law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act has produced successes and failures.

Florida exclusive remedy ruling may upend workers compensation system

By: Sheena Harrison

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Injured workers in Florida might be able to receive both workers compensation benefits and civil liability damages should an appeal filed last week by the Florida attorney general’s office fail to overturn a ruling that declared the state’s exclusive remedy provision unconstitutional.

GALLERY: ERISA timeline

Published August 31, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Since ERISA was enacted 40 years ago, lawmakers have made numerous changes to the statute. This slideshow chronicles some key revisions and amendments.

IRS issues draft copies of health care coverage reporting forms

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 29, 2014 - 2:54pm CST

The Internal Revenue Service has issued draft copies of the health care coverage forms employers will have to provide to full-time employees and to the IRS starting in 2016.

Flexible spending account cap expected to rise in 2015

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 29, 2014 - 2:49pm CST

The maximum contribution employees will be able to make to their flexible spending accounts is expected to rise in 2015 by $50 to $2,550, according to Buck Consultants at Xerox calculations.

Washington health exchange plans double; average rates rise 1.9%

By: Rachel Landen, Modern Healthcare

Published August 28, 2014 - 2:35pm CST

Consumers in Washington state will have more choices in health plans next year and at rates lower than initially proposed, according to information made public by the state's Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Cincinnati to cover employee gender reassignment surgery

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 28, 2014 - 1:20pm CST

Cincinnati will offer coverage for medically necessary transgender procedures under its employee health care plans beginning in 2015, according to city officials.

HealthCare.gov to be run by Connecticut exchange leader

By: Darius Tahir, Modern Healthcare

Published August 26, 2014 - 3:57pm CST

The leader of one of the most successful state-based insurance exchanges will head to Washington to become CEO of the federal marketplace. The CMS named Connecticut's Kevin Counihan to the newly created post on Tuesday.

NCCI proposes 2.5% workers comp rate decrease for Florida in 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 26, 2014 - 12:25pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a statewide workers compensation rate decrease in Florida for the first time in four years, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation said.

Obama administration floats new prescription contraceptive rules

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 22, 2014 - 3:09pm CST

The Obama administration sought to end a long-running controversy by proposing new ways to enable employees of nonprofit religiously affiliated organizations for prescription contraceptives.

Judge strikes down Florida ban on same-sex marriage

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 22, 2014 - 12:13pm CST

A federal judge has struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.

West Palm Beach, Fla., contractors must offer domestic partner benefits

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 19, 2014 - 3:02pm CST

City commissioners in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance requiring private companies that contract with the city to provide equal benefits for domestic partners.

Oklahoma firms consider private coverage in wake of landmark workers comp law

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 17, 2014 - 6:00am CST

At least seven Oklahoma employers have opted out of the state's workers comp system since a new law went into effect, and more are considering the move to private coverage allowed under the landmark legislation.

New federal pension law delays higher employer contributions until 2018

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 17, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Employers can reduce their contributions to employee pension plans this year thanks to a new federal law allowing them to assume higher interest rates in valuing the size of their defined benefit plan liabilities.

Oklahoma’s new administrative system cuts number of disputed workers comp cases

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 17, 2014 - 6:00am CST

As part of a new law that allows certain Oklahoma employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system, a three-member Workers' Compensation Commission has been established as has an administrative dispute resolution process.

Benefits administration vendors retool to help firms comply with reporting rules

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published August 17, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Providers of benefits administration outsourcing services are scrambling to help employers comply with upcoming tax reporting requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but few can transmit that information directly to the IRS.

Health reform law effects will trickle down to workers comp: Doctor

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published August 15, 2014 - 1:16pm CST

LAS VEGAS — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act makes little mention of workers compensation, but the law will indirectly affect workers comp systems nationwide in both negative and positive ways.

Stockton, Calif., amends bankruptcy plan, but pension issue hovers

Published August 13, 2014 - 9:41am CST

(Reuters) — The bankrupt city of Stockton, California, has submitted a revised plan to exit Chapter 9 that reflects a ruling over the value of a holdout creditor's collateral, but a question still looms over whether public pensions will be cut.

Massachusetts employer health insurance penalty set for repeal

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 12, 2014 - 1:26pm CST

A Massachusetts health reform law board is scheduled to vote for the final time to repeal regulations relating to a state statute that required employers to either offer health care coverage to their employees or pay a fine.

Medical autonomy not violated by ACA's individual health insurance mandate: Court

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 08, 2014 - 11:02am CST

A key health care reform law provision that requires individuals to purchase coverage or pay a financial penalty does not violate their constitutional right to make their own medical decisions.

FMLA-related notices should not be sent by regular mail: Court

By: Judy Greenwald

Published August 07, 2014 - 3:02pm CST

Employers should not be sending mandated FMLA notices by regular mail, says an appeals court in reversing a ruling in which an employee claimed she had never received the notice.

Ruling opening up captives to fund benefits hits 35th anniversary

By: Jerry Geisel

Published August 07, 2014 - 2:11pm CST

Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of a U.S. Department of Labor ruling that opened the door for employers to use their captive insurance companies to fund employee benefit risks.

R.J. Reynolds must prove 401(k) plan changes didn't hurt participants: Court

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 06, 2014 - 8:49am CST

A federal appeals court has ruled that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will have to present additional evidence to prove that its decision to liquidate two funds in its 401(k) retirement plan did not adversely impact participants.

Utah asks Supreme Court to rule on state's ban on same-sex marriages

By: Matt Dunning

Published August 05, 2014 - 3:14pm CST

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether Utah's law banning same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

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