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HHS report outlines effects of health reform law

October 4th, 2011

One year after many of health reform provisions took effect, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report summarizing some of the results of the September 2010 implementation of provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The report calls these provisions the “Patient’s Bill of Rights.”
According to the report, [Read more...]

Due date for VETS-100/100A filings extended for second time due to technical problems; reporting to begin November 1 with December 30 deadline

October 3rd, 2011

Due to continuing technical problems, the filing deadline for the 2011 VETS-100 and VETS-100A Report has been extended for a second time, according to an updated announcement on the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) website; the deadline is now December 30, 2011. Under normal circumstances, the VETS-100/VETS-100A reporting cycle begins on [Read more...]

Mercer survey reveals sharply lower economic outlook yet greater commitment to retirement saving among benefit plan participants

October 3rd, 2011

Mercer’s US Outsourcing business has announced results from its annual, nationally representative Mercer Workplace Survey™, which showed that US benefit plan participants are dramatically more pessimistic about their economic expectations than just one year ago. In fact, the percentage of participants expecting a recession has nearly doubled (42 percent versus 23 percent in 2010). Participants [Read more...]

Justice Department, NFIB, 26 states ask Supreme Court to review health reform law

September 30th, 2011

Both sides involved in an Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have appealed their cases to the Supreme Court.
In a surprising quick move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review the 2-1 decision of the Eleventh Circuit striking [Read more...]

Executives say poor skills fit most common reason new hires don’t work out

September 30th, 2011

For employers, determining a job applicant’s skills fit is a skill in itself –and one that, research suggests, isn’t so easy to master. In a Robert Half Finance & Accounting survey, more than one-third (36 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said the top factor leading to a failed hire, aside from performance issues, [Read more...]