Obama Wins Re-election: Health Care Reform Law Here to Stay

After hard-fought campaigns by both candidates, President Barack Obama has been re-elected for a second term in office. Obama’s victory in the election, along with last summer’s Supreme Court decision upholding the health care reform law, cements the Democratic Party’s dedication to the legislation. While opponents of the law have called for its repeal, health ...
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HIPAA Administrative Simplification Enforcement

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) are responsible for the enforcement of HIPAA’s administrative simplification provisions, including the Privacy and Security Rules. HHS issued its original enforcement regulations for HIPAA’s administrative simplification provisions in 2006. In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ...
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FMLA and Workers’ Compensation: FAQ

Employees that suffer a serious health condition as a result of their employment may be covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state workers’ compensation laws. In November 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued updated regulations under the FMLA. In addition to other topics, the regulations address the interplay ...
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Effective Health Plan Renewals

Whether you are looking for a new employee health plan or renewing your current plan, careful preparation can make your health plan renewals more effective. Being prepared means knowing your situation and what alternatives exist, to select the best plan for your company and employees. Consider the following when planning your health plan renewals. Understand ...
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The Benefits of Physical Activity

Research shows that those who are physically activity are likely to live longer, healthier lives. The benefits of physical activity include: • Weight maintenance • Reduced blood pressure • Improved glucose regulation • Stronger bone density Also, a person who has hypertension, diabetes or a history of smoking can greatly benefit from including regular physical ...
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Developing a Training Program

In order for any business to be successful, it is essential that its employees possess the proper skill sets to do their jobs at a high level. Since most employees do not enter a company completely equipped to fit their new position, training is very important. Though many employers view training as simply a burdensome ...
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Employee Benefits Compliance Checklist for Small Employers

Federal law imposes numerous requirements on the group health coverage that employers decide to provide to their employees. Many federal compliance laws apply to all group health plans, regardless of the size of the sponsoring employer. However, there are some compliance exceptions for group health coverage provided by small employers. For this purpose, a small ...
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Securing the Premises

Protecting your property against theft, vandalism and damage is one of the best measures you can take in preserving your investment. First, conduct a building survey to identify the areas in which you could be vulnerable. Then, install deterrents to protect your investment, such as perimeter protection, gates and locks and alarm systems. Consider these ...
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Preventing e-Commerce Fraud

Conducting business online presents countless opportunities to enhance customer relationships, attract new business and increase revenue. However, without the security of a physical credit card and signature verification, cyber thieves have an advantage and opportunities for fraud. It is up to the e-commerce merchant to apply the right tools and controls to verify cardholder identity ...
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