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Happy with Benefits, Happy at Work
American workers are split over having their employer choose their benefits providers, and think paying the full cost of any voluntary benefits is a disadvantage

2016 Health Costs Forecast to Rise 4.3% After Changes
The shift to higher deductible plans with health savings accounts is gaining momentum, although most employees opt for traditional plans when given a choice.

Slower Rate Hikes; Deductibles Doubled Over 5 Years
Employees are seeing modest health plan premium rate increases but their out-of-pocket costs continued to rise sharply. And cost shift to employees, especially families, isn’t likely to end soon.

When Is a Privately Held Business ESOP-Ready?
An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) can provide significant benefits to shareholders, management and employees of a privately owned business. Here are steps for assessing feasibility and setting one up.

In Focus: Parental Leave Takes Center Stage
A roundup of recent stories that delve into why expanded parental leave has become such a hot benefits topic.

IRS Mission: Make ACA Reporting Top-of-Mind
The IRS is in education overdrive to help HR pros pinpoint compliance information as they get ready to distribute new ACA forms to employees at the end of January. Bookmark these pages for Form 1095-C guidance, and to give feedback to the IRS on its new e-filing system.

ACA Information Reporting: Insights for the Journey
The ACA requires large employers to track their employees’ full-time status and report offers of coverage and enrollment information to the IRS. Here is an overview of these requirements—and practical considerations for implementing them.

Carving Out Spousal Benefits: Cost-Cutting, with Repercussions
Employers that “carve out” spousal coverage from their health plans could potentially generate big savings. But there are compelling reasons why so few have taken this step.


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View detailed summaries of the best pay and benefits stories on the web via SHRM Online's Comp & Benefits Newswire, updated throughout the week. Newly added:

Patients Want to Price Shop but Need Reliable Tools....

Rates Increase Less for Narrow Network Plans....

3 Models for Offering Parental Leave....


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