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 Benefit Limits and Contributions - Amounts set by Canadian government
 Financial Education/Retirement Security
 Health Benefit Costs - Typical costs for employer-provided health benefits
 Health Care Literacy Resources
 Health Care Spending Accounts
 Mental Health in the Workplace
 Parental and Maternity Leave - Leave laws in Canada
 Pension Plans - Types of pension plans offered in Canada
 Pension Reform
 Pooled Registered Pension Plans
 Prescription Drug Coverage and Costs
 Salary Increases - Annual projections for salary increases in Canada
 Tax-Free Savings Accounts
 Wellness Programs


 Salary Increases - Annual projections for salary increases in the U.S.
 Salary Survey Data - Resource list of salary data

Flexible Benefit Plans

 Eligible Medical Expenses - What can be reimbursed from FSAs and HRAs
 Mid-Year Election Changes - Change in status, cost and coverage rules for flexible benefit plans
 Nondiscrimination Rules and Testing for Flexible Benefit Plans - Overview

General Benefits

 Adoption Benefits
 Attorney Lists and Directories
 Attorneys - Selecting and monitoring
 Auditors - Selecting and monitoring
 Benefits Consultants - Selecting and monitoring
 Common Law Marriage - States that recognize common law marriage
 Communication of Benefits
 Commuter Benefits - Benefits for mass transit, parking, vanpooling & carpooling
 Domestic Partner and Same-Sex Marriage Benefits
 Education Assistance Plans - Prevalence and typical provisions
 Family and Medical Leave Act
 Fiduciary Responsibility – Duties under ERISA
 Insurance Brokers - Selecting and monitoring
 Insurance Company Ratings - Sources for insurance company ratings
 Internal Controls for Benefit Plans
 Investment Management Consultants - Selecting and monitoring
 Investment Managers - Selecting and monitoring
 Mergers and Acquisitions - Benefits issues
 Military Leave and Benefit Plans
 Nondiscrimination Rules for Welfare Plans
 Paid Family Leave - Includes parental and other caregiving leave
 Paid Time Off Banks - Prevalence and overview
 Records Retention Requirements for Benefit Plans
 Reporting & Disclosure Calendars
 Section 409A - Nonqualified deferred compensation rules
 Severance Pay - Typical severance pay
 Summary Plan Description (SPD) Requirements
 Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) - State mandates
 Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and Recordkeepers - Selecting and monitoring
 Year-End Compliance Checklists

Health Care

 Affordable Care Act (ACA)
 Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - Employer requirements
 COBRA - Overview
 COBRA Qualifying Events - What events necessitate an offer of COBRA continuation coverage?
 COBRA Recordkeeping Requirements - How long must records be kept for COBRA purposes?
 Dependent Eligibility Audits - How to make sure a health plan only covers eligible dependents
 Disease Management - Integrated approach to controlling chronic health conditions
 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
 Health Care Cost Sharing - Typical cost sharing amounts for premiums, deductibles, copays
 Health Care Costs - Typical costs for employer-provided health care benefits
 Health Care Literacy Resources
 Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)
 Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
 HIPAA Privacy and Security
 Medical Tourism/Travel
 Medicare Secondary Payer Rules
 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
 Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) - Overview
 Onsite Medical Clinics - Effectiveness as a cost management technique
 Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs)
 Prescription Drug Cost Management
 Retiree Health Care - Prevalence and current issues
 Self-Funding of Health Care Benefits
 Smokers' Premiums - Charging a higher share of health insurance premiums
 Spousal Carve Outs and Surcharges - Spouses with coverage elsewhere pay more or are not covered
 State Mandated Benefits
 Value-Based Health Care
 Wellness Program Incentives - Regulations, advice, trends
 Wellness Programs VOI/ROI

Human Resources

 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act
 Presenteeism - Productivity loss due to sick or distracted employees at work
 Reductions in Workforce

Multiemployer Plans

 Collection Procedures - Procedures for the collection of employer contributions
 Fiduciary Liability Insurance - Description and importance for trustees
 Mergers of Multiemployer Plans
 Multiemployer Benefit Plans - Basics
 Multiemployer Pension Plan Funding Status
 Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA)
 Nonbargaining Unit Employees - Including nonbargaining unit employees in benefit plans
 Payroll Audits - Auditing payroll records to verify employer contributions
 Suspension of Pension Benefits - Rules for suspending pension benefits upon employment after retirement
 Trustee Expenses - Guidelines on reimbursement
 Withdrawal Liability - Liability assumed when an employer withdraws from a multiemployer pension plan

Public Employee Plans

 GASB Pension Standards
 GASB Postemployment Benefits Other Than Pensions (OPEB) - How this accounting standard affects postretirement benefit liabilities
 Health Benefit Plan Survey Data
 Pension Plan Survey Data

Retirement Plans

 401(k) Plans - Investment Menus
 401(k) Plans - Survey Data
 Converting Defined Benefit Plans to Defined Contribution Plans
 Locating Missing Participants - Overview
 Pension Plan Directories - Where to find lists of pension plans
 Phased Retirement

Retirement Security and Planning

 Financial Literacy/Retirement Planning - Informational resources
 Magic of Compounding - Demonstrations that a small amount of savings can grow over time
 Retirement Security

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