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Understanding M & G Polymers v. Tackett|
by Neal S. Schelberg, Lisa A. Schlesinger and Yoni L. Grossman-Boder
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January will have a significant impact on collectively bargained retiree health care benefits. If it is the bargaining parties’ intent that these benefits are to be vested for life, the written agreement should say so explicitly.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act|
by Gregory A. Storm and Joseph A. Brislin
This update on the Affordable Care Act was written as a supplement to the late Joseph A. Brislin’s book,
Multiemployer Plans: A Guide for New Trustees, Third Edition, published by the International Foundation in 2014.
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Obama’s “Year of Action” and What It Means for Employers|
by Brett E. Coburn and Kristen W. Fox
Stymied by Congress in efforts to pass legislation such as the Fair Minimum Wage and Paycheck Fairness Acts, President Obama has been using his executive powers to impact employment laws. Additional executive action may be on the way.
by Paul A. Green
The bankruptcy process can seem mysterious—especially to someone caught up in it. This article explains the process, highlighting key aspects of filing claims and timing. Important terms are defined in a sidebar.
Pension Derisking Strategies on the Rise|
by Keith Panetta and Tobiah Mintz
Plan sponsors are increasingly wondering if pension derisking is right for them. This article provides a high-level overview of derisking strategies and an in-depth look at one strategy that to date has garnered the most interest.
ACA Expands Employee Protection for Blowing the Whistle|
by Denise M. Keyser and Mark F. Kowal
The Affordable Care Act includes broad whistleblower protections for employees who report violations of requirements to provide preventive services, prohibitions on lifetime limits and preexisting condition exclusions, and other aspects of ACA. In 2014, antiretaliation provisions will also apply to group health plans and health insurance issuers.
Communicating ACA to Participants|
by Harry Gottlieb
Answering participant questions about how health care reform might affect them may best be done through short, clear and simple communications. The author describes a few of the terms participants may ask about.
Fringe Benefit: For a Healthier New Year|
by Dr. Andrew Weil
Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, was a keynote speaker at the International Foundation’s 58th Annual Employee Benefits Conference last November in San Diego, California.
Benefits Magazine asked him to suggest resolutions for a healthier 2013.
Understanding What Employees Really Value|
by Tom McMullen and Jeffrey Blair
Faced with competition to attract and keep key talent, employers may want to focus on factors such as career development opportunities, meaningful job designs, improved work climates and nonfinancial recognition programs that make work more meaningful and rewarding.
Asset Allocation Trends for Defined Benefit Plans
by Robert J. Waid and Bahman Engheta, Ph.D.
Defined benefit plans have increasingly become more global in their asset allocations to equities, at the expense of U.S. equities. That’s one of the main trends observed by Wilshire TUCS®.
Global Market Outlook|
by Dan Morris
An economist writes about his expectations for global markets, based on his presentation in April at the Investments Institute.
New DOL Service Provider Disclosure Rules Finalized
by Anusha Rasalingam
By July 1, 2012, covered service providers to ERISA pension plans must make initial disclosures about the services they provide and the fees they charge—part of DOL’s continuing efforts to increase transparency in ERISA plans.
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