Posts by Kelly Moore

IRS Extends Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting Deadline

Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the busy little elves at the Internal Revenue Service have moved back the employers’ deadline to furnish employees with Forms 1095-C and 1095-B. Not quite a Christmas miracle, but we’ll take it, right? Here’s what you need to know: Employers with 50 or more full-time employees…

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Best Buy Boosts Employee Retention Through Benefits

People ask us all the time, does offering better employee benefits REALLY matter? Well, Best Buy thinks so. Best Buy cut staff turnover by 14 percentage points over the past four years, from 46 percent in 2014, to 32 percent in 2017. This is well below the average retail turnover rate of 60 percent, according…

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CVS-Aetna Merger Closing This Week

Well, it’s been about a year since CVS Health and Aetna announced their $69 billion plan to join forces and now it seems the state of New York, one of the last holdouts against the deal, has finally given the go-ahead. But there were some conditions including limits on health insurance premium increases as well…

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Health Care Companies Using AI Isn’t Half as Creepy as You Think

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine-language learning get a bit of a bad reputation because most stories you hear about them are either very cautious or downright negative. But some health insurance companies today are using artificial intelligence and machine learning in ways not possible just five years ago to better pinpoint at-risk individuals, reduce costs…

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A Scary Story about Paper Cups

Do you know what’s REALLY scary? Some people at YOUR office when they haven’t had their morning coffee! And there’s a fierce battle brewing over YOUR cup of coffee. The Wall Street Journal reports that like plastic cups, paper cups with bonded plastic lining are now coming under heavy scrutiny by regulators. You might have…

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Paying Employees to Sleep

Let’s face it, sleep is glorious. But not everyone gets enough. And in the workplace, that simple fact can translate to lost productivity…and lost money. The Rand Corporation recently stated that the U.S. loses $441 billion (or 2.28 percent of GDP) due to workers’ insufficient sleep habits. But an innovative wedding planning company in Japan, Crazy…

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Drugmakers Will Soon Include Pricing in TV Ads

You really can’t watch TV anymore without being fully educated on the myriad of conditions and ailments out there from itchy, dry skin to bladder control and lots of things you can’t really understand unless it affects you. And all of the TV ads feature people just like living life in a fun sort of…

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