Paying Employees to Sleep

By Kelly Moore | Oct 23, 2018

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

By Kelly Moore | Oct 16, 2018

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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California Expands Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement

By Kelly Moore | Oct 9, 2018

California employers have been feeling the effects of the #metoo movement for the past year, but the state you’ve grown to love (just not in that way) has recently updated its sexual harassment prevention training requirements.  Under the new law, by January 1, 2020, and once every 2 years thereafter, employers with 5 or more…

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Are the Best Applicants Ghosting You?

By Kelly Moore | Oct 2, 2018

By special guest blogger and HR expert, Lorein Brightwell, PLB Resources I’ve always said that a job search is like dating. You meet… you feel the connection…you have a great time… But even though they have your number, you never hear from them again. Sound familiar? Well, if it sounds really familiar, then you haven’t…

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Those Covered California Notices

By Kelly Moore | Sep 25, 2018

The majority of California employees get their coverage from their employers, and many of them recently received letters from Covered California (the Exchange) stating their employees received subsidies, and therefore the employer owes ACA penalties.  These notices contain demand for payment, ranging from $2,000 – $3,000 per employee.  This can add up quickly! The good…

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Managing Anthem Small Group Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

By Kelly Moore | Sep 18, 2018

Who doesn’t love a good rebate? Granted, usually you have to jump through some hoops including filling out forms, providing documentation, receipts and even sending in coupons or special activation codes. But still, it’s great getting that rebate check back, right? Well, as you may know, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established medical loss ratio…

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California: The Great Health Care Laboratory of the USA

By Kelly Moore | Sep 11, 2018

When you look around the great Golden State of California, there’s plenty to like, including our amazing weather, incredible diversity and astounding natural beauty. The federal and state governments like California too, especially when experimenting with new programs and ideas surrounding health care and health insurance. Some of these “experiments” have been ok, others have…

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Worker Satisfaction Highest Since 2005

By Kelly Moore | Sep 5, 2018

Just more than half of U.S. workers—51%—said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2017, the highest level since 2005, according to a new report from The Conference Board, a business-research group. Over the past seven years, Americans report feeling better about their pay along with a greater sense of job security, both features of…

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Texas Teacher Surprised By $109,000 ER Bill

By Kelly Moore | Aug 28, 2018

“I am stuck in the middle of this convoluted, flawed system,” says Drew Calver, popular high school history teacher and swim coach in Austin, Texas.  Last spring, Calver collapsed in his bedroom from a heart attack and was rushed to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. He lived and returned home to his life only to…

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Companies Now Offering Fur-ternity Leave for New Pet Parents

By Kelly Moore | Aug 21, 2018

When a new baby arrives, it’s a given that new parents are going to have their hands full and thus, employers allow time off to deal with that stuff and stabilize the homestead. And perhaps some of you are asking, but what about new pets? Shouldn’t there be something in there for new pet parents?…

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