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September 12, 2014
Student debt threatens retirement for swelling numbers
The GAO report says that from 2002 through 2013, the overall number of individuals whose Social Security benefits were adjusted to pay for loan debt increased five-fold, from roughly 31,000 to 155,000. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
Paid sick leave law signed in California
California employers of all sizes have a bit less than a year to prepare for a new law to take effect that requires them to provide paid sick leave to employees.... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
PPACA hasn’t helped kids’ uninsured rate
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has cut the nation’s uninsured rate for nearly every demographic. But the law’s impact has one exception: kids.... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
HHS announces funds to enroll minorities in PPACA
The Obama administration Thursday announced $3.2 million in funding to help racial and ethnic minorities enroll in health coverage under PPACA. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
The 10 slimmest states in the nation
Now that we’ve highlighted the biggest losers, what are the nation’s slimmest states, relatively speaking? Well, go west (with a little Northeast sprinkled in for good measure). ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
Implications for ERISA in denial of benefits case
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a lower-court ERISA-related decision that upheld a fiduciary’s benefit denial in a ruling that could reach into other areas of benefit law. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
Hatch retirement overhaul earns top marks
The senator's proposed Secure Annuities for Employee Retirement Act received an A in all seven areas graded by the Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan think-tank. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
Labor less expensive in Q2
The average cost of benefits per hour was slightly more than 30 percent of the total cost of compensation. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
‘Ban the box’ movement picks up steam
“Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” Some form of that question, until recently, was almost universally part of any job application. But a new movement, known as “ban the box,” is working to make this question a thing of the past, at least on job applications. ... Full Story
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September 12, 2014
Retirement reality bites for Gen Xers [infographic]
While some of Gen Xers will start turning 50 next year, only one in four say that saving for retirement is their greatest financial priority right now. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
Should pension plans take on BBB-rated investments?
Standish Mellon argues that certain “BBB”-rated paper can lead to improved diversification and better returns. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
6 biggest employer struggles
There’s a major opportunity for productivity and employee engagement, but according to new research from Oxford Economics, most companies are unprepared to capitalize on it. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
ERISA amendment would save sponsors millions
The amendment also would raise federal government tax revenues by $14 million between 2015 and 2024, the CBO said. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
7 sins of wellness programs
Wellness engagement has been a tricky quality to define, and even harder to achieve. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
Wellpoint, Blues dominate PPACA exchanges
“The Blues and WellPoint approached the exchange market aggressively in 2014,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health. ... Full Story
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September 11, 2014
Insecurity about retirement rises around the world
Depending on where in the world they live, workers have very different views on retirement — not just on when to retire and what to expect during retirement, but how many years they can finance with retirement savings.... Full Story
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