Avoiding Obamacare Scammers

It’s taken almost 4 years, but the Republican party has announced plans for an alternative to Obamacare. It may prove too little too late for the oddly titled ‘Republican Study Committee’s American Healthcare Reform Act’ however, with the provisions of the Affordable Care Act due to take effect in just under a week. October 1 will mark…

Mistakes to Avoid with Employee Wellness Programs

Workplace wellness programs are an increasingly important part of the employee benefits program, designed to encourage employees to take steps to prevent the onset of worsening health conditions and eliminate unhealthy behaviours, through nutrition seminars and physical activity. While they are often touted a costly venture for employers, such investments can pay off handsomely for employers,…

FAQ on Exchange Notice Penalties

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers to provide all new hires and current employees with a written notice about the ACA’s health insurance exchanges (Exchanges), effective Oct. 1, 2013. On Sept. 11, 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) on the penalties for failing to provide an Exchange Notice.…

Backpack Safety

National Backpack Awareness Day was observed this past week on September 18th.  After a summer of sleeping in and doing things on their time, the morning alarm and school bell can be a tough transition for students going back to school. Whether they dread it or love it, the end of summer can be hectic for…

Risk Management – Predicting the Unpredictable

Michelle Symonds of TechRepublic UK recently argued that risk management fails to effectively address ‘real’ project risks, which she calls ‘the unknown unknowns.’ In her article, Michelle questions the value of Strategic Risk Management within the business, asking whether risk planning and management really serves a practical purpose, or “is it simply designed to provide a…