Michael Giardina

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IRS increases allowable 401(k) contribution levels
October 24, 2014
Thanks to new cost-of-living adjustments, the Internal Revenue Service is allowing the American workforce to save a bit more...

Weight management programs suffer from lack of innovation
October 23, 2014
With more than one-third of U.S. adults being obese, employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role...

EAPs take on expanded role with ACA
October 22, 2014
With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act,...

The risks of maintaining grandfathered health plan status
October 21, 2014
For employers fighting to maintain grandfathered status, consultants and benefit managers predict the Affordable Care Act’s...

Public and union employers’ attack plan for ACA excise tax
October 17, 2014
With visions of the ACA's Cadillac tax on the 2018 horizon, major employers are already making arrangements to soften the blow...

Post-PPA: What’s in store for plan sponsors
October 15, 2014
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 has helped to reduce costs and limit liabilities for multiemployer plans. But the landmark...

EBSA chief accountant: Hire the right auditor to avoid DOL audits
October 14, 2014
The quality of Form 5500 reporting depends entirely on whether benefit managers and plan fiduciaries select qualified auditors...

Health care data breaches impact employers, benefits security
October 14, 2014
Given the past high-profile data security breaches at large retailers Target and Home Depot, legal officials maintain there...

Coal mining company tackles health care spending with telehealth, nurse practitioners
October 10, 2014
At Alliance Resource Partners, 4% of the workforce is responsible for roughly 45% of the company's annual health care spend....

Lafarge U.S. launches voluntary benefits strategy to delay ACA excise tax
October 9, 2014
With the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax just around the corner, some employers may be struggling with how to maintain the...

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