A new report issued by the Employee Benefit Research Institute shows that Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA’s) grew in popularity in 2011. Paul Fronstin, “Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Arrangements: Assets,
Account Balances, and Rollovers, 2006–2011,” EBRI Issue Brief, no. 367, January 2012.  The report shows that the number of

The Internal Revenue Service had some activity this past week that employers should keep an eye on.  One was a new “Tax Gap” study, which analyzed the 2006 tax year. It found that overall compliance was statistically unchanged from 2001.  Initial compliance was slightly better, but within the statistical margin for error, while payment

Last week, I was asked to write about our firm’s efforts to figure out what to do about our health insurance and health care program as we prepare for the effective date of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The result was published in the Washington Post here.  The bottom line is that

In 1987, the NLRB held that a newspaper did not have to bargain with a union over its ethics policy, on the grounds that ensuring public confidence in its news reporting was a “core function” of the paper. Peerless Publications, 283 NLRB 334 (1987).  In 2006, Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle unilaterally implemented an

The federal government has encouraged employers to implement incentive-based wellness programs as one way to cut into ever-growing health care costs.  These programs provide financial incentives for employees who participate and, in some cases, achieve certain healthy criteria, such as maintaining a healthy BMI and cholesterol level.

Employers who have taken this route have found themselves