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The 2015 ABCs of Employee Benefits

Given the tremendous amount of activity and volatility in the employee benefits space, 2015's version of EBN's annual benefits ABCs can be summed up in one sentence: Surround yourself with quality, interested and engaged help or else it will be a very long and painful year. Read more.

Form 5500 Changes Coming

Government regulators, hoping for a clearer picture on the condition of retirement plans, have announced changes to the Form 5500 and its short-form cousin that include estimates of an employer’s annual contributions to a plan. Read more.

How the Feds may Shop for Health Benefits

The agency that manages health benefits and other benefits for federal employees, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), wants to find a way to pay for health benefits based partly on health plan performance. OPM has described the performance-based approach to paying for Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program coverage in a recent batch of draft regulations. Read more.

OFCCP Announces Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has announced a Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13672, which extends workplace protections to employees in the federal contracting workplace on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more.

Obamacare Creates Boom for Federal Contractors

Health and Human Services (HHS) is now the No. 3 contracting agency, thanks to health-law spending combined with outlays for computer upgrades and Medicare’s drug program that grew during the administration of George W. Bush. HHS outranks NASA and the Department of Homeland Security in business deals and spends more than the departments of Justice, Transportation, Treasury and Agriculture combined, federal data show. Read more.

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