3 Millennial Health Conditions on the Rise

Individuals born between 1981 and 1996 have their fair share of obstacles. They struggle with stagnant wages, overwhelming debt and a higher cost of living. A recent report also suggests they’re experiencing an increasing number of mental and physical health concerns. To combat this dangerous trend, millennials are encouraged to take preventative measures to decrease … Continue reading 3 Millennial Health Conditions on the Rise

DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way

Lowest Unemployment in Decades

Job figures continued to rise in April, officially bringing unemployment to its lowest in 50 years—3.6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Primary job gains occurred in the health and business services sectors, with respectable growth in construction as well. With over 150,000 jobs being added each month, on average, employment growth shows … Continue reading Lowest Unemployment in Decades

DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

In the growing “gig economy,” individuals perform jobs on a one-off or short-term basis, typically through an online application or job marketplace. On April 29, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing whether individuals working for a virtual marketplace company (VMC) are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification

Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would be applicable for the 2020 benefit year. Standards included in the rule relate to: Annual limitations on cost sharing … Continue reading Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020