Monthly Archives: January 2013

Making Performance Evaluations Drive Results

January 16th, 2013

A reminder of the basic purposes of performance evaluations sets the stage. Employment law attorney David Gabor of The Wagner Law Group says the process can: Push employees to improve performance Clearly communicate your expectations Hold employees and managers accountable Create metrics that link performance to compensation It’s a good idea, he suggests, to take...

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Building Good Leaders: The Role of Coaching

January 16th, 2013

Employees will walk over hot coals, figuratively speaking, for a boss they admire and respect. Such leaders can be hard to find, however. If you aren’t already over-supplied with them, you can play a role in turning that around. But your own ideas about what makes a good boss might be at odds with your...

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HHS Issues Guidance on Health Plan Reinsurance Contributions

January 16th, 2013

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released proposed regulations regarding the estimated amount of annual contributions that are required to be paid to them from employer-sponsored group health plans to finance state transitional reinsurance programs.  The reinsurance programs are intended to help stabilize premiums...

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Standard Mileage Rates Announced for 2013

January 16th, 2013

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of both the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, while only variable...

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Bulletin from the Illinois Department of Insurance

January 9th, 2013

From the desk of Andrew Boron, Director of Insurance at the Illinois Department of Insurance, comes a bulletin regarding rebating, value-added services, charitable contributions, consumer gifts and referral fees. This document is important for all producers and insurers in the state of Illinois to review. Originally posted December 19, 2012, click here to view the...

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