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Earth Day is an opportunity to reflect on one of the few things that every person, past and present, has in common: our beautiful planet. With our busy schedules and hectic lives, it’s easy to forget how our actions affect the Earth, but we all have a responsibility to cherish and protect our planet – and not just on Earth Day.

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued final regulations on disability claims procedures which apply to disability claims filed on or after April 1, 2018 for ERISA plans that condition benefits or vesting on a determination of disability. The purpose of this bulletin is to assist employers/plan sponsors with the process which “may” be necessary with regard to plan amendment.

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How do you typically start your work day? For most, checking e-mail is an early-morning ritual (sometimes before they even get out of bed). We are fortunate to work in a world of rapid, electronic communication. It helps us get the job done faster. While e-mail may provide us with a quick and easy way to communicate, it also provides cybercriminals with a quick and easy way to target unsuspecting victims.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently prescribed new mortality tables for purposes of calculating minimum required contributions according to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 430 and minimum lump-sum amounts under IRC Section 417(e)(3) for qualified single employer pension plans. These regulations are applicable for plan years beginning in 2018. The prescribed tables include an update of the base mortality table to the RP-2014 tables, as well as an update of the improvement scale to the MP-2016 scale.

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Summer has a distinct sound – hamburgers sizzling on grills, music playing at outdoor festivals and bats crashing into baseballs. You’ll also likely hear the crack of thunder, the howl of strong winds and the clink-clink-clink of hail (probably bouncing off your roof or car). Inclement summer weather is unavoidable in many areas of the country, and people are often left with a sinking feeling as they are forced to listen to their homes and automobiles weather a severe storm. If you’ve ever experienced this, your first thoughts were probably about the deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies.

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The first half of 2017 was marked by significant loss – not only in dollars, but, more tragically, lives as well. Three tornado outbreaks ripped through various parts of the country, resulting in over $3 billion of damage. Parts of California experienced severe flooding after a massive rainfall that caused a $1 billion loss. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria triggered one of the most destructive hurricane seasons in history. Needless to say, 2017 has not been good to the insurance industry from a global perspective. The U.S. property and casualty industry has recorded a net underwriting loss of $5.1 billion for the first six months of 2017, compared to only $2 billion for the same period in 2016.¹

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On March 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had published Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) 2018-10, which contains Revenue Procedure (Rev. Proc.) 2018-18. The effect of this announcement is a decrease in maximum Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions and adoption limits.

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To remain competitive in today’s labor market, employers are constantly looking for avenues to attract, retain and reward key executives. They need options that will not only appeal to their employees, but also align with the company’s strategic plans and long-term goals. Certain benefit plans, such as the 162 Bonus Plan, when structured properly, have the ability to provide advantages to both employers and employees.

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We get it – life insurance can be confusing. With so many different coverage options, it’s often difficult to know what is right for you or fully understand the policy you’ve already purchased. In very broad terms, there are two types of life insurance contracts: 1) term insurance; and 2) permanent insurance policies, such as universal life insurance.

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Company culture and employer branding go hand in hand. But which is which? Are they the same? Company culture can be defined as the shared beliefs, values and practices of an organization. Employer brand is how a company is perceived as an employer and what value it provides to attract and retain employees.

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