Revving up for ‘Obamacare’ assault, optimism peaks & 2013 HSA limits projected: This Week in Benefits

A round-up of the week’s employee benefits news, reports and controversy from around the web

 

Recommended reads from around the web

Your perks aren’t motivating your employees (Inc.)

The end of Wall Street as they knew it (The New Yorker)

Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK: How to survive the economic collapse and be happy (IEET)

Retirement advising prerequisite: Psych 101 (Reuters)

Stephen Colbert takes FMLA leave; Will his “key employee” status affect his return? (FMLA Insights)

SCOTUS preview part 2: Analyzing likely high court arguments on the health law (Kaiser)

New evidence that retirement is a thing of the past (Forbes)

Insurance industry could take hit from birth control mandate (The Hill)

Managing your DC plan can get you sued (Human Resource Executive)

Aging of eyes is blamed for range of health woes (The New York Times)

 

Best blogs on BenefitsPro this week

 

Lasting impressions, by Denis Storey

I want you to take a minute out of your busy day and think about how much of it is spent on managing process rather than actually managing people. Or even simply communicating with them.

 

The IRA: A 'gateway' retirement plan?, by Jenny Ivy

Congressman Richard Neal hopes that by showing how much workers are committed to saving for their retirement through IRAs, it will inspire employers to then adopt a 401(k), which have higher contribution limits.

 

What can you learn from the country's best benefits programs?, by Tim Minard

Thorough education, two-way communication and a focus behind the business strategy behind benefits are some of the hallmarks of Principal's 10 Best Companies.

 

Why things just got a lot tougher for 401(k) plan sponsors, by Chris Carosa

In its most recent report, the DOL reveals nearly four out of five fiduciary investigations result in fines or other corrective action

 

America’s bad case of financial flu, by Kathryn Mayer

The other day I had to call in sick with a stomach bug. But maybe I was just suffering from a case of the financial flu. It’s apparently rather contagious.

 

Most talked-about story on BenefitsPro this week: States attack ‘Obamacare’ with birth control bills

 

Most popular story on BenefitsPro this week: How buying health insurance is changing

 

Biggest cinephile on BenefitsPro this week

Hubert Vale: “The death of a thousand cuts continues for healthcare reform. These zealots are just like the Terminator: ‘It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever.’” (In response to States attack 'Obamacare' with birth control bills)

 

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James E. Green

James E. Green

James E. Green is the Group Editorial Director of Summit Business Media's Life & Health Group, which includes National Underwriter Life & Health, Life Insurance Selling, Agent's Sales Journal, Senior Market Advisor, Producers Web, Benefits Selling and BenefitsPro.com.

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