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Although employers rightfully appreciate the efficiency and responsiveness of employees who use cell phones (and smart phones) to get their work done, they must also be aware of the financial and safety risks created by the use of these devices while driving. Employers are facing increased liability exposures from employee use of mobile phones to text, make calls, etc. while on the road. Read more

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The Obama Administration has postponed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties for one year, until 2015. The Department of the Treasury announced the delay on July 2, 2013, along with a similar delay for information reporting by employers, health insurance issuers and self-funded plan sponsors. The delay does not affect any other provision of the ACA, including individuals’ access to premium tax credits for coverage through an Exchange. The Treasury plans to issue more formal information about the delay within a week. To read the complete bulletin, click here.

Claims Management professionals have one of the most interesting and demanding jobs in the insurance industry. Hearing countless tales of destruction and devastation can take its toll. But every once in a while, a claim comes along that no doubt raises an eyebrow. Here, we reveal some of the more bizarre insurance claims we have experienced. Read more

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 must be completed by all job applicants – both citizens and non-citizens – to verify the applicant’s identity and authorization for employment in the United States. On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised Form I-9. According to USCIS, the “improvements to Form I-9 include new fields, reformatting to reduce errors, and clearer instructions to both employees and employers.” Read more

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If you are among the millions of people who have included wellness in their new year’s resolutions, there are lots of great apps for your smart phone that will definitely come in handy. Whatever your goal, there’s an app for your phone or tablet to guide you and track your progress. In many cases, these apps are free. The key is to use the apps as tools to help you stay on track — and to not get overwhelmed by their bells and whistles. The best ones are simple and useful, motivating you to stay on course. Here are 10 of the top wellness apps to consider for the New Year. Read more

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