Healthy Eating On the Menu

Mother and son organizing groceriesIn the spirit of National Nutrition Month, this article offers many tips to help employees eat healthier during the week. These tips are provided by MHN, Health Net, Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary.

It’s 5:00 p.m. – Do you know what you’re having for dinner? If so, you’re probably less stressed, with the ingredients ready and waiting for a healthy meal you actually have time to prepare.

If not, you may be dreading coming home to an empty refrigerator, tempting you to give in to pleas for fast food or pizza.

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ACA: Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Reporting Requirements

All Western Region Brokers:  ACA: Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) Reporting Requirements for Insurers and Health Plans (ACA Section 6055)

Under Section 6055 of the ACA, entities that provide minimum essential coverage, including health plans, insurance carriers and self-insured groups, must

  • Report data to the IRS about the coverage for each enrolled individual, including spouses and children using Form 1095-B.
  • Issue annual statements to “responsible individuals” (this is usually the subscriber) about their coverage that can be used as documentation for tax purposes.

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Work-Life Balance is Good Business

relax good businessCompanies and company owners who are committed to helping their employees achieve work-life balance may be driven by altruism or they may just be shrewd. That’s because facilitating work-life balance is simply good business. In fact, studies have found some key benefits for both employer and employee, including reduced stress levels.

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ACA 90-Day Waiting Period Rule on Use of Orientation Periods

ACA 90-Day Orientation PeriodOn June 25, 2014, the government issued final rules regarding the use of “bona fide employment-based orientation periods” in connection with the Affordable Care Act’s 90 day waiting period limits.

These final rules largely track the proposed rules issued in February 2014.


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Tap Into These Small-Business Trends for 2015

3 workers talkingAccording to two recently released surveys, many of America’s small-business owners are feeling optimistic about 2015. For example, an Endurance International Group survey found that 66 percent of those who helm small businesses have a positive economic outlook for this year.

Optimism also was expressed in relation to job growth.

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Improving Work Relationships with Better Communication

Co-workers talkingGood working relationships are important. They can help employees meet work goals and make work more enjoyable. One way to strengthen work relationships is by improving communication skills.

From walking in your co-worker’s shoes and recognizing the interests of others, to active listening, the following tips can help employees learn how to be better communicators.

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How’s Your Workplace Attitude?

Take a moment to relax at work

If you’re someone who is perpetually in a positive mood from 9 to 5, and who also considers your job so enjoyable that you can’t even classify it as “work,” there’s no need to read further.

However, if you’re a more standard-issue human, then chances are good that your workday moods aren’t always award-winning.

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