Same Sex Marriage Supreme Court Ruling – Update

Gavel_Flag-288x300The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 deems that all couples have the right to marriage regardless of their gender. Additionally, all states must recognize a marriage that was entered into in a different jurisdiction.

Effective June 26, 2015 health plans must cover married couples, regardless of gender, if spousal/dependent coverage is offered. Health Net of Arizona, Inc. will offer an additional Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow spouses to be added through September 30, 2015.

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Proofreading: Why Your Thank-You Letter Must be Fully Baked Before Sending

“We can’t hire you.”

The punch in the stomach came three days after I had finished five rounds of interviews at Condé Nast Publications. The last thank-you letter I wrote was to the executive editor.

 

I quickly got word that the reason I wouldn’t be hired was that I had mistakenly added an “e” to Bon Appétit, which had me spelling the name of the magazine wrong.The spelling error raised serious questions about my abilities and skills, from whether I would be a conscientious co-worker to did I have a solid grasp of AP Style.

 

Today, with TTYL and GTG’s peppered on everything we read, it’s easy to forget that formalities, spelling and proper grammar do matter. Thank-you letters should be free of grammar and spelling errors – period.

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Questions to Ask a Prospective EAP Vendor

An investment in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can yield big returns. One study found that every dollar invested in an EAP brings over $8 in returns through decreased absences and increased productivity at work. With so many choices for EAP vendors, however, how can you narrow down the list to find one that is right for your organization? Continue reading

Why Businesses Should be Friendly About Breastfeeding

mom_BabyIt’s now well established that breastfeeding is beneficial for both babies and mothers. Just as a refresher, breastfed babies have a lower risk of:

  • ear infections
  • respiratory infections
  • dermatitis
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • asthma
  • obesity
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • childhood cancers
  • diabetes

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Can Doodling Make You Smarter?

Mr. Telesca cruised the aisle, his voice holding steady on the Industrial Revolution. It was my first week of tenth grade and I was eager to shine like the pennies in my loafers.

When the teacher got to my desk, he slammed his hand down on my notebook and yelled, “Pay attention!”

“I am,” I sheepishly replied.

“You’re not,” Mr. Telesca growled. “You’re drawing.”

That was true. But what wasn’t true is that I was daydreaming. I heard every word Mr T said. Continue reading

Help Your Children See Success with Good Eye Care

As you know, the back-to-school countdown is on. Parents nationwide are scrambling to cross off priority items on their fall-semester checklists. While the basic components of backpacks, carpool schedules and maybe even new clothes can help contribute to school success, one of the most important items is often overlooked:

 

  • Have my children’s eyes been examined to ensure that vision issues aren’t impeding school success?

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Shoring up your Small-Business Skills

With kids nationwide about to start a new school year, it’s an ideal time for small-business owners to take stock of their professional skills and determine if they too should be heading back to school.

 

Skill Set Checklist

It takes a smorgasbord of skills to spell small-business success. To maximize your odds of having a thriving enterprise, experts recommend a skill set that includes: Continue reading

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Are immunizations on your employees’ back-to-school checklists? Maybe they should be!

It’s no coincidence that August’s National Immunization Awareness Month coincides with back-to-school season. With the fall semester looming large, parents nationwide are scrambling to complete their checklists. Continue reading

Boost Your Financial Health – Webinar!

Accomplish manTaking charge of your finances and boosting your financial health is an important part of overall wellness and well-being. Your finances can affect your lifestyle and can also intertwine with your sense of well-being. So start by making important decisions about your finances and investments today. Continue reading