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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Encourage Employees to Share Four Wheels or Pedal Two

biking guyWith the price of gas even less predictable than the average teenager’s mood, there’s no better time to hop aboard the ridesharing and biking bandwagon.

 

Employers especially should be encouraging these modes of transportation. That’s because workers who rideshare are likely to: Continue reading

Making the Most of Social Media for Small Businesses

business people with tabletConsidering that Facebook has now existed for more than 10 years, it’s not surprising to learn that the vast majority of U.S. small businesses – some 81 percent – currently tap Facebook and other social-media platforms to market their goods and services.

Thus, the question at this juncture in the evolution of social media isn’t “Have small businesses embraced social media?”  Continue reading

Supreme Court ACA Ruling: Key Takeaways

Healthcare-reform-flag-stethscope-iStock_12474320l-300x199The United States Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies in federal-exchange states was made public on June 25, as only one of two cases released on this almost-final day of the court’s term. With its 6-3 decision, the court preserved the structure of the Affordable Care Act. Here are key takeaways of the decision.

Continue reading

Encouraging Commuting Makes Sound Business Sense

flyer-small2015If you’re a business owner, giving thought to how your employees make their way to and from work likely ranks low on your priority list. Business owners are equally likely, however, to become quite interested in the subject of smart commuting when they learn that such practices will:

 

  • boost their bottom line;
  • increase employee productivity and improve their health.

Continue reading