New Health Bill Could Allow Cheaper Plans, Fewer Benefits

GOP leaders released a modified draft of their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare Thursday, hoping to win senators’ support with additional funding for combating opioids and a controversial measure that would allow insurance companies to sell plans that don’t comply with Obamacare consumer protections. If just three Republicans oppose the procedural motion planned for next… Read more »

10 Ways to Reduce Your Health Care Costs

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The way we purchase health care is unlike most other purchases we make. Many Americans will hunt for a coupon that saves them 50 cents at the local supermarket. However, when it comes to health care — a far more complex and expensive service — we rarely ask questions or consider all the options that… Read more »

Paid Parental Leave Gets Boost from Mormon Church

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In a significant shift in policy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced it will offer paid maternity and parental leave to its full-time, benefited employees in the U.S. To human-resources managers (and business owners), the move was sure to add new urgency to the question of whether paid parental leave has… Read more »

A Better Environmental Pollution Insurance Policy

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The EPA sued an oil and gas company the other day for alleged Clean Air Act violations, proving two things: 1. The Trump administration’s EPA, while seemingly more business-friendly today than it might have been under President Barrack Obama, nonetheless remains resolute in its pursuit of purported polluters. 2. The need for the right kind… Read more »

Hiring a Subcontractor? Let a Surety Take on the Risk

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Few states have experienced the construction-industry labor shortage more than Colorado. For general contractors, the problem has made finding a reliable subcontractor more difficult than usual – much more difficult. Nearly 10 years after the housing bust drove an estimated 30% of construction workers into new fields, contractors everywhere are struggling to find workers. According… Read more »

Here’s How the Senate GOP Plan Would Change Health Care

Seven years after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, Republicans are trying to follow through on their promises to repeal and replace Obamacare. On March 6, Republican House leaders introduced their health plan, and Senate Republicans followed with their own bill on Thursday. Congress will need to reconcile differences in the two proposals before a… Read more »

A Big Change in Labor Standards for Contractors?

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The Labor Department has taken a new, more business-friendly stance on whether companies should be viewed as “joint employers” of workers hired by subcontractors while on a job for a general contractor. While President Obama was still in office, the agency last year issued guidelines that broadly interpreted the meaning of “joint employment,” where two… Read more »