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Talent and HR News Roundup: Healthcare and the Shutdown Edition

042913-DC4K-29Last week was a busy week here at exaqueo...we are bringing on new clients, putting the finishing touches on our Q3 newsletter (sign-up here) and working on some big plans for 2014.  But we didn't want to end the week without our weekly roundup--so we're starting the new week with it instead! This week it's all healthcare. Sure, we're based in DC but we usually do a pretty good job of staying out of politics. This week you don't have to take sides, but it is important to understand what's going on and how it will affect you, your job, your business and your family.

1) 5 Things to Know Today About the Government Shutdown from USA Today

"The state of play: The new fiscal year starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight."

2) Health Care Law Online Signup Delayed For Small Businesses from The Huffington Post

"The administration said Thursday that small business owners who want to use insurance markets designed especially for them will have to wait until sometime in November before they can finish their sign-ups. They still can start shopping right away on Oct. 1. And even with the delay, they can get coverage for their employees by Jan. 1, when the law takes full effect."

3) As Some Companies Turn to Health Exchanges, G.E. Seeks a New Path from The New York Times

"“If we don’t take accountability ourselves for figuring this out, we’re part of the problem,” said Sue Siegel, a senior executive at G.E., who sees transformation of health care both as a business opportunity and a business necessity. “We have to be involved in the solution,” she said. “We can’t just wait for someone to tell us that it is going to be fixed.”  What distinguishes the effort by G.E. is its direct focus on hospitals and doctors. Companies looking to the private exchanges are largely hoping to save money and want to be freed from the headache of administering health benefits."

4) Prices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges from The Wall Street Journal

"Costs will vary widely from state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will cut costs for some lower-income consumers. Across the country, the average premium for a 27-year-old nonsmoker, regardless of gender, will start at $163 a month for the lowest-cost "bronze" plan; $203 for the "silver" plan, which provides more benefits than bronze; and $240 for the more-comprehensive "gold" plan. But for some buyers, prices will rise from today's less-comprehensive policies. In Nashville, Tenn., a 27-year-old male nonsmoker could pay as little as $41 a month now for a bare-bones policy..."

 

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exaqueo is a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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Talent and HR News Roundup: Healthcare and the Shutdown Edition

042913-DC4K-29Last week was a busy week here at exaqueo...we are bringing on new clients, putting the finishing touches on our Q3 newsletter (sign-up here) and working on some big plans for 2014.  But we didn't want to end the week without our weekly roundup--so we're starting the new week with it instead! This week it's all healthcare. Sure, we're based in DC but we usually do a pretty good job of staying out of politics. This week you don't have to take sides, but it is important to understand what's going on and how it will affect you, your job, your business and your family.

1) 5 Things to Know Today About the Government Shutdown from USA Today

"The state of play: The new fiscal year starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight."

2) Health Care Law Online Signup Delayed For Small Businesses from The Huffington Post

"The administration said Thursday that small business owners who want to use insurance markets designed especially for them will have to wait until sometime in November before they can finish their sign-ups. They still can start shopping right away on Oct. 1. And even with the delay, they can get coverage for their employees by Jan. 1, when the law takes full effect."

3) As Some Companies Turn to Health Exchanges, G.E. Seeks a New Path from The New York Times

"“If we don’t take accountability ourselves for figuring this out, we’re part of the problem,” said Sue Siegel, a senior executive at G.E., who sees transformation of health care both as a business opportunity and a business necessity. “We have to be involved in the solution,” she said. “We can’t just wait for someone to tell us that it is going to be fixed.”  What distinguishes the effort by G.E. is its direct focus on hospitals and doctors. Companies looking to the private exchanges are largely hoping to save money and want to be freed from the headache of administering health benefits."

4) Prices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges from The Wall Street Journal

"Costs will vary widely from state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will cut costs for some lower-income consumers. Across the country, the average premium for a 27-year-old nonsmoker, regardless of gender, will start at $163 a month for the lowest-cost "bronze" plan; $203 for the "silver" plan, which provides more benefits than bronze; and $240 for the more-comprehensive "gold" plan. But for some buyers, prices will rise from today's less-comprehensive policies. In Nashville, Tenn., a 27-year-old male nonsmoker could pay as little as $41 a month now for a bare-bones policy..."

 

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exaqueo is a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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Talent and HR News Roundup: Healthcare and the Shutdown Edition

042913-DC4K-29Last week was a busy week here at exaqueo...we are bringing on new clients, putting the finishing touches on our Q3 newsletter (sign-up here) and working on some big plans for 2014.  But we didn't want to end the week without our weekly roundup--so we're starting the new week with it instead! This week it's all healthcare. Sure, we're based in DC but we usually do a pretty good job of staying out of politics. This week you don't have to take sides, but it is important to understand what's going on and how it will affect you, your job, your business and your family.

1) 5 Things to Know Today About the Government Shutdown from USA Today

"The state of play: The new fiscal year starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, so a bill to fund the government must be passed by both chambers in Congress and signed by Obama by midnight tonight."

2) Health Care Law Online Signup Delayed For Small Businesses from The Huffington Post

"The administration said Thursday that small business owners who want to use insurance markets designed especially for them will have to wait until sometime in November before they can finish their sign-ups. They still can start shopping right away on Oct. 1. And even with the delay, they can get coverage for their employees by Jan. 1, when the law takes full effect."

3) As Some Companies Turn to Health Exchanges, G.E. Seeks a New Path from The New York Times

"“If we don’t take accountability ourselves for figuring this out, we’re part of the problem,” said Sue Siegel, a senior executive at G.E., who sees transformation of health care both as a business opportunity and a business necessity. “We have to be involved in the solution,” she said. “We can’t just wait for someone to tell us that it is going to be fixed.”  What distinguishes the effort by G.E. is its direct focus on hospitals and doctors. Companies looking to the private exchanges are largely hoping to save money and want to be freed from the headache of administering health benefits."

4) Prices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges from The Wall Street Journal

"Costs will vary widely from state to state and for different types of consumers. Government subsidies will cut costs for some lower-income consumers. Across the country, the average premium for a 27-year-old nonsmoker, regardless of gender, will start at $163 a month for the lowest-cost "bronze" plan; $203 for the "silver" plan, which provides more benefits than bronze; and $240 for the more-comprehensive "gold" plan. But for some buyers, prices will rise from today's less-comprehensive policies. In Nashville, Tenn., a 27-year-old male nonsmoker could pay as little as $41 a month now for a bare-bones policy..."

 

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exaqueo is a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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Talent and HR News Roundup: Benefits and Family Edition

When you look at the data you have on your workforce right now, it's likely, well, just about work: employee satisfaction, engagement, how employees found out about the job. But what about your employees? We don't spend enough time getting to know who they are, what matters to them and how they spend their time outside of work.  And that information is key to making sure their work lives merge with their personal lives.Dad and Son | exaqueo news roundup This week we've noticed a great deal of chatter about workplace benefits and living. From the living wage battle happening in Washington, DC to the effects of President Obama's healthcare plan on the workforce, it's important that you understand what's happening and consider how it will affect your organization (no matter what your politics are.)

1) Trader Joe's Takes Away Health Plan But Offers Stipend in Marketwatch

"Trader Joe’s had bucked the industry trend by offering low-cost health, dental and vision plans to its part-time workers. This new development probably will continue to set the retailer apart from its peers, however. Some companies are cutting hours and full-time positions completely in order to get under the threshold for the mandatory offering of health benefits outlined in President Obama’s health-care overhaul, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA."

2) D.C. Mayor Gray vetoes ‘living wage’ bill aimed at Wal-Mart, setting up decisive council vote in The Washington Post

"Gray’s quandary is playing out in many U.S. cities, where local leaders who generally sympathize with worker causes are also eager to lure jobs and commerce for their constituents. Retailers, most notably Wal-Mart, have placed an increasing focus on urban expansion, while unions and advocates for workers have pushed measures like the District’s "living wage” bill as a valuable hedge against the proliferation of low-paying jobs."

3) Breaking the Paternity Leave Barrier in The Huffington Post

"Ackerman was a 27-year-old math and social studies teacher at JHS 142 in Jamaica, Queens, married to another teacher, when he became a father. His wife, Rita Ackerman, left her job to stay home full-time, while he finished out the school year. That summer with his new daughter, he said, “I loved having the flexible time to take care of her, and I wanted to continue that during the year.”"

4) GE Ex-Labor Chief Switches to Defend Retirees’ Benefits in Bloomberg

"Rocheleau is a rare voice for retirees as employers curtail coverage, a step that threatens to raise costs and curb choices for Americans who have left the workforce and have little power to fight back. International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Time Warner Inc. (TWX) recently joined the benefits pullback with plans to move retirees to insurance exchanges."

 

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exaqueo is a workforce consultancy that helps startups and high-growth companies build their cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you build a workforce that’s aligned with your company culture and develop an employer brand that will allow your business to scale the right way.

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