When we think of giving back during the holidays, we refer to ways in which we are donating our time or money to charitable organizations. There are so many ways to give back; it’s hard to decide on how to allocate our contributions. One big way to give back that is easily overlooked is “shopping small,” which supports businesses in your area.
Dwindling self-control is particularly scary when you consider that stress affects physiological functions in the brain, contributing to chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes. And stress doesn’t stop there—it’s linked to depression, obesity, and decreased cognitive performance.
Alcohol consumption has its roots dating back thousands of years. Regardless of where you lived, the use of alcohol varied from religious, medicinal, or celebratory purposes. During this time of year, I think we can all attest that the latter is more commonly used. With three quarters of the nation consuming alcohol, the busiest time of year should also include heightened awareness on the road. It’s only fitting that National Drunk Driving Prevention Month be recognized in December.
By: Brain Driscoll
We have written extensively about the fact that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has and will continue to transform the employer sponsored group medical insurance industry. Whether public/private exchanges, legal challenges or general regulatory revisions, benefit professionals and employers alike are dealing with ways to strategize and comply with the ebb and flow of the law.
By Adam Bruckman
“Be giving” is the perfect theme for December as we close out a month of “thanks” and head into the season of “giving.” I am a fan of quotes, especially when they capture a belief that I share in a way that seems to say it all. This quote by Winston Churchill expresses that which has been proven countless times; we all make a better life for ourselves when we give.
You asked, we answered! Some questions were submitted over the last few weeks about Digital’s benefits for 2015. We hope this helps you find all the answers you need. Have further questions? You can continue to reach out to anyone in HR should you need more information.
By Katie Prellwitz
The dreaded New Year’s Resolution list – most of us make them. Whether we are putting items on our bucket list, listing ways to better ourselves, or just wanting to learn something new, now is the most popular time of year for improvements. At Digital, we have a New Year’s Resolution list too – for Benefits!
By Mike Sullivan, Executive VP and CMO
We are living in the era of the consumer. Advances in technology have given individuals more power than they have ever possessed to access products and services that best meet their needs. Price elasticity models are being reconfigured across our industry as well. These dynamics have changed the world of commerce, forcing manufacturers and service providers to innovate.
My dad always told me that NOTHING is ever “free.” Sorry dad, but I beg to differ. Hasn’t he ever been to Costco where you can munch on an array of delicious, free samples? Ever need to use WiFi at a moment’s notice? Ever received a goody bag just for visiting a vendor setup? These things are actually free! Well, that sounds great on our own personal time, but what about things we get for free just for working at Digital?
By Carl Pilger, Vice President, Legal Counsel
The original effective date for this provision was last January (2014), but the agency in charge realized that the mandate failed to take into account health plans offered on a non-calendar year or fiscal year basis. The result? Transition relief granted to accommodate these types of plans as well as extending more time to all impacted ALEs to prepare for the new rules. The new effective date is January 1, 2015, for certain ALEs with standard calendar plans.