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30 or 40? The full-time work week debate

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5 More Questions to Ask When Shopping for a One-Source Human Resource Solution: Part 2

Last week we brought you five must-ask questions when shopping for an all-in-one source HR solution.

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5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for an One-Source Human Resource Solution: Part 1

With the emergence of technology, All-In-One Human Resources (HR) solutions software have been popping up

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Same-Sex Marriage and Group Health Insurance

In the 2013 Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, the Court ruled that restricting the U.S. Federal interpretation of “marriage” and “spouse” to apply only to heterosexual unions is unconstitutional.

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A look into the tax implications of the Affordable Care Act

Persons with certain income levels are eligible for subsidies for health insurance bought through the Federal Marketplace.

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Why working with a broker is your best choice

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Buying Health Insurance: The Marketplace vs Buying Direct

If you are an individual in need of healthcare coverage for yourself and/or family, it is likely that you have come upon the question of whether it would be more beneficial to buy through the Federal Marketplace or directly from an insurance carrier.

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3 Way to Cut Employer Health Care Costs

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Get the skinny on Skinny Plans

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To audit or not to audit?

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Are you Being Overbilled for Services?

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Understanding Your Health Insurance Fees

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COBRA: Do you still need it in spite of Health Care Reform?

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Modern Medicine: Can You Live Without It?

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Finances in focus as Legislature opens

JUNEAU — Everything is on the table for budget cuts, members of the Senate majority caucus said Jan. 20, but the lawmakers will avoid introducing new taxes or encroaching on Alaskans’ Permanent Fund Dividends. On the first day of the 29th Legislature, Sens. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage; Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks; John Coghill, R-Fairbanks; Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River; Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla; and Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, announced the Republican-led majority’s priorities, including their opinions on the state of Alaska’s budget.

AIDEA begins broadening Interior gas search

The transformation of the Interior Energy Project has begun. This time, a Cook Inlet gas source is a real possibility.

Commerce Dept. suggests bump for Bering Sea halibut

Bering Sea halibut bycatch reforms are still in the works, but the U.S. Department of Commerce has recommended a stopgap measure on behalf of the small boat fishermen most injured by sinking allocations. The U.S. Department of Commerce has responded to the letter sent Dec. 18, 2014, by the six Alaskan members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council asking for an emergency 33 percent reduction in Bering Sea halibut bycatch limits.

After interview flap, Maw in, Johnstone out on Board of Fisheries

Roland Maw, executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association, has taken one step back and two steps forward since his failed application for Alaska commissioner of Fish and Game, and now joins the very people who denied him an interview for the job. Gov. Bill Walker named Maw to the Alaska Board of Fisheries on Jan 20, replacing Chairman Karl Johnstone, who resigned following public and gubernatorial scrutiny of the board’s actions at the commissioner nominee selection meeting on Jan. 14. Maw’s place on the board will be effective Jan. 28 following a Jan. 21-27 board meeting in Wrangell.

Judge hears arguments over ANWR exploration

The first skirmish — some say it may be the main battle — in the state’s effort explore the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge played out in U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason’s courtroom in Anchorage Jan. 20. The issue before Gleason is whether the U.S. Department of the Interior should accept an application for a limited winter exploration program in a part of the coastal plain set aside for study of its oil and gas potential.
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