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January 18, 2013
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  • 7 elements of an effective incentive plan
    In general, incentives should be used to motivate employees to deliver results that exceed the minimum they are required to produce, writes Doug Kennedy, president of the Kennedy Training Network. "Effective incentives reward associates for generating revenues that are above and beyond the forecasted/expected levels." You might want to consider posting the results of your incentive program to give employees extra motivation, he writes. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How mobile tech can boost your business' revenue
    Smart business owners can use mobile technology to build their companies and boost revenue, Ryan Matzner writes. "One of the single biggest opportunities for businesses to leverage mobile apps is that smartphones have opened a whole new world of shopping and engagement opportunities," he notes. In addition, companies can use mobile technology to get more information about their customers. Mashable (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IRS proposes ACA rules for small businesses
    Businesses that employ 50 or more workers who average at least 30 hours per week or whose full-time and part-time workers meet certain thresholds will be required to sponsor health insurance for more than 5% or five of those workers, whichever is larger, or face a monthly penalty under proposed Internal Revenue Service rules for implementing the Affordable Care Act. Paid leave counts toward hours worked, and the rules do not define "seasonal employees" or spell out how to apply the regulations for owners of multiple businesses. The Washington Post (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study highlights need to teach public about life insurance
    A LIMRA study offers insight into Americans' misunderstandings about life insurance, the group says. Among 4,000 people who took a 10-question test on life insurance, 55% were unable to pass and less than 1% responded correctly to all questions. "With life insurance ownership at an all-time low, it is important that the industry not only overcome consumers’ lack of knowledge about life insurance but address the misinformation that is out there confusing them," LIMRA's Jennifer Douglas says. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HHS grants $1.5 billion for insurance exchanges
    HHS announced on Thursday the 11 states that will receive exchange establishment grants from the federal government totaling $1.5 billion. California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have all been given multi-year Level Two grants, an indication officials believe those states have made significant progress. One-year Level One grants have been granted to Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Vermont. Level One funds are designed for early work on exchanges. National Underwriter Life & Health (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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