Governor Brown Signs Oregon Charter Enhancement Bill Into Law

The bill’s signing marks a successful legislative season for Northwest credit unions and makes a number of strategic enhancements to the Oregon Credit Union Act.

Myths Vs. Facts: How Does the Affordable Care Act Affect Employers and Consumers?

The Affordable Care Act may be the most significant overhaul of the health care system since Medicare and Medicaid were introduced in 1965. It also ushers in a series of changes that employers such as credit unions must make, and a need for consumers to do their homework. Here’s a look at some of the myths and facts surrounding the new law, with help from NWCUA’s Strategic Link partner and benefits provider, The Trust.

Left-Behind 401(k) Accounts: Here Are Two Common Mistakes to Avoid

If you have a 401(k) account still being administrated by a former employer, avoid two common—and potentially very costly—mistakes people make in this situation: cashing out the account early or ignoring the account.

Affordable Care Act: Five Things Credit Unions Need to Know and Do Now

Health care reform has triggered changes employers need to make. Some of the deadlines and opportunities are immediate. A checklist of important steps should be on your action plan now.

Navigate the Social Media Minefield

Recent media reports about companies asking staff for their Facebook passwords highlight a larger challenge facing HR professionals: in the world of HR management, nothing changes faster than the social media landscape—and the laws and regulations surrounding it.

New Family and Medical Leave Act Poster Now Available

A final rule to be published soon by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that incorporates new regulatory changes and creates certain new provisions will also require covered employers to display an informational poster.

A New Look for the NWFA Employee Benefit Trust

The Trust, a Strategic Link strategic partner, updated its look recently, adding a new logo and tagline. Through the power of aggregation, credit unions partnering with the Trust have access to employee benefit options and group rates normally available only to larger employers.

Compliance Review of Healthcare Benefits in Order Following Supreme Court Decision

Credit unions should perform compliance reviews following the Supreme Court ruling mostly upholding the Affordable Health Care Act. Provisions already implemented will remain in effect, and now is the time to prepare for the pending requirements.

Supreme Court Ruling Creates Concerns, Opportunities for Credit Unions

The Supreme Court ruling mostly upholding the Affordable Health Care Act gives credit unions reasons to address compliance concerns for their coverage.

Reminder: Effective Date of Employee Rights Notice

As of Jan. 31, 2012, most private sector employers will be required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

A Review of Compliance Changes to Human Resources

This review of compliance changes effecting human resources outlines changes on the national front, including the new VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, as well as modifications to Oregon’s garnishment rules and handling of jury duty.

Brown & Brown: Proactive Approach Essential to Avoid Loss of Top Talent

As the job market recovers, many employees are considering making a job change and employers are becoming worried about retaining top talent.

Check Association Health Plans for Great Deals, Service

An Association health plan is set up to be a one stop location for all of your Employee Benefit needs.

The Trust Helps CUs Navigate Healthcare Reform

Though a significant portion of the new healthcare law’s rules have yet to be defined, NW Financial Employees’ Benefit Trust lays out some of the major changes.

IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Informational Reporting of Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

The IRS emphasizes that this new reporting to employees is for their information only, and does not cause excludable employer-provided health coverage to become taxable.

Legal Briefs April 7, 2011

Your update of the regulatory landscape.

How Retirement Plan Funds are Protected from an Unpredictable Economy

Learn what’s behind the numbers on your pension or 401(k) statement and take a look at what safeguards are in place to protect your benefits against negative economic conditions.