Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Comparing Medical Costs for Injured Workers Across 16 States

From the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Cambridge, MA

The cost drivers of medical care in state workers’ compensation systems; the effects of legislative and regulatory changes on medical costs; and trends in payments, prices, and utilization of medical care for injured workers are examined in a new set of studies from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI).

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Wednesday
Oct222014

ACA University: Subsidies, State Exchanges and Small Group Market Update

From NAM … A Complimentary Webinar in a Series on the Affordable Care Act’s Most Notable Insurance Reforms and its Effects on Consumers & Employers

Please Join the National Association of Manufacturers on November 7 at 1:00 PM CT

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Wednesday
Oct152014

As the courts turn: The continuing legal perils of Obamacare

By Thomas P. Miller, American Enterprise Institute | September 30, 2014

Legal challenges to various aspects of Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act) keep traveling on a rollercoaster. Today’s episode of the law’s continuing courtroom soap opera involves a ruling by a federal district court in Oklahoma, which overturned a 2012 IRS rule authorizing premium assistance tax credits in federal exchanges (since rebranded as “federally facilitated marketplaces”). The decision improves the likelihood that the Supreme Court ultimately will consider this issue on appeal; either in the spring of 2015 or during its next 2015-2016 term.

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Wednesday
Oct152014

Inspire Illinois Reaches Phase 1 Fundraising Goal

Regional launch begins, moving toward a statewide roll-out

The Inspire Illinois initiative for bringing industry and education together to help students and job seekers achieve their goals and address communities’ workforce development needs has reached its Phase 1 fundraising goal. Jim Nelson, Vice President of External Affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA), announced that the IMA Education Foundation, on behalf of the Manufacturing STEM Learning Exchange, and the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Learning Exchange, with key support from the Health Sciences and Energy STEM Learning Exchanges have provided the Phase 1 funding support. The IMA Education Foundation is also serving as the statewide license holder for Inspire Illinois.

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Manufacturing Voices Will Be Strong In 2014 Elections

National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President of External Relations Ned Monroe unveiled a new video at the NAM Fall 2014 Board of Directors Meeting inspiring “voters to make their voices heard in the upcoming elections.” The NAM is ramping up its efforts to make sure that “the manufacturing voice is strong” in the midterm elections. “The NAM is bringing all resources to bear to ensure robust participation from the manufacturing army this November …

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