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Christian Schappel

Christian’s work has been featured prominently in several Philadelphia-area newspapers, business publications and websites. His career started at Journal Register Company where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Tribune, a newspaper serving Southeastern Pennsylvania.
After joining Progressive Business Publications (the parent company of Catalyst Media and HR Benefits Alert), he moved into the niche information publishing market.
He has covered the HR and Benefits fields for the past five years, serving as Editor-in-Chief and then Managing Editor of What’s New in Benefits and Compensation, a print newsletter for Benefit pros. He’s now a proud part of the HR Benefits editorial staff.
Christian has written several white papers for upper-level executives covering topics such as healthcare reform and wellness programs. He is also a frequent guest on the Las Vegas-based radio show Computer Outlook, where he discusses new technology and its impact on businesses.
He graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English and minored in Print Media.
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Employee with ‘serious health condition’ still didn’t qualify for FMLA protections

Patrick Hurley had worked the requisite amount of hours to quality for FMLA leave. He also had a “serious health condition” under the FMLA. His employer was also covered under the law. So why didn’t he qualify for FMLA leave?  [Read more…]

Is Obamacare affecting your retirement plan? What 88% of employers said

There are only so many hours in the workday for benefits pros. So when the government tacks on a law that takes time to understand and implement, it only makes sense that it would result in less time and effort that could be devoted to other areas of your job, right?  [Read more…]

Top 10 ways companies cut healthcare costs

What’s the prescription for bringing healthcare costs under control? It’s not a single cure-all, but rather a series of medications designed to work together to keep your health plan costs from crippling you. 

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5 benefits communication mistakes that tick employees off

Employees aren’t always going to be happy with their benefits options or the changes you make to their plans. The first step to handling any complaints or concerns that arise: Not making any of these anger-inducing mistakes.  [Read more…]

IRS clears up murky FSA rule: What you need to tell employees now

The IRS finally caved and let health flexible spending account (FSA) holders carry over some funds from year to year. But that allowance opened up a whole other can of worms.  [Read more…]

It’s official: Controversial Obamacare deductible cap is lifted

President Obama just signed a law that will give certain employers and insurers more room to maneuver when designing high-deductible and consumer-driven health plans — killing a health reform rule that limited such flexibility. [Read more…]

Surprising – and cheap – way to boost morale

If someone offered you the chance to lower employees’ stress — and thus boost morale — for less than a buck per worker, you’d probably be all-in, right?  [Read more…]

ERISA booby trap your Obamacare maneuvers could trigger

The healthcare reform law has left employers with a lot of important decisions to make. But further complicating matters is a tricky section in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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The 9 best April Fools’ Day office pranks of 2014

Looking for a way to pull one over on your co-workers without getting fired? Here’s a list of the best workplace April Fools’ Day pranks of 2014. [Read more…]

Is severance pay subject to FICA taxes? Supreme Court rules

With nearly $1 billion in tax refund requests hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court just handed down a ruling on the taxability of severance pay. [Read more…]