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Planning a Holiday Office Party? Here's How to Reduce Liability

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 @ 11:12 AM

No one wants to be thought of as a “Scrooge,” so even if you, as an employer, have had a bad experience in the past, it is doubtful you would ever decide to ban the holiday office party. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared this time to deal with an out of control employee.

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Topics: Business Insurance, Employee Engagement

Need to Retire Early? Here's What to Do

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

If you’ve been forced into early retirement, you may be wise to heed the following advice detailed in an informative article in Employee Benefit News.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

13 Home & Personal Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

The holiday season has arrived! Here are thirteen home and personal safety tips to keep you, your family, and your property and workplace safe:

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Topics: Business Insurance, Personal Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions about Grandfathered Plans - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

As employers determine their plan designs for the coming year, those with grandfathered status need to decide if maintaining grandfathered status is their best option. The following are some frequently asked questions and answers about grandfathering a group health plan.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Meet Core Value Award Winner: Jesse Abbott - November 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Fri, Nov 22, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

Every month, Schwartz Insurance Group selects a peer-nominated associate to receive a Core Value Award. The winner is chosen because they "lived" one of our agency's core values - typically an event or accomplishment above and beyond the call of duty in serving our customers. This month, Jesse Abbott has "lived" our core value of "Get the Juices Flowing." 

Here's her story:

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Topics: Business Insurance, Core Value Winner

Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About IRS Reporting in 2020

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 08:11 AM

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's reporting requirements are rapidly approaching for employers with group health plans or with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees. This webinar will provide an overview of the reporting process, what we learned from earlier rounds of reporting, and how employers should be tracking employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Winter Weather Alert: Is Your Business Prepared?

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Nov 20, 2019 @ 10:11 AM

Many people have a plan in place for when they are snowed in at home, but what if your place of business is hit by a massive winter storm? Are you ready to do battle? Here are some suggestions to help prepare you for combating the elements before and after a snowstorm hits:

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Topics: Business Insurance

Tips for Beating Those Holiday Food Cravings

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Nov 18, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

The holiday season will soon be upon us - time for indulging in food that you may not normally eat. Whether you're anticipating the receipt of gift baskets at the office, or being tempted by all the holiday goodies in the supermarket, your mind is constantly being coerced into wanting sweets and treats. Don't give in to the cravings!

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Topics: Worksite Wellness

Update on Nondiscrimination Regulations Relating to Sex, Gender, Age and More

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 11:11 AM

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

6 Ways to Improve Jobsite Ergonomics

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

A leading cause of compensation claims for contractors is overexertion from common tasks, such as lifting, stooping, kneeling and twisting, reaching overhead and working in awkward positions. All of these motions can cause chronic health issues down the road.

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Topics: Worksite Wellness, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy