Employee Benefit Trends: The Popularity of Pet-Friendly Perks

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jan 28, 2020 @ 09:01 AM

Companies are well aware that in today’s competitive job market, it is necessary to offer employees healthcare and voluntary benefits to attract and retain talent. Not surprisingly, more and more employers over the last five years have been willing to offer their workers perks that extend to their family pets.   

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement

Proposed Rules on Coverage Transparency and Final Rules on Hospital Price Transparency - Updated

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 20, 2020 @ 09:01 AM

On November 15, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, Departments) released proposed rules on coverage transparency.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Federal Requirements for Fully Insured and Self-Funded Plans

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

Updated January 2020

A plan sponsor’s requirements under federal law will vary depending on factors such as group health plan design, size, grandfathered status, and whether the plan is fully insured or self-funded.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Think Twice Before Handing Out Your Social Security Number

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 @ 09:01 AM

Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you. In this age of identity theft, your Social Security number is one of the most valuable – if not the most valuable – identifiers you have.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Personal Insurance, Company Security

Compliance Recap - December 2019

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Thu, Jan 9, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

Compliance Recap

December 2019

 

December was a busy month in the employee benefits world.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits

Federal Tax Credit for Employer-Provided Paid Family and Medical Leave

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 @ 08:01 AM

In December 2019, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 included a one-year extension of the federal tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave (FML) to their employees.

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits

Webinar: What Employers Need to Know About the New Final Rules on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Dec 31, 2019 @ 13:12 PM

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT

Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) are accounts that help employees pay for qualified medical expenses not covered by their health plans. This webinar will provide an overview of the the new final rules on HRAs and individual coverage HRAs with an emphasis on the proposed rules regarding nondiscrimination and affordability by:

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Topics: Compliance Issues, Employee Benefits, Learning Events

Company Culture: 4 Positive Examples and How to Apply Them

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Dec 30, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

Creating an awards system for workers or celebrating an employee’s birthday are positive examples of company culture. The larger the company, the more perks a business will usually offer.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Company Culture, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy

Understanding Disability Contracts

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

It is important to employers to make sure their employees are covered by disability insurance and that plan members can access the coverage easily. However, if you are an HR professional, you need to be aware that there are some variables in these contracts that could cause confusion.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto?

Posted by Matt Schwartz on Tue, Dec 17, 2019 @ 09:12 AM

For quite some time now, people have been joking that technology might eventually steal away their jobs. For certain employees these days, that fear rings especially true. 

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Business Strategy