Employee Benefits Report – November 2020

Pandemic Puts Pressure on Workers

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of today’s workforce. Older workers are leaving their jobs in droves. It’s uncertain whether the changes are permanent — or if employers can stem the tide. Read on for details.

Have an HDHP? Fill in the Gaps With HI

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The popularity of high-deductible health plans (HDHP) is leading to an increase in Hospital Indemnity Insurance (HI) as a way for employers to provide employees with cost-efficient financial protection against rising health care costs. Read on for details.

How to Thwart Identity Theft in the Workplace

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Americans to work from home — a situation identity theft criminals have used to their advantage.
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Taking #MeToo Allegations Seriously

Even though employers and human relations departments discourage sexual harassment in the workplace, the #MeToo movement has highlighted the need for employers to show that they understand the problem and are creating a culture that holds perpetrators accountable. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – October 2020

Prescription Drug Executive Orders’ Future Unknown

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Four orders have been signed, but it’s unlikely they will go into effect before the election. Read on for details about the orders and their possible impact.
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Managing FMLA During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created several challenges for employers trying to determine the best way to stay in compliance with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guidelines.
Read on for details.
 

Important Steps to Take Before Launching Your Annual Benefits Enrollment

open enrollment bookPaper shuffling, bewildered looks, and frantic note-taking. It’s another open enrollment season — the annual 30-day period during which workers choose their benefits for the coming year
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Importance of Flu Shots Heightened During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health care workers faced a difficult challenge this year — treating patients with the unpredictable COVID-19 virus.
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Employee Benefits Report – September 2020

Pros and Cons of Employees Working Remotely

employee working from homeWith two-thirds of employees working from home at least part-time, employers are finding there are advantages and disadvantages.
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How the Pandemic Could Shape the Future of Health Care

person with tabletThe COVID-19 pandemic has quickly forced the medical community in the United States to rethink how it provides health care. In response to the crisis, new regulations have been enacted and advances in technology fast-tracked.
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Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Health Care Reform

person votingThe nation’s health care system is expected to be one of the top issues for voters in the 2020 presidential election because of the declining number of Americans with health insurance, in part due to job losses, and the rise in health care and insurance costs.
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Be Prepared: What You Need to Know Before Offering Vision Coverage

Vision benefits are an important part of a complete health package. Providing the right benefits can boost morale and attract and retain talent.
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Employee Benefits Report – August 2020

Short on Funds? When Furloughs Make Sense

closed signFurloughs — mandatory, temporary suspensions from work without pay — have allowed many employers to hold on to their businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Good News About Retirement Savings in Light of the Stock Market Downturn

coronavirusYour employees have worked hard to save for retirement, but did the coronavirus pandemic wipe out their life savings?
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IRS Health Plan Changes for 2020

IRS buildingThose changes include making it easier to get health care and allowing employees to make mid-year changes to their FSAs if their employers allow it.
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Company Policies Must Now Address LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

Employers who do not have policies and practices that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers, should craft guidelines addressing the issue. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – July 2020

How to Keep Employees from Raiding Retirement Funds

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc upon the finances of many employees, and some have been forced to use funds from their retirement plans.
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3 Challenges for Benefit Managers During the Pandemic

man with briefcase and maskProviding benefit portability, helping employees manage their work/life balance and maintain financial stability can help employees during this difficult time.
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Mustering Employer Resources to Combat Mental Health Issues

woman holding her head with maskUnfortunately, as a consequence of the work-from-home, shelter-in-place and quarantine initiatives put in place to keep us safe from COVID-19, there has been a rise in emotional distress.
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What to Consider Before Employees Fly the Friendly Skies Again

Now that restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, some businesses are allowing employees to travel for work again.
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Employee Benefits Report – June 2020

Retirement Plans: Cash Flow Problem Solver

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Cash flow is a big concern for both employers and employees, and the $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill and existing regulations provides an unlikely beneficiary — retirement plans.
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Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth Begin to Emerge

mom and baby with tabletTelehealth’s convenience and value were highlighted when fears about the coronavirus pandemic prompted individuals to look for a way to get medical advice without having to go to a doctor’s office.
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States Taking Action to Control Rising Drug Costs

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What Employees Need to Know About COVID-19 and Life Insurance Benefits

With COVID-19 still in the forefront of everyone’s mind, your employees may be wondering if the life insurance they purchased or that you provided will pay their beneficiaries if they die from the disease. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – May 2020

What We’ve Learned About Keeping Essential Businesses Operating During a Pandemic

message boardCoronavirus COVID-19 has scared everyone and changed the way businesses operate — including sick leave policies.
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Going Beyond Term Insurance Minimums

blocks falling downHow to improve life insurance benefits for employees. Read on for details.

Roth 401(k) — The Overlooked Retirement Investment Tool

woman holding piggybankOnly 11 percent of employers take advantage of Roth 401(k) options. Why this is a missed opportunity for employees to maximize their retirement income.
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Mental Health Tips for the Month of May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, especially in these times of self-isolation, it’s a good time to remind your employees of the importance of taking care of their mental health.
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Employee Benefits Report – April 2020

SECURE Act’s Effect on Retirement Plans

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Here’s a review of the changes that affect small employers and some large ones.
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ERISA Compliance for Small and Large Employers

older coupleDespite its name, Employee Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA) regulations apply not only to retirement plans, but to all “welfare” plans, including health benefits.
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How to Conduct a COBRA Self Audit

insurance coverage documentTo help avoid an audit, or to be prepared in case an audit is ordered, it’s best to conduct a self audit.
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Giving Benefits the Respect They Deserve (and the Law Requires)

If you offer your employees health benefit coverage, your substance abuse and mental health benefits should be comparable to the other medical benefits in your plan.
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Employee Benefits Report – March 2020

States Actively Working to Reform Health Care

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Health care reform continues to be a hot topic during the 2020 presidential election.
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Background Checks: The Fine Line of Staying in Compliance

person with magnifying glassBackground checks allow employers to get a clearer picture of an applicant’s job and personal history. So, what happens if you find out that the applicant has a criminal background or has been convicted of drug use? Read on for details.
 

How to Stay in Compliance When Employees Work Remotely

woman sitting at deskAs telecommuting continues to gain popularity with it comes a new set of compliance challenges for businesses.
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The Role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Does your health benefit plan have a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM)? If so, it’s important you understand how a PBM affects your and your employees’ access to prescription drugs, as well as controlling your out-of-pocket costs. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – February 2020

Basic Steps to Avoid Discrimination in the Workplace

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Workplace discrimination takes many forms, but sound policies and procedures can reduce the occurrences.
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Key Elements of a Good Health Benefit Plan for Small Companies

Employee Benefits bookThe cost of providing health insurance for employees and their families is expected to be five percent higher this year than in 2019.
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Ways to Make Saving Easier for Your Employees

people attending seminarEmployees know they should save for retirement, but it’s not always easy. Many worry they don’t have enough money to put into retirement savings because they’re having difficulties paying bills.
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Employees Need to Know About 401(k) Required Minimum Distributions

Effective January 1, 2020, your employees must withdraw at least the minimum amount from their employer-sponsored 401(k) and IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts) by age 72. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – January 2020

Value-Based Care Gains Favor as a Provider Reimbursement System

man putting money in dr pocketHealth care experts believe value-based care could lower costs and improve patient outcomes.
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Rules and Exceptions When Providing Benefits to Same Sex Couples

law bookEmployers who offer benefits to spouses must also offer them to same-sex couples though there are exceptions. Read on for details.

 
 

IRS Sets 2020 Retirement Plan Contribution and Benefit Limits

tax formsNearly all of the dollar limits currently in effect for 2019 will experience minor increases for 2020. Read on for details.

 
 

Dental Insurance Promotes Overall Health

Providing employees the opportunity to purchase dental insurance is not enough. Employee education is an important element when you offer voluntary benefits. Read on for details.

Employee Benefits Report – December 2019

President Trump Issues New Health Coverage Responsibilities for Employers of Immigrants

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New and proposed immigration requirements for documented and undocumented immigrants could impact employers who offer health care coverage.
Read on for details.
 
 

How Employers Can Avoid FMLA Pitfalls

FMLA handbookThe FMLA has been law since 1993 but employers can still find the rules confusing. Read on for details.
 
 
 
 

When is Indemnity Health Insurance an Acceptable Alternative to a Fully-Insured Plan?

stethoscope with block familyHere’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages.
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Are Your Workplace Policies Up to Date about Vaping?

The popularity of vaping is sending some employers scrambling to craft workplace policies governing the use of electronic cigarettes. Read on for details.