United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Attracting and Retaining Employees with Vision Benefits

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 21, 2014 9:34:00 AM

In the face of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the most substantial change in decades to the U.S. health care system, many employers are struggling to stay on top of health plan compliance while focusing on attracting and retaining employees, especially as the economy improves. Employee benefits packages that include vision insurance can help employers reach strategic goals, attract and retain employees, control health care costs, and increase productivity.

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Topics: HR webinars, employee benefits, hr consulting, Strategic Partner, VSP Vision Care, vision benefits, UBA Partnership

If PPACA Were the Joneses, “Keeping Up” Would Be Hard to Do

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 3, 2013 4:23:00 PM

Delay, delay, delay … Error, delay, repeal. That seems to be the trend with health care reform, but it doesn’t mean employers are exempt from compliance in 2015 or the requirements that remain in effect for 2014 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 

Under PPACA, employers still have varying degrees of responsibility, based on number of employees, for providing health coverage that is both affordable and offers a minimum standard of coverage. 

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Topics: HR webinars, health care costs, health insurance, health insurance exchanges, ACA, employee benefits, health care reform, PPACA

Brushing Up On Your Employee Benefits Communication Skills

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 6, 2013 12:17:00 PM

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Topics: HR webinars, employee communication, UBA, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care

Happy and Well: Employee Wellness Under Obamacare

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 21, 2013 4:00:00 PM

A recent article in Human Resource Executive Online shared a startling statistic: It takes about 16 years to realize a positive return-on-investment on employer-sponsored wellness programs. That’s a long time, and more importantly makes you wonder why we implement wellness programs at all? According to this article, it’s not so much about the health care dollars you gain back for your business with wellness programs, but more about how these initiatives can transform your company culture for the better.

Here’s a quick article excerpt:

“Edington believes wellness programs can't save enough in healthcare costs to make a difference – ‘maybe $200 to $300, at best’ – but he thinks a wellness program can create shareholder value.

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, wellness, employee wellness, UBA, employee benefits

Happy and Well: Employee Wellness Under Obamacare

Posted by: Bill Olson    Aug 21, 2013 2:20:00 PM

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, wellness, employee wellness, UBA, employee benefits

A Simple Solution for Intermittent Leave and FMLA

Posted by: Michael Humphrey, MLHR    Jul 30, 2013 12:12:00 PM

By Mike Humphrey
Sr. Employee Benefits Advisor
The Wilson Agency, a UBA Partner Firm

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Topics: HR webinars, FMLA, employment law, UBA, hr consulting

Keys to Managing FMLA

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jul 12, 2013 11:35:00 AM

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Topics: HR webinars, FMLA, disability management, UBA, HR compliance

Developing a New Approach to Disability Management

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jun 18, 2013 1:48:00 PM

Most employers are, unfortunately, all-too-familar with the traditional approach to disability management: employees must prove they’re disabled. While this traditional strategy may seem effective to some, research shows that its adversarial nature actually leads to higher costs due to more medical tests needed to demonstrate disability.

Ninety-five percent of disabilities are caused by illnesses, rather than accidents (1) – for this and many other reasons, employers should reevaluate their approach in handling employee absences.  This startling statistic shows that illnesses are complex and often involve multiple factors that can, and do, prohibit a quick recovery.

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Topics: employee engagement, HR webinars, employee communication, disability management, UBA, hr consulting, absence management, absenteeism

Disasters Happen – Are Your Employees Prepared?

Posted by: Bill Olson    May 3, 2013 12:45:00 PM

There are some stunning statistics that speak to the fact that most employers are not prepared to handle a disaster. For instance, did you know that only 35 percent of small- to medium-sized businesses have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan*, yet 94 percent of them believe that a disaster could seriously disrupt their business in within the next two years?**

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Topics: HR webinars, disaster preparedness, UBA, hr consulting, HR compliance

Employee Benefits Cost Management Lessons from the Public Sector

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 1, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Of any industry, the public sector must find a way to simultaneously keep employee health care costs low, yet attractive enough to recruit and retain the best public service talent. However, with exponentially increasing health insurance premiums, this is a daunting task.

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Topics: HR webinars, health care costs, employee benefits, hr consulting, health care