United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Cost Effective Wellness Strategies for Small Business Employers

Posted by: Lori Kunkle, RN, MSN    Sep 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Companies like Google®, L.L. Bean®, and Zappos.com® have the ability to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on wellness programs for their employees. They can build state-of-the-art gym facilities, walking trails around the corporate campus, and offer any number of wellness services to benefit their workers, as well as monetary incentives. For the average employer and small business owners, this type of programming is nearly impossible. Small business owners may not have money to spend on these types of wellness programs, but they do recognize the value of investing in the health and wellbeing for their employees. These are shared strategies you can use to offer your employees opportunities to reduce health risks, control health care costs, and improve productivity and overall wellbeing.

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Topics: wellness, small business, UBA white paper, Lori Kunkle, voluntary wellness programs, wellness compliance

Striving for a Culture Change in Your Wellness Program (Part 1)

Posted by: Heather Mills, CWWPM    Sep 9, 2016 11:52:34 AM

Many of us have seen or heard about the various wellness programs referred to as “participation–based” programs. These participation-only programs continue to be the starting point for many organizations when they enter the world of workplace wellness. Participatory programs typically include a few individual and team-based activities, offer a level of electronic or onsite seminar education, and offer employees biometric screening and personal health risk assessments. Organizations may even award prizes, hold drawings, or offer giveaways.
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Topics: wellness, wellness programs, independent employee benefits advisors, UBA white paper, healthy lifestyles, Heather Mills

Seven Common Mistakes That Could Trigger a DOL Audit

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

UBA Department of Labor Audit white paperNot many things incite more fear than receiving a notice that you’re about to have an audit, especially from the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, re-employment services, and some economic statistics. It is headed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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Topics: Department of Labor, Don't Roll the Dice on Department of Labor Audits, DOL audit, UBA white paper