United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

What is Perfectionism, and Is It Affecting Your Work Life?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 17, 2019 9:25:00 AM

If you feel that perfectionism is associated with high performance and higher success rates, you might be surprised to learn that it has a dark side as well. It might seem that trying to work diligently with extremely high standards is good for productivity and success, but that’s not always the case.

 

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Topics: wellness, mental health, office productivity, workplace wellness, workplace culture, teamwork

How to Take your 2020 Benefit Change Rollout to the Next Level

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM

With open enrollment right around the corner, employers are faced with the annual question: how are we going to get employees engaged, while helping them make the smartest benefit decisions for their individual situations?

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Topics: employee benefits, Open Enrollment, benefits enrollment, HR Elements

DOL Issues Updated Medicaid / CHIP Model Notice

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 10, 2019 10:36:48 AM

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued an updated Premium Assistance Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Model Notice. Employers should distribute the updated model notice before the start of the plan year if they have any employees in a state listed in the notice.

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Topics: DOL, CHIP, compliance recap

Ensuring Accurate Skill Matching

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 8, 2019 8:28:00 AM

Finding the right people to successfully execute in the workplace is the core responsibility of HR, but research shows it is becoming increasingly difficult to vet candidates manually. To compound this challenge, recruitment is flooded with hundreds or thousands of resumes to wade through (many of which are unqualified), and this is not the best use of their time.

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Topics: HR Elements, Skill Matching, Professional Development, Career Advancement

CMS Requires Prescription Drug Coverage Reporting under Section 111 MSP Reporting

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 3, 2019 9:18:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its Section 111 Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) User Guide and issued FAQs that require responsible reporting entities (RREs) to submit primary prescription drug coverage information as part of their Section 111 MSP Mandatory reporting requirements effective January 1, 2020.

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Topics: prescription drug coverage, compliance recap

Millennials and Gen Z will Drive Employee Perks in 2020

Posted by: Krys Reid    Oct 1, 2019 8:27:00 AM

When we hire younger employees and then worry about retaining them, it is pretty evident these days that perks could make or break your results. Competing during a talent shortage changes the game and requires employers to understand the benefits that are important to these generations.  We all know that salary is not the primary reason for leaving a job.

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Topics: UBA Partner Firm, employee perks, Millennials in the Workforce, Work Remotely

Incentivizing Corporate Wellness

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 26, 2019 10:47:00 AM

Nearly every large employer offers some type of wellness program, but if your team feels you’ve “been there, done that,” maybe it’s time to revisit your definition of wellness. With the expansion of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in the west, modern wellness applications are so much more than just eating veggies and stepping on a scale.

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Topics: wellness incentives, wellness programs, healthy lifestyles, HR Elements

IRS Releases Private Letter Ruling Regarding Section 213(d) Medical Care Expenses

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Sep 24, 2019 10:15:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a private letter ruling (Letter) regarding whether the price of a DNA collection kit – specifically services and reports related to a person’s health that are generated from analyzing the collected DNA – qualify as Section 213(d) medical care expenses.

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Topics: IRS, compliance recap, DNA Collection Kit, Medical Care Expenses

Expansion of the Remote Workforce

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 19, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Laptop on, loafers off. 

According to one Cision study, more than 50% of the working works from home at least half of the week. Remote work is exploding in popularity, expanding by 91% over the last ten years and 159% over the last 12 years.

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Topics: employee benefits, productivity, HR Elements, Work Remotely, Work From Home

Hold on to Those Shades

Posted by: VSP Vision Care    Sep 17, 2019 11:32:09 AM

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you should put away your sunglasses.

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Topics: VSP Vision Care, vision benefits, VSP, UV Protection