United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

The Treasury Releases 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Dec 5, 2019 8:35:00 AM

The Treasury released its 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan (Priority Guidance Plan) that sets forth guidance priorities for the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the twelve-month period from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

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Topics: FMLA, benefits, compliance recap, HFSAs, Priority Guidance Plan, FY2020

Balancing Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 3, 2019 8:22:00 AM

With our busy lives and schedules, it can be difficult to find the right balance between food and fitness. The holidays compound the challenge even more. Between work and personal life, deadlines and sleep, indulgence and healthful eating, somewhere there is surely a balance! We’re here to show you how to do it.

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Topics: wellness, healthy eating, Holiday Wellness, Stay Fit the Holidays

A Recession in 2020? Here’s What the Experts Say, and How You Can Prep for It

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 26, 2019 11:11:45 AM

With the upcoming decade bringing new benefit opportunities, open enrollment, and brand new positions, the future looks bright for businesses of every size and sector. But as the world looks to 2020 and beyond, some finance experts say the next decade won’t be all smooth sailing.

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Topics: HR Elements, Labor Recession, Outsourcing, 2020

District Court Vacates Parts of ACA Section 1557 Nondiscrimination Rule

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 21, 2019 8:29:00 AM

As background, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557 provides that individuals shall not be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any health program or activity which receives federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The current rule applies to any program administered by HHS or any health program or activity administered by an entity established under Title I of the ACA. These applicable entities are “covered entities” and include a broad array of providers, employers, and facilities. On May 13, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule (current rule) implementing Section 1557, which took effect on July 18, 2016.

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Topics: ACA, HHS, ACA Section 1557, compliance recap

It’s Time to Give Your Performance Review … a Performance Review

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 19, 2019 9:17:00 AM

If you’ve felt the itch to reimagine your company’s performance review structure, your head is probably in the right place.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, 58 percent of executives believe that their current performance management processes neither drive employee engagement nor high performance. If engagement and performance are low, it’s time to start addressing how you’re conducting performance reviews.

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Topics: HR Elements, Performance Reviews, Performance Management, 360 Review

DOL, HHS, and Treasury Release Final FAQs on Mental Health / Substance Use Disorder Parity

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 14, 2019 9:30:00 AM

The U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) released final FAQs About Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the 21st Century Cures Act Part 39. The Departments respond to FAQs as part of implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). The FAQs contain a model disclosure form that employees can use to request information from their group health plan or individual market plan regarding treatment limitations that may affect access to mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits.

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Topics: ACA, HHS, DOL, mental health, compliance recap, MHPAEA

How to Handle Pay-History Inquiries —The Right Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 12, 2019 8:42:00 AM

We’ve all been there. You’ve gotten deep into the job interview process, and then you’re face-to-face with the awkward question: would you share your previous salary? 

Whether the question rears its head in a digital application or during initial in-persons, none of us like answering it. Many people, especially young people, are less committed to their employers and seek new jobs every few years in order to rapidly spike their salaries, yet having to confront the pay question is never comfortable.

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Topics: HR Elements, pay gap, Pay Scale, Pay History

IRS Releases Information Letter on Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties under the ACA

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Nov 7, 2019 9:45:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) released an information letter responding to an inquiry of whether employer shared responsibility penalties (ESRPs) may be waived or reduced based on hardship or other factors and whether the IRS will extend the transition relief for employers with fewer than 100 employees.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, compliance recap, ESRPs

What is Emotional Agility, and How Can You Manage Your Emotions in the Workplace?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

It’s a buzzword we hear all the time: emotional agility. So you may be asking, what exactly IS emotional agility? It’s defined as one’s ability to deal with stressors and discomfort in work and life. People are preprogrammed to deal with situations in certain ways, but these types of reactions don’t always allow room for emotional growth.

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Topics: wellness, stress, Cope with Stress, Emotional Agilty

It’s Time to Stop Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 31, 2019 8:27:00 AM

The kids are more than all right: they’re the stars of the show.

It seems like developing market research in every business sector is all about millennials and Gen Z. How do we capture and retain their interest? How do we market and remarket to them? What are they interested in to begin with? What do they find attractive in a brand or company?

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Topics: HR Elements, Generational Differences, Generation Z, Generational Diversity, Ageism