United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

IRS Announces Health Insurance Providers Fee to Resume in 2020

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 29, 2019 9:12:00 AM

As background, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a fee on each covered entity (for example, health insurers or a non-fully insured MEWA) engaged in the business of providing health insurance for United States health risks.

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Topics: ACA, IRS, ACA fees, compliance recap

4 Steps to a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 24, 2019 9:16:00 AM

If your team is waving goodbye to doggy day-care and the days of leaving furry friends at home, congratulations! The trend of bringing dogs to work started soon after what is widely considered the most influential research on dog-friendly offices, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Topics: pets at work, HR Elements, pets, Dog-Friendly Offices

IRS Publishes Proposed Rules on Affordability Safe Harbors and Nondiscrimination for ICHRAs

Posted by: Karen Hsu    Oct 22, 2019 8:32:00 AM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published proposed rules clarifying how the employer shared responsibility provisions and Section 105(h) nondiscrimination rules apply to health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based group health plans that are integrated with individual health insurance coverage or Medicare.

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Topics: HRAs, IRS, compliance recap, Individual Coverage

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