The Employee Benefits Blog

Additional Points to Consider About DOL’s New Overtime Rules

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, May, 26, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

You’ve likely heard by now that the U.S. Labor Department released new overtime regulations for salaried employees last week. Did you know the threshold has automatic increases scheduled every three years? Do you have a plan to ensure you’re properly paying remote workers? As you go about making plans to update your policies and procedures to comply with the rules, here are some additional points to consider.

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Topics: overtime, FLSA, payroll

ACA Update: What the Latest on Zubik v. Burwell Means for Your Business

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, May, 24, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or Obamacare, employer health plans are mandated to provide free contraception coverage to employees. In 2014, the Supreme Court found in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that a for-profit, closely held corporation that objects to providing birth control on religious grounds must show that these beliefs are long-standing in order to avoid providing contraception.

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Topics: employee benefits, Obamacare, ACA, contraception, zubik v. burwell

Encourage Employees to Bike to Work in May

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, May, 19, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

May is National Bike Month, and over the past few weeks, cities and business groups have been encouraging people to ride bicycles to work. Biking to work can be invigorating for employees, but they may need accommodations from employers — such as onsite showers or storage areas — to make it a habit. To help your employees make the switch to biking to work, educate them on the benefits and offer tips. Here are some ideas.

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Topics: employee wellness, bike to work

Mental Health Wellness Is an Employer Issue During Mental Health Month

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, May, 12, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18 percent of people 18 and older faced a mental illness at some point in 2014. There are millions of employees who are either living with a mental health issue or supporting someone who does, a fact that highlights the importance of including mental health in corporate wellness programs. These articles provide some insights on how employers can help support employees with mental health during Mental Health Month.

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Topics: employee benefits, mental health wellness, mental health month, employee wellness program

Employee Benefits for Municipalities and Local Governments

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, May, 10, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Government jobs are often seen as desirable because they’re fairly stable and often offer strong benefits. But putting together a unique benefits package to use for recruitment can be difficult, as municipalities are often working with bargaining units to determine benefits for employees. Offering standardized benefits when working with multiple units gets complicated.

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Focus on Workers’ Wellness During Employee Health & Fitness Month

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, May, 05, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

May is Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, making it the perfect time to look over the wellness efforts your company offers. Wellness programs have been touted as tools to keep health insurance costs down, but are they worth it? The return isn’t always clear, so here are some articles to help you get the most out of your employee wellness program.

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Topics: employee wellness, wellness program, employee health and fitness

Critical Care Insurance 101

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, May, 03, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

It’s easy to understand that coming down with a critical illness or going through a health emergency could be devastating for your family. It’s harder, though, to quantify exactly how much that emergency or illness might cost, which makes it difficult to prepare for it. May is Critical Care Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to look into health care coverage that can help mitigate large hospital bills for certain health issues.

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Topics: voluntary benefits, employee benefits, critical care insurance

More Companies Embrace Parental Leave Options

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 28, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Several well-known companies have announced new parental leave options in the past few months, signaling a change in the way these policies fit into employee benefits. The United States is the only industrialized country that does not mandate paid maternity leave, leaving it up to employers to decide how best to manage employees who want to start a family. But as more employers offer more generous leave to new mothers and fathers, it could signal a big change in what employees may expect. Consider some of these changes and whether they’re a good fit for your company. 

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Topics: maternity leave, employee benefits, paternity leave, parental leave

It’s Not Open Enrollment Season — So Why Are We Talking About It?

Posted by Colin Bradley on Tue, Apr, 26, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Open enrollment season often feels like it hits at a tough time — for most companies, it goes into full swing at the end of the year, in the midst of holiday breaks and fourth-quarter stress. For many HR leaders, “open enrollment” is a time of year they’d rather not think about until they absolutely have to. But open enrollment doesn’t have to be a stressful time. If you treat open enrollment as a year-round event, it becomes a lot more manageable.

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Topics: benefits communication, employee benefits, open enrollment

Employee Benefits Meet Public Health For World Immunization Week

Posted by Colin Bradley on Thu, Apr, 21, 2016 @ 07:04 AM

Nobody likes to get stuck with a needle, but vaccines are one of the most important and effective ways to stop the spread of diseases. As we approach World Immunization Week, set for April 24-30, it’s a good time to reinforce the importance of immunizations in public health, especially in the face of the Zika virus scare. Employers play a strong role in public health through providing health benefits, so read on to catch up with some of the latest breakthroughs in disease prevention.

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Topics: employee benefits news, immunizations, zika virus, vaccines, flu shot, world immunization week