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The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits
Jul

3

2018

The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs). AHPs are not new, but they have not been widely available in the past and, in some cases, they have not been successful. The Final Rule is designed to make AHPs available to a greater number of small businesses as an alternative to standard ACA-compliant small group…

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Jun

28

2018

Leadership, Now With More Humility | Houston Benefit Consultants

More and more, we are learning that scientists, marketers, programmers, and other kinds of knowledge workers lead office lives very similar to famous innovators like Watson, Crick, and Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA. How so? All of these people live work lives structured around progress in meaningful work. And when this progress occurs, it boosts emotions, perceptions, and productivity. This could be an important…

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6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts | Jersey City Employee Benefits
Jun

26

2018

6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts | Jersey City Employee Benefits

School’s out! Summer is here, and it’s the time of year when working parents have questions about using their Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). Are summer camp expenses eligible? What about day versus overnight camps? Employers and benefit advisors want to be ready with answers about this valuable benefit program. The following are the top summertime questions about DCSAs and reimbursable expenses: 1. What are…

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9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors
Jun

19

2018

9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors

Workplace rules are back, baby! Peter Robb, General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (and my new hero), issued a memorandum on Wednesday that employers should love. Mr. Robb has declared that nine standard employer policies will now be presumed lawful under the National Labor Relations Act. The memorandum was based on the Board’s decision in The Boeing Company, issued in December 2017. Before Boeing, the NLRB under the Obama Administration…

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Is Fortnite Interfering With Your Workplace? | Houston Benefit Consultants
Jun

12

2018

Is Fortnite Interfering With Your Workplace? | Houston Benefit Consultants

If you haven’t heard, the latest video game craze is Fortnite Battle Royale. This free multiplayer game can be played on both PC & Mac computers, Xbox, Playstation, and iOS devices. Fortnite is set on an island where a floating bus drops 100 players to gather materials to build fortresses and collect weapons in order to battle each other until the last player is left…

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ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants
Jun

7

2018

ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants

On May 21, 2018, the IRS announced that the affordability percentage under the Affordable Care Act’s play or pay rules will increase to 9.86% for 2019 plan years. This is an increase from 9.56% for 2018 plan years. By way of background, the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision – often called the employer mandate or “play or pay” – requires large employers to offer health…

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Understanding the Opioid Crisis | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors
Jun

5

2018

Understanding the Opioid Crisis | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors

Lately, there’s been a big focus on America’s opioid addiction in the news. Whether it’s news on the abuse of the drug or it’s information sharing on how the drug works, Americans are talking about this subject regularly. We want to help educate you on this hot topic. Opioids are made from the opium poppy plant. Opium has been around since 3,400 BC and it…

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Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Houston Benefit Advisors
May

29

2018

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Houston Benefit Advisors

Do you offer coverage to your employees through a self-insured group health plan? Do you sponsor a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)? If so, do you know whether your plan or HRA is subject to the annual Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI) fee? This article answers frequently-asked questions about the PCORI fee, which plans are affected, and what you need to do as the employer sponsor….

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Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants
May

25

2018

Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants

  “Your most valued asset isn’t your house, car, or retirement account. It’s the ability to make a living.” No one foresees needing disability benefits.  But, should a problem arise, the educated and informed employee can plan for the future by purchasing disability insurance to help cover expenses when needed. When you ask people what is the number one reason disability insurance is needed, most…

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