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Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Houston Benefits Firm
Oct

17

2018

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Houston Benefits Firm

We have entered Open Enrollment season and that means you and everyone in your office are probably reading through enrollment guides and trying to decipher it all. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your health plan last year. Looking backward can actually help you…

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Oct

2

2018

Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020 | Houston Benefits Partners

When will the new Form W-4 be released? In 2020, according to a press release published by the Treasury Department on September 20, 2018. The department announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued work to refine the new approach for the form. As a result of the enactment of the 2017…

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Trust Equation | Houston Benefits Partners
Aug

14

2018

Trust Equation | Houston Benefits Partners

We are currently living in a low-trust society as a whole — we keep hearing that news is fake, science is fake, and so on. That makes it hard for us to trust anyone and is why we need to work on building trust in the workplace more than ever. Human resources professionals and business leaders have an imperative to instill a culture of trust…

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DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Houston Employee Benefits
Aug

9

2018

DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Houston Employee Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the model notice for employers to use to inform employees about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). All employers with group health plans are required to distribute a CHIP notice at least once a year to employees living in certain states. There is no need to send another notice to workers who received the prior version in…

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Ask the Experts: Marijuana and the ADA | Houston Benefits Brokers
Aug

7

2018

Ask the Experts: Marijuana and the ADA | Houston Benefits Brokers

Question: Is medical marijuana use protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? If so, what accommodations would be considered reasonable? Answer: You are not required to accommodate medical marijuana use under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Even though medical marijuana is legal in many states, under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is still illegal. The ADA expressly excludes people who use…

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Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal | Houston Benefit Consultants
Jul

24

2018

Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal | Houston Benefit Consultants

It’s a dilemma. On the one hand, today’s buzzing, multifaceted working environments challenge employees more than ever before. On the other, these same working environments are often also overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes it seems like success means mania—but this doesn’t have to be the case. More and more frequently, experts urge offices to focus not on performance but on growth. Performance cultures create “winners” and…

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Wearable Technology in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Consultants
Jul

18

2018

Wearable Technology in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Consultants

Don’t lie–we ALL love gadgets. From the obscure (but hilariously reviewed on Amazon) Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer to the latest iteration of the Apple empire. Gadgets and technology can make our lives easier, make processes faster, and even help us get healthier. Businesses are now using the popularity of wearable technology to encourage employee wellness and increase productivity and morale. According to a survey cited…

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