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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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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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Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone | Texas Employee Benefit Consultants
May

22

2018

Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone | Texas Employee Benefit Consultants

While there’s plenty of talk about work/life balance, many employees want to feel human while at work, too. Being able to bring their whole selves, according to “3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace,” from Workforce, is an essential piece of a welcoming, inclusive workplace environment. Putting employees first as a defined company value means helping team members feel connected, valued, and like their…

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Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Houston Employee Benefits
Apr

23

2018

Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Houston Employee Benefits

Curious about when you should notify a participant about a change to their health care plan?  The answer is that it depends!  Notification must happen within one of three time frames: 60 days prior to the change, no later than 60 days after the change, or within 210 days after the end of the plan year. For modifications to the summary plan description (SPD) that…

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Higher Satisfaction Through Higher Education | TX Benefit Advisors
Apr

10

2018

Higher Satisfaction Through Higher Education | TX Benefit Advisors

When evaluating employee benefits, essentials such as health and dental plans, vacation time and 401(k) contributions quickly come to mind. Another benefit employers should consider involves subsidizing learning as well as ambitions. Grants and reimbursements toward advanced degrees and continuing education can be a smart investment for both employers and employees. Educational benefits are strongly linked to worker satisfaction. A survey by the Society for Human…

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Electronic Delivery of ERISA Notices | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors
Mar

27

2018

Electronic Delivery of ERISA Notices | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors

Q. Can we provide summary plan descriptions (SPDs) electronically? A. Yes. However, just sending them is not enough to meet ERISA requirements; you must ensure the intended recipients are actually getting them. Specifically, ERISA requires SPDs to be furnished using “measures reasonably calculated to ensure actual receipt of the material” via “methods likely to result in full distribution.” Electronic delivery is one way to meet…

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All About Medical Savings Accounts | TX Benefit Advisors
Mar

13

2018

All About Medical Savings Accounts | TX Benefit Advisors

Taking control of health care expenses is on the top of most people’s to-do list for 2018.  The average premium increase for 2018 is 18% for Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans.  So, how do you save money on health care when the costs seems to keep increasing faster than wage increases?  One way is through health savings accounts. Health savings accounts are used in conjunction…

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6 Ways to Keep the Flu from Sidelining Your Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits
Mar

5

2018

6 Ways to Keep the Flu from Sidelining Your Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits

  This year’s flu season is a rough one. Although the predominant strains of this year’s influenza viruses were represented in the vaccine, they mutated, which decreased the effectiveness of the immunization. The flu then spread widely and quickly, and in addition, the symptoms were severe and deadly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the 2017 – 2018 flu season…

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