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Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Houston Benefits Consultants
May

8

2018

Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Houston Benefits Consultants

  The world is connected nowadays through our screens. Whether it be email, texting, websites, Facetime, or social media; we all use technology to connect us to others. According to Hubspot, an online marketing and sales software provider, consumers are on social networks more than ever before. They wrote:   “In our survey of 1,091 global internet users, we’ve found people have dramatically increased content…

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Grandmothers Can Visit A Little Longer | Houston Employee Benefits
Apr

13

2018

Grandmothers Can Visit A Little Longer | Houston Employee Benefits

States that permit carriers to renew medical policies without adopting various Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements may continue to do so through 2019, according to a bulletin released April 9, 2018, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The bulletin extends transitional relief for non-ACA-compliant policies for another year. The affected category of non-ACA-compliant policies, available in some individual and small group insurance…

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Price Shopping Healthcare | Houston Employee Benefits Brokers
Apr

5

2018

Price Shopping Healthcare | Houston Employee Benefits Brokers

As the costs of health care soar, many consumers are looking for ways to control their medical spending. Also, with the rise of enrollment in high deductible health plans, consumers are paying for more health care out-of-pocket. From medical savings accounts to discount plans for prescriptions, patients are growing increasingly conscious of prices for their healthcare needs. Price shopping procedures and providers allows you to…

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Overturned | TX Benefits Broker
Mar

29

2018

DOL Fiduciary Rule Overturned | TX Benefits Broker

In its March 15, 2018, decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule that expanded the definition of an investment advice fiduciary under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Under the Fiduciary Rule, investment brokers were going to be required to put the interest of their clients before their own when advising…

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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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Mar

8

2018

IRS Releases New Form W-4 and Updates Withholding Calculator | TX Benefit Advisors

Our February 7, 2018 blog post reported on the late February release of the Form W-4 and guidance on the income withholding rules that changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. On February 28, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the new 2018 Form W-4 and an updated withholding calculator. Why a Withholding Calculator? The IRS encourages the use of the withholding…

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Employee Spotlight:  Nancy Alvarado, PHR, Account Manager | Houston Benefit Advisors
Feb

20

2018

Employee Spotlight: Nancy Alvarado, PHR, Account Manager | Houston Benefit Advisors

Meet Nancy Alvarado- hailing from Pasadena, Nancy is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and a Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR). “We appreciate what Nancy brings to the team and look forward to a brighter 2018 with her here,” says Amanda Chan, Director of Operations. Previously working in Human Resources as a Benefits Specialist, Nancy didn’t always…

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Deadline Approaching: Post Form 300A | TX Benefit Advisors
Feb

19

2018

Deadline Approaching: Post Form 300A | TX Benefit Advisors

This is a reminder that from February 1 through April 30, 2018, impacted employers are required to post a copy of their 2017 Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries) in a common area where employee notices are usually available. This annual requirement may not apply to certain employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury and…

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2018 W-4 Forms Won’t Be Released Until Late February | Texas Benefit Advisors
Feb

7

2018

2018 W-4 Forms Won’t Be Released Until Late February | Texas Benefit Advisors

If you’ve been getting questions from your employees about completing new 2018 W-4 forms to take advantage of the tax reform rules, we’ve finally received some answers. You can continue to rely on the current W-4 forms for now until the new 2018 form is released in late February. The January 29th Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2018-14 provides additional guidance on the income withholding…

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