Kainos Blog

August 2018
Trust Equation | Houston Benefits Partners
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Trust Equation | Houston Benefits Partners

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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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Aug
2018
DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Houston Employee Benefits
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DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Houston Employee Benefits

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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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Aug
2018
Ask the Experts: Marijuana and the ADA | Houston Benefits Brokers
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Ask the Experts: Marijuana and the ADA | Houston Benefits Brokers

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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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Aug
2018
July 2018
Preparation Aids Prevention | Houston Benefits Firm
in Blog, Employer News, HR News, human resources, Kainos Blog, Leadership, OSHA, Resources, Safety, Wellness, Workplace

Preparation Aids Prevention | Houston Benefits Firm

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  Incidences of workplace violence are becoming more common and are all over the news. It’s not just high-profile headline cases that are a concern—it’s happening on a smaller scale in all kinds of businesses. Threats to workplaces can take many forms, from cyberbullying and workplace harassment to physical altercations and targeted violence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that every year nearly...

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Jul
2018
Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal | Houston Benefit Consultants
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Everyone Wins When Growth is the Goal | Houston Benefit Consultants

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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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Jul
2018
Wearable Technology in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Consultants
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Wearable Technology in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Consultants

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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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Jul
2018

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Disability Insurance | Houston Employee Benefit Brokers

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Are you prepared for an unexpected absence from work? How do you prepare for the unexpected?? Check out this video to learn more about how disability insurance can help you!  

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Jul
2018
The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits
in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Benefits Administration, Blog, Employee Benefits, Employee Communication, employees, Employer News, group benefits, Group Health Coverage, Health Care Plans, Health Plans, human resources, Insurance, Kainos Blog

The News About Association Health Plans | Houston Employee Benefits

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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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Jul
2018
June 2018

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Leadership, Now With More Humility | Houston Benefit Consultants

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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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Jun
2018
6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts | Jersey City Employee Benefits
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6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts | Jersey City Employee Benefits

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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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Jun
2018
9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors
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9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors

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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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Jun
2018
Is Fortnite Interfering With Your Workplace? | Houston Benefit Consultants
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Is Fortnite Interfering With Your Workplace? | Houston Benefit Consultants

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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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Jun
2018
ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants
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ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019 | Houston Benefits Consultants

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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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7

Jun
2018
Understanding the Opioid Crisis | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors
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Understanding the Opioid Crisis | Houston Employee Benefit Advisors

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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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Jun
2018
May 2018
Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Houston Benefit Advisors
in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Blog, COBRA, Compliance News, Employer Mandates, Employer News, ERISA, Health Care Plans, Health Plans, HRAs, HSA, human resources, Insurance, IRS, IRS reporting, Kainos Blog, PCORI, Self-insured, small employer

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

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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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May
2018
Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants
in Blog, department of labor, Disability Insurance, DOL, Employee Benefits, employees, Health Plans, human resources, Insurance, Kainos Blog

Disability Insurance | Houston Benefit Consultants

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  “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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May
2018
Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone | Texas Employee Benefit Consultants
in Benefits Administration, Blog, corporate culture, Employee Benefits, Employee Communication, employee wellness, employees, human resources, Kainos Blog, Leadership, Millennials, Motivation, Organizational Motivation, Resources, teamwork, UBA, Well-being, Wellness, Workplace

Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone | Texas Employee Benefit Consultants

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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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May
2018
5 Employee Handbook Mistakes to Avoid | TX Benefits Brokers
in Blog, Employee Communication, employee leave management, employees, Employer News, FMLA, human resources, Kainos Blog, leave-based donation program, Paid Leave, Resources, return to work plan, teamwork, Workplace

5 Employee Handbook Mistakes to Avoid | TX Benefits Brokers

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It’s too long, inconsistent, or redundant. Like with your house, when you live with an employee handbook for a while, you collect things and it gets cluttered. Your handbook gets longer and runs the risk of having internal inconsistencies. Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to give it a thorough review to remove inconsistent or redundant policies, plus make it shorter and...

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May
2018
Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Houston Benefits Consultants
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Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Houston Benefits Consultants

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  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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May
2018

in Blog, Employer News, human resources, Internships, Kainos Blog, Paid Internships

It’s Intern Season | Texas Employee Benefits

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Summer internships offer students opportunities to gain real-world experience and hands-on career development. Conversely, internship programs give employers access to highly motivated and educated young workers and give junior managers more experience training and supervising. There are benefits for everyone involved. However, there are some potential legal and administrative pitfalls that many employers overlook. One of the largest issues is determining what interns should be...

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May
2018
May 2018