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February 2021
A Note on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in COVID-19, Nondiscrimination

A Note on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent EEOC guidance implies that they expect many employers to require a vaccine, there are already several states where bills are being introduced to prevent employment discrimination against those who refuse a vaccine (MN, NJ, SC), and it’s likely bills...

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Feb
2021
Exploring EAPs | Texas Employee Benefits Agency
in Custom Content, Employee Benefits

Exploring EAPs | Texas Employee Benefits Agency

by admin

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are company-sponsored programs that provide assistance to employees for a variety of personal issues that may be hindering or adversely affecting their work performance. Typically offered through third-party administrators, EAPs can provide their services online or via telephone and can sometimes be a part of the employee’s healthcare plan, however it is not a replacement to the healthcare plan. Examples of...

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16

Feb
2021
Be Alert: Employers Are Seeing a Spike in Phishing Scams | Houston Benefits Firm
in Blog, Human Resources

Be Alert: Employers Are Seeing a Spike in Phishing Scams | Houston Benefits Firm

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Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically appear to come from a person or entity we trust. In most cases, careful inspection will reveal cracks in the façade, little signs that the message is not what it purports to be. But, of course, most of us don’t thoroughly analyze...

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9

Feb
2021
COVID-19 Fraud Protection | Texas Benefits Advisors
in COVID-19, Custom Content

COVID-19 Fraud Protection | Texas Benefits Advisors

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The COVID-19 crisis has not only stolen the health and well-being of people all over the world, but now, it seems, it has opened the door to criminals who want to steal your money and your identity. Historically, when there are times of crisis, the crime rate increases. We see this with natural disasters when stores are looted or when the economy is tanking and...

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Feb
2021
January 2021
What to Know About Life Insurance for Diabetics | Houston Employee Benefits
in Life Insurance

What to Know About Life Insurance for Diabetics | Houston Employee Benefits

by admin

  Many people falsely believe that life insurance for diabetics doesn’t exist. In reality, there are quite a few life insurance options for the 34.2 million Americans who have diabetes. While diabetes remains a health challenge for many, it is still very possible to secure good life insurance as a diabetic. Here are some key things to know about getting life insurance if you have diabetes. Insurance...

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27

Jan
2021
Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce | Houston Benefits Group
in Compliance News, Remote Work, Uncategorized

Compliance Requirements for a Remote Workforce | Houston Benefits Group

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According to Gallup, the number of days employees are working remotely has doubled during the pandemic. Some companies are even considering making a remote work arrangement permanent. While there are no laws that exclusively apply to remote workplaces, remote work does come with additional compliance risks. Below is our general guidance for employers. Logging Hours and Preparing Paychecks Make sure that employees are logging all...

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20

Jan
2021
Exploring Disability Insurance | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Benefits, Insurance

Exploring Disability Insurance | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

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Disability insurance is a type of insurance coverage that replaces a portion of your monthly income in the event you are unable to perform your work functions due to illness or injury. This insurance gives both yourself, and those who are dependent on you and your paycheck, a sense of financial security while you are out of work. Let’s explore disability insurance. Who Qualifies for...

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11

Jan
2021
3 Tips for Effective Goal Setting | Houston Benefits Agents
in Leadership

3 Tips for Effective Goal Setting | Houston Benefits Agents

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There is never a better time to look towards the future than right now. Goal setting does not need to be constrained to the start of a new year. So, let’s look at three helpful tips for effective goal setting. First, what is a goal? A goal is defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” Goals can...

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6

Jan
2021
December 2020
How to Improve Your Job Postings | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
in HR

How to Improve Your Job Postings | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

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A job posting is often the first impression a prospective job applicant has with your organization. It’s important for that impression to be an informative one. Your job postings should convey why someone would want to work for your company, what distinguishes your workplace from others, what’s exciting about your mission and vision, what you have to offer, and what the job is and requires....

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16

Dec
2020
4 Things to Consider When Comparing Medicare Plans | Houston Benefits Firm
in Health Plans, Medicare

4 Things to Consider When Comparing Medicare Plans | Houston Benefits Firm

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Comparing Medicare health and prescription drug plans can be complicated. Keep in mind these 4 things to make your plan choice easier with the Medicare Plan Finder. Total cost for care. It’s important to think about your total out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, maximums, and drug costs, that you’ll pay with a Medicare health or drug plan. When you compare plans with Medicare Plan Finder, we’ll explain these costs and...

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9

Dec
2020
November 2020
Virtual Holiday Parties | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Company Culture, Custom Content, Employee Engagement

Virtual Holiday Parties | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

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Building camaraderie between your employees is essential for employee engagement and retention. In fact, employees with close work friendships report 50% higher satisfaction with their work, according to Gallup. Hosting parties for your office this season may not be possible, yet they are still important. We’ve gathered some fun alternative ways to celebrate together while apart this holiday season. IT’S PARTY TIME! Gingerbread House Building...

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30

Nov
2020
Data Drop: Workforce Surveys Reveal Effects of Pandemic | Houston Benefits Firm
in HR, Work from home

Data Drop: Workforce Surveys Reveal Effects of Pandemic | Houston Benefits Firm

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How 2020 will be remembered is largely going to be shaped by the pandemic, both for larger society and the workplace. There is no industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19 and thus, no segment of the workforce that hasn’t felt its impact. We can see this playing out in the data we collect. Perhaps more than any other crisis before it, data is telling...

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9

Nov
2020
End of Year Healthcare | Texas Benefits Advisors
in Blog, Health Care

End of Year Healthcare | Texas Benefits Advisors

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As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare benefits. HAVE YOU MET YOUR DEDUCTIBLE YET? Before you continue...

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Nov
2020
October 2020
Three Surprising Benefits to a Virtual Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits
in Communication, open enrollment

Three Surprising Benefits to a Virtual Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits

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With many enrollments being forced to go virtual this year, you may feel at a disadvantage. But, there are actually plenty of reasons to believe a virtual open enrollment could be even more effective for you and your clients. IMPROVED EDUCATION People only tend to remember 10% of what they hear and only 20% of what they read. However, people actually recall 80% of what...

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21

Oct
2020
Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Houston Benefits Group
in Custom Content, Health Care, Healthcare

Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Houston Benefits Group

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In a world where viruses run rampant across the globe and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, there is an easy way for you and your family to stay healthy—preventive care services. Preventive is defined as “used to stop something bad from happening.” Preventive care is care that thwarts off illness or disease thanks to regular check-ups, counseling, and screenings. When you subscribe to a health plan—regardless...

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7

Oct
2020
September 2020
Telemedicine | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Custom Content, health

Telemedicine | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system in the US has changed. More and more, people are seeking out telemedicine services versus the traditional brick and mortar physician’s office. This trend also includes telemental health services as well. So what are the advantages of these services and how are they growing to meet the need? Pandemic Launch The COVID-19 pandemic definitely thrust the...

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Sep
2020
Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews | Houston Benefits Agents
in Human Resources, Remote Work

Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews | Houston Benefits Agents

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When quarantine officially came into effect, thousands of businesses with no remote work policy in place scrambled to piece together teleworking procedures robust enough to handle the complications of COVID-19. For many it was a learning process, a time of continual adjustment to find the right solutions for their organizations. Quarantine has now been in effect for several months now, and many departments have gone from...

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23

Sep
2020
9 Books Every HR Pro Should Read in 2020 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
in Human Resources

9 Books Every HR Pro Should Read in 2020 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

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Quarantine leaves us with a healthy chunk of time to reassess and spend time with the ones we love. But as quarantine goes on, the work must go on as well and for HR professionals, that means developing professionally as much as everyone else within the organization. With all this time on your hands, a nice relaxing read is not only good for your development,...

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14

Sep
2020
Tips to Maximize your HSA Benefits | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Custom Content, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

Tips to Maximize your HSA Benefits | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

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Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are great ways to save tax-free money for medical expenses both in the current term, and for your retirement years. By making wise choices, you can maximize the benefit of these fantastic savings accounts. Let’s take a quick look at the basics and then explore some tips on how to make your HSA money grow. What is an HSA? According to...

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8

Sep
2020
What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee | Houston Employee Benefits Experts
in Human Resources

What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee | Houston Employee Benefits Experts

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The prospect of corrective action or termination makes a lot of managers nervous. That’s understandable. For employees, being disciplined or losing their job can be anything from moderately embarrassing to financially devastating, but it’s rarely a happy occasion. For the employers, these actions always come with some risk, and there are plenty of legal danger zones an employer can end up in if corrective action...

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Sep
2020
August 2020
Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits
in Custom Content, open enrollment

Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits

by admin

  Open enrollment season is upon us and many companies are choosing to host “virtual benefits fairs” instead of the traditional “walk and talk” fairs. Open enrollment meetings have turned into live streaming events or recorded webinars. Incentivizing employee participation in these areas can come in a variety of ways but the newest trend is gamification. Gamification has been defined as “behavior modification using technology.”...

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Aug
2020
Making the Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up | Houston Benefits Group
in Communication, Company Culture, Uncategorized

Making the Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up | Houston Benefits Group

by admin

  Right now, organizations across the country are asking themselves what they can do to make their workplaces more inclusive, diverse, and equitable, particularly for Black employees. They’re hosting conversations, acknowledging areas where they’ve fallen short, and identifying opportunities for improvement. For these efforts to be successful, employees need to be able to speak freely, offering critical and candid feedback about individual behaviors, workplace practices,...

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Aug
2020
Family Caregivers: 5 Tools to Avoid Burnout | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Custom Content, health, Wellness

Family Caregivers: 5 Tools to Avoid Burnout | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

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  According to the National Center on Caregiving, a family caregiver (or informal caregiver) is “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.”  In the US, 85% of caregivers care for a relative or loved one with 42% of those caregivers supporting an aging parent. Since early 2020,...

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Aug
2020
August 2020