August, 2023

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How — and why — employers should make healthcare benefits interesting

Employee Benefit News

Employers should be investing just as much into education as they are into creating robust benefit offerings.

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Report: Group Health Plan Cost Inflation to Pick Up Steam

InterWest Insurance Services

A new report by Aon warns employers to expect average group health insurance costs to increase 8.5% in 2024, as inflation starts hitting the cost of delivering care as well as pharmaceuticals. The report predicts that employers will pay an average of $15,088 in 2024, compared to the average this year of $13,906. The cost hike is almost double the 4.5% increases employers saw in 2022 and 2023.

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USCIS Releases Revised Form I-9 to Be Used by November 1

PayrollOrg

On August 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with an edition date of 8-1-23.

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How Does Dental Insurance Work and Is It Worth It?

Fringe Benefit Analysts

You probably know the feeling well. Another six months rolls around and then one day you glance down at your upcoming week’s schedule and there it is, your bi-yearly dentist checkup. But don’t panic. You know the dentist really isn’t as bad as it seems and there are actually some very important reasons to have a dental checkup and cleaning every six months.

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Creating a Company Culture of Care: Integrating Mental Health, Wellbeing, and DEI in Benefits

Speaker: Sean Raible

Picture a workplace where physiological safety is not just an aim but a reality, driven by thoughtful employee benefits that prioritize mental health, wellbeing, and DEI. 🤔 ✨ Achieving this vision requires more than just occasional training sessions and employee assistance programs. Moving beyond the basics, this vision calls for a holistic approach that integrates these elements into your company culture as well as your HR and benefits strategy.

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How a second opinion healthcare program is saving employers $36k per employee

Employee Benefit News

A virtual appointment with a medical specialist at the Cleveland Clinic helps patients get the right kind of care.

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Dealing with Unresponsive HR: What to Do When HR Ignores Your Concerns

HR Digest

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where HR seems to be turning a blind eye to your concerns? You’re not alone. Dealing with unresponsive HR can be frustrating and disheartening, especially when you’re facing a toxic work environment or an unresolved issue. But fear not! We’ll explore actionable steps you can take when HR ignores your complaints.

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What will the Flexible Working Act mean for working carers?

Employee Benefits

From 2024, employees will be able to request flexible working hours and patterns twice in a 12-month period and will not have to explain any potential effect on their employer. Organisations will have to consider all requests and provide a reason before rejection within two months. Being able to request flexible working should eliminate any stress, anxiety or worry for employees trying to balance work with caring responsibilities.

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A surprising number of employees wouldn’t mind having an AI as their ‘boss’

Workplace Insight

According to a new poll from the Asana Work Innovation Lab , nearly two-thirds of executives of executives think that artificial intelligence will help their companies reach their objectives. The report also suggests that 36 percent of employees in the United States and United Kingdom already use AI at work at least weekly. And a perhaps surprising number of people wouldn’t mind having their work graded by artificial intelligence or even having a robot as their ‘boss’ The repor

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Is relocation reimbursement taxable? How to assess tax liability for employee relocation

Business Management Daily

There often comes a time when you need employees to move for your business. Perhaps you are opening a new location and want a few of your top team members to lead the charge. Or you may have the perfect promotional opportunity for an employee arise, but it’s at a different branch. When this happens, it’s common to offer relocation reimbursements.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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What are voluntary benefits?

WEX Inc.

Voluntary benefits give employees the opportunity to further customize their benefits package to meet their personal needs. And they serve as an excellent cost-effective recruitment and retention tool for employers as they look for ways to improve their benefits offerings. In fact, 76% of employees in a recent survey said voluntary benefits would entice them to stay at their current company.

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Budgeting and Prepping for Open Enrollment

InterWest Insurance Services

If you are running a business, you need to get an early start on preparations for your small group health plan open enrollment, particularly now as so much confusion abounds about the state of health insurance in the country. With recent new regulations, options have changed for employers and you need to stay focused on maximizing your outcomes within your budget.

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Professionalism in the Workplace: Building a Positive Environment

HR Digest

In today’s competitive and fast-paced work environment, professionalism plays a crucial role in creating a positive and supportive atmosphere. When employees exhibit professionalism, it not only enhances individual growth but also contributes to the overall success of the organization. In this article, we will explore the importance of professionalism in the workplace and discuss strategies to foster a healthy work culture.

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Helen Burgess: Back to school and the impact on employees

Employee Benefits

It’s nearly that time of year again where parents and their children start planning for the return to or start of school. The school day and the typical 9am to 5pm working schedule are not aligned and parent employees may request to change their start and finish times permanently, or ask to work from home on certain days to allow them to perform their work around school hours, if that is possible in their role.

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6 Strategies to Navigate Social Determinants of Health for a Better Workplace

In today’s dynamic work landscape, where the lines between personal and professional life blur, understanding the intricate interplay between social determinants of health (SDoH) and emotional wellbeing is paramount. Employers must acknowledge that the whole person comes to work and every aspect of a person’s personal and professional life, especially their mental health, comes with them.

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Memories of the Office Age 

Workplace Insight

No author uses the built environment like J G Ballard. In his 1975 novel High-Rise, the eponymous structure is both a way of isolating the group of people who live and compete inside it and a metaphor for their personal isolation and inner struggles. Over the course of three months, the building’s services begin to fail. The 2,000 people within, detached from external realities in the 40-storey building, confronted with their true selves and those of their neighbours, descend into selfishness an

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Using Employee Perks to Beat Inflation

TalentCulture - Employee Benefits

Sponsored by Abenity Employee perks are like mom and apple pie. Who doesn’t love them? Still, employers may hesitate to invest in “extras” like perks programs in this shaky economy. But perks and discounts are much more than just a fun way to help employees feel special. They’re also a smart talent strategy. Want proof? […] The post Using Employee Perks to Beat Inflation appeared first on TalentCulture.

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Support your employees’ fertility benefit needs with an HSA or FSA

WEX Inc.

Roughly 1 in 6 adults worldwide are affected by infertility. Reasons can vary, which is why wide-ranging fertility benefits can also improve the lives of any adult wanting to start a family. And did you know that a variety of fertility and infertility treatments are eligible for health savings account (HSA) and medical flexible spending account (FSA) funds?

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Handling Health Insurance for Remote Workers

InterWest Insurance Services

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more employers are allowing their staff to work remotely on a permanent basis, often allowing them to never have to set foot in the office again. This newfound freedom for American workers has allowed many of them to leave the cities they were living in for small towns or even more remote areas around the country. But for employers who have instituted work-from-home policies, they are faced with navigating a more confusing employee benefits landscape.

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HR Trends to Watch in 2024 + Plus Advice for Driving Impact!

The pressure is on to create a positive onboarding experience. Plus, a sub-par onboarding process can domino into other concerns such as low performance, burnout (for you and new hires), and retention challenges. Our 2024 State of HR report will give you a realistic picture of the HR landscape and tips to onboarding effectively in the year to come.

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How to Write Up an Employee Properly and Professionally

HR Digest

So, you’ve got to write up an employee. Sigh It’s never fun, but sometimes it’s necessary. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. In this ‘How to Write Up an Employee Guide,’ we’ll walk you through the process of writing a professional employee write-up, from start to finish. We’ll also provide you with ‘How To Write Up An Employee | Email Templates’ so you can see what it should look like.

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Network Rail withdraws annual bonuses for striking employees

Employee Benefits

Network Rail has withdrawn annual bonuses for staff who went on strike in a long-running dispute about pay, jobs and working conditions. Those who participated in strike action from June 2022 onwards will not receive a performance-related payment this year. This decision is likely to affect up to 20,000 members of the RMT union, whose members took industrial action earlier this year.

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Sixth Circuit Highlights Importance of the Plan Document

Proskauer's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensa

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ( Patterson v. United HealthCare Ins. Co. , No. 22-3167, 2023 WL 4882436 (6th Cir. Aug. 1, 2023 ) ) illustrates the importance of clearly describing key plan terms in the plan document and summary plan description. Incomplete documentation or disclosure can nullify rights of the plan and its sponsor.

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What the office of the future will really look like is the office of today

Workplace Insight

It’s a banality to point out that futurism is nowism plus either a robot butler or blasted landscape. So, I was taken with a press release we had last week from Studio Alliance which shows an AI’s depiction of the office of the future at various points over the next quarter of a century. What is most striking to me, if you set aside the Jetson-y outside views, is how much like the office of the present each is.

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Improving Access To & Utilization Of Cancer Screening With Color

Discover how Color's comprehensive care solution is revolutionizing cancer screening adherence and knowledge. Through an in-depth case study, Color's unique approach to comprehensive cancer care has shown significant benefits in increasing screening rates and enhancing patient knowledge. Participants reported a 2-3x increase in adherence to screening guidelines over just 8 weeks, with 84% of participants increasing their familiarity with timing and frequency of cancer screening.

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7 considerations when choosing a health plan for the first time

WEX Inc.

Whether you're transitioning from your parents' insurance, landed your first full-time job, or are simply obtaining coverage for the first time, choosing health plans and employee benefits options can be overwhelming. You’ll likely hear a lot of terms and acronyms that you’ve never heard before. For first-time health insurance and benefits electees, we’re kicking off a three-part blog series just for you to walk through considerations when making these decisions.

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OSHA Proposes Changes to Construction PPE Standard

InterWest Insurance Services

Fed-OSHA has proposed new regulations that would require personal protective equipment for construction workers to be properly fitting. OSHA’s main concern is that the current standard PPE doesn’t clearly state that the equipment must fit each construction worker properly, which the general industry and maritime standards already require.

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People Management Skills: The Key to Effective Leadership

HR Digest

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, effective people management skills are crucial for leaders and managers. People management encompasses a range of responsibilities, from recruiting and onboarding to training and development, performance management, employee engagement, and more. By mastering these skills, leaders can retain top talent, boost productivity and engagement , and drive overall business success.

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Ian Hodson: How do you encourage employees to use green commuting options?

Employee Benefits

More than ever, being able to demonstrate your values as an organisation is imperative not only to active employees but also to recruitment candidates looking for a match not only in respect of the role, but also the organisational culture. Encouraging employees to take greener travel options can be an important part of an organisation’s sustainability and environmental efforts and it is well worth taking the time to revisit the education programme and benefits that can embed and endorse t

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6 Steps to a Better Compensation Strategy

Compensation is one of your biggest expenses as a business, but it is also your biggest investment in your people and your culture. A great compensation strategy can be an incredible asset that supports your business goals and lays a foundation of trust between your company and your employees. Whether you already have a compensation strategy in place or you’re building one from scratch, this guide will help you level up your approach through these 6 steps: 1.