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Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements | Ohio Benefit Advisors

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law. The Cures Act provides a method for certain small employers to reimburse individual health coverage premiums up to a dollar limit through HRAs called “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements” (QSE HRAs). The provision went into effect on January 1, 2017. On October … Continued

Are You Ready to Electronically Report Injuries and Illnesses to OSHA? | Ohio Benefit Advisors

December 1, 2017 is the deadline for certain employers to use the Occupational Safety and Health Agency’s (OSHA) Injury Tracking Application (ITA) portal to report information from their 2016 Form 300A regarding employee illnesses and injuries. We previously reported (Breach Forces OSHA to Shut Down Reporting Portal) that OSHA suspended employer reporting through the ITA … Continued

Employee Spotlight – Jenny Howe, CWPM

This month we’re highlighting Account Manager and Wellness Coordinator, Jenny Howe!  We’ve asked Jenny a few fun questions to get to know her a little bit better! How long have you been with the company?  11 years on 4/26/17 What is the favorite aspect of your job?   Interacting with the employers and employee’s. Do you … Continued

Flex Work: Advantages in the New Workforce | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Flex Work.  No doubt you’ve heard this term (or some variation) floating around the last decade or so, but what exactly does it mean? Flexible work can vary by definition depending on who you ask, but one thing is for sure, it’s here to stay and changing the way we view the workforce. According to … Continued

Department of Labor Delays Enforcement of the Fiduciary Duty Rule | Ohio Benefit Advisors

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the applicability date for the final fiduciary rule will be extended, and published its final rule extending the applicability date in the Federal Register on April 7. This extension is pursuant to President Trump’s February 3, 2017 presidential memorandum directing the DOL to further … Continued

Employee Benefit Trends of 2017 | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Customization of benefits is becoming more popular.  The process of personalizing employee benefits allows for individuals to choose from an array of options, and increases employee satisfaction.      

Congress Eliminates OSHA Continuous Reporting Obligation Rule | Ohio Benefit Advisors

What played out as a soap opera of sorts involving all three branches of government has resulted in relief for employers. On March 22, 2017, the Senate narrowly adopted House Joint Resolution 83 (H.J.Res.83) under the Congressional Review Act. The joint resolution nullifies a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) final rule that went … Continued

The Changing Landscape of Employee Benefits | Ohio Benefit Consultants

There is no denying our industry is changing rapidly, and it’s not about to slow down. Combined with disruptive advances in technology and evolving consumer expectations, we’re seeing consumer-driven health care emerge. Take, for example, the fact that employees now spend more than nine hours a day on digital devices. There’s no doubt that all … Continued

Gig Economy 101 | Ohio Benefit Advisors

What is a Gig Economy?                                                             By Nicole Federico, eTekhnos Benefits Technology

Strategic Benefits Communication: How Do You Measure Success? | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Last fall I had the pleasure of hosting a UBA WisdomWorkplace webinar called “Success in Voluntary through Strategic Benefits Communication.” I discussed recent Sun Life survey data regarding employee engagement and understanding of the value of voluntary benefits. In the world of voluntary insurance carriers, success in voluntary benefits can be measured in various ways. … Continued

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