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9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel | Ohio Benefit Brokers

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 … Continued

Explaining the Opioid Crisis | Ohio Benefit Advisors

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.  … Continued

Perk Up Your Benefits Packages | Ohio Benefit Advisors

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News.When considering a job offer, these types of benefits are top of … Continued

Health Plan PCORI Fees Are Due July 31 | Ohio Benefit Brokers

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 … Continued

Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone | Ohio Employee Benefit Advisors

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 … Continued

5 Employee Handbook Mistakes to Avoid | Ohio Benefit Brokers

“Gary Wheeler, partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a well-respected national employment law firm and legal partner to ThinkHR, explains five mistakes he sees frequently in his clients’ employee handbooks.”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 … Continued

Notifying Participants of a Plan Change | Ohio Benefit Consultants

Curious about when you should notify a participant about a change to their health care plan?The answer is that it depends!Notification must happen within one of three time frames: 60 days prior to the change, no later than 60 days after the change, or within 210 days after the end of the plan year.For modifications … Continued

Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Ohio Benefit Advisors

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, … Continued

It’s Intern Season | Ohio Benefit Consultants

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 … Continued

IRS Changes Course (Again) and Restores 2018 HSA Family Limit to $6,900 | Ohio Benefit Advisors

Friday, April 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2018 annual contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for persons with family coverage under a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) is restored to $6,900. The single-coverage limit of $3,450 is not affected.This is the final word on what has been an unusual … Continued

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