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Portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs) went into effect on January 1, 2019. It expands the availability of AHPs, allowing small businesses to band together and negotiate better deals when buying insurance for their members by broadening the definition of “employer.” States are reacting in extremely different ways. Learn more here.

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More than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day. This means a new person is eligible for Medicare benefits every eight seconds. But many who reach this milestone need help determining their best Medicare options. Further complicating the matter is that many people continue to work past the age of 65. Understanding Medicare can help employees make the right decision based on their particular needs. Let’s start by covering some of the basics.

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Employees have spoken – paid time off (PTO) is important. In fact, a good PTO policy is one of the most valued benefits among job seekers. According to a recent survey, flexible hours and more vacation time ranked among the top three job perks people look for – right behind better health insurance.¹

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Smartphones seem to be organizing our lives one app download at a time. We can deposit checks, order groceries, get fitness coaching and socialize all from our mobile devices. This convenience and accessibility inspired the creation of HealthJoy, a comprehensive healthcare guidance and engagement platform. HealthJoy is designed to simplify healthcare benefits, lower costs and increase benefits satisfaction.

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Keeping up with the latest employee benefit news can be a job in itself. Benefit trends and regulations are constantly changing. Because they play such a vital role in attracting and retaining quality employees, it is crucial to stay on top of the most recent developments in this field.

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Now is the time to rethink your approach if your organization has not transitioned from a traditional compensation and benefits plan to a total rewards strategy. Historically low unemployment rates continue to create a competitive labor market, and the talent pool is rapidly changing as baby boomers retire and millennials join the workforce. In response to this staffing environment, employers are beginning to modify their total rewards strategies and offer things like chef-prepared meals, yoga classes, massages, student loan repayment programs, unlimited paid time off (PTO) and sabbaticals.

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To remain competitive in today’s labor market, employers are constantly looking for avenues to attract, retain and reward key executives. They need options that will not only appeal to their employees, but also align with the company’s strategic plans and long-term goals. Certain benefit plans, such as the 162 Bonus Plan, when structured properly, have the ability to provide advantages to both employers and employees.

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When it comes to healthcare, we understand that you often get what you pay for, but there is a thin line between accepting price hikes and being a diligent consumer. Fighting the rising costs associated with group medical plans often feels like an uphill battle.

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What makes your company stand out from its competitors? Twenty years ago you might have said that technology gave your team a competitive edge, but in today’s environment, technology is a common (and typically necessary) commodity that simply helps maintain the status quo. So where are companies regaining that lost advantage? The answer can be found in an organization’s human capital.

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It's been said that "a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there." Perhaps Wayne Simmonds knew this when he began selling dust mop services for an up-and-coming franchise business known as Dust-Tex in the late 1950s. Fresh from active duty in the U.S. Navy, Wayne returned to Omaha, Nebraska with his young family and worked for the business until it was eventually acquired by American Uniform Company.

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