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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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Avera – a name derived from a Latin word meaning “to be well” – is synonymous with patient-focused holistic care. With a service footprint covering 72,000 square miles across 86 counties, Avera Health offers expert care in 60 medical specialties. Patients benefit from Avera’s innovative use of technology, as well as the emotional and spiritual emphasis woven into its care model.

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SilverStone Group is serious about Associate wellness. So serious, in fact, that we have an entire volunteer committee that develops and executes programs to support Associate well-being – all backed by our executive leadership team. Our Wellness Activities Group (WAG) is excited to announce our partnership with Virgin Pulse (VP) beginning in 2019. VP is a total employee well-being solution that drives sustainable, long-term behavior change, strengthens workforce cultures and increases productivity.

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There has been a lot written about when to collect Social Security benefits. Despite this, most retirees remain confused – and rightly so! This area of financial planning is very complicated with general rules and a host of exceptions to those rules. Moreover, searching for advice at your local Social Security office may result in conflicting recommendations on the best strategy.

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‘Tis the season for giving thanks. Every year for Thanksgiving, millions of Americans gather around their family tables to feast and give thanks. It’s a beautiful tradition, but it shouldn’t just be seasonal.

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Today’s competitive job market has been amplified by the nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring daily.¹ Couple that with a record low 3.9% national unemployment rate and it’s not surprising
that applicant pools are looking rather thin. As the demand for qualified candidates increases, developing a strategic recruitment process is imperative.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recently awarded its 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index winners and SilverStone Group received Silver-level recognition for implementing quality workplace health programs and fostering a health-minded culture.

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The IRS has released the 2019 cost of living adjustments affecting retirement plans. The adjustments and changes affect the limits applicable to all employees who defer salary into retirement plans, plans that are integrated with Social Security, the maximum benefit payable from defined benefit plans and the maximum annual additions for defined contribution retirement plans.  For your convenience, SilverStone Group has summarized the changes as follows:

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Today’s workforce is competitive. Employers in every industry are searching for ways to attract, engage and retain talented people. With increased job skill specialization, it has never been
more difficult to expand a company's workforce.

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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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