employers

Insurance Broker vs. Insurance Agent

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

Insurance brokers and agents act as intermediaries between insurance companies selling insurance and consumers seeking to purchase insurance. There are several insurance options and insurance organizations from which to choose. Brokers and agents help navigate the many choices of insurance available to meet the needs of their clients at a fair price. If you’re in the market for personal or business insurance, you might be wondering what the differences are between an insurance agent and an insurance broker.  

by Chris Freitas

Federal and California Health Insurance Regulations for 2020

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

Health insurance is one of the top benefits that employers can offer to employees. Providing health insurance to employees requires employers to stay on top of the ever-changing legal landscape focused on employer benefits. Do you know both the current and new federal and California health insurance regulations for 2020? In the content below, we explore how this year's health insurance regulations impact employers and employees.

by Chris Freitas

What Is Group Health Insurance?

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

Group health insurance differs from individual health insurance. Individual health insurance is when an individual purchases health insurance for himself or herself and possibly dependents. Group health insurance is health insurance offered by employers to their employees. 

by Chris Freitas

Help employees choose the right benefits to manage health care costs in retirement

Benefits, Employees, Employers, Financial Planning, Retirement

High health care costs during working years and in retirement can easily derail a financial plan. Employees need a long-term strategy. Fortunately, more and more employers are bolstering their benefits programs to help their employees build a stable financial future.

by Chris Freitas

The Risks are Real

Employers, Human Resources, People Risk, Risk

Even when you proactively anticipate all the people risks that have the potential to impact your workplace, it’s easy to convince yourself there is no risk to youthat it will never happen here.

by Mike Radakovich

Legislative Cleanup: California Senate Attempts to Clear Up S.B. 1343 Sexual Harassment Training Confusion | California Benefits Agency

Employers, Human Resources, Risk Management

On February 26, 2019, California Senate Bill 778 was introduced to clear up confusion about when employers are required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training and education under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended by Senate Bill 1343) and when retraining is required. Read about S.B. 1343 in our blog.

by Mike Radakovich

The Right Information at the Right Time | California Benefits Partners

Employers, Risk Management

We are all drinking from a firehose of news and information — all day, every day. With this deluge of information, it can be difficult to determine what’s truly important to know. But being reactive is not acceptable. You need to know what’s coming, what affects you, and how it affects you.

by Mike Radakovich

PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | California Benefits Consultants

ACA, Employers, HRA, HSA, Human Resources, Insurance, Law Updates, PCORI, QSEHRA, Self-insured

On November 5, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2018-85 to announce that the health plan Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee for plan years ending between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 will be $2.45 per plan participant. This is an increase from the prior year’s fee of $2.39 due to an inflation adjustment.

by Mike Radakovich

Be the Boss You Want to See in the World | CA Benefits Advisors

Blog, Boss, Employees, Employers, Human Resources, Leadership, Teamwork, Workplace

An article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that the traits that make someone become a leader aren’t always the ones that make someone an effective leader. Instead, efficacy can be traced to ethicality. Here are a few tips to be an ethical leader.

Humility tops charisma
A little charisma goes a long way. Too much and a leader risks being seen as self-absorbed. Instead, focus on the good of the group, not just sounding good.

by Mike Radakovich

Choosing the Right Flexible Benefit for Employees | Cupertino Benefits Agency

Dependant Care, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, FSA, Health Plans, HRA, HSA, Human Resources, Insurance, Open Enrollment

Trying to decide which of the many employer-sponsored benefits out there to offer employees can leave an employer feeling lost in a confusing bowl of alphabet soup—HSA? FSA? DCAP? HRA? What does it mean if a benefit is “limited” or “post-deductible”? Which one is use-it-or-lose-it? Which one has a rollover? What are the limits on each benefit?—and so on.

by Mike Radakovich