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What is a MERP?

Employee Benefits, Health Care, HR, Human Resources, Insurance, Health Care Cost

Smart business leaders and diligent human resource teams stay alert to alternative health plans to better serve their employees’ healthcare interests and their own organizations’ budgets. Employers continue to search for comprehensive yet affordable ways to provide health insurance for their valued employees.  

Employers are increasingly considering options, such as a medical expense reimbursement plan (MERP), which offers businesses a tax-free benefit, rather than the traditional benefits route, such as group health insurance. 

by Chris Freitas

When is a Good Time to Self Fund My Plan?

Employee Benefits, Health Care, HR, Human Resources, Insurance, Health Care Cost

The ongoing state of health insurance plans has organizational executive teams and their HR program leaders searching for new solutions. They want to see end results that promise financial savings for everyone while also offering better healthcare value for employees.

by Chris Freitas

When and How Should I Exit My PEO?

Employee Benefits, Health Care, HR, Human Resources, Insurance, Health Care Cost

Engaging a professional employer organization (PEO) — sometimes known as an employee leasing service — has become an important strategy for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across the United States over the past three decades. With 907 PEOs in the U.S. employing 3.7 million people, PEOs have become a reliable staple in the business world, helping more than 175,000 SMBs enjoy impressive rates of growth in brief time frames.  

by Chris Freitas

Top 5 Learning Metrics to Watch

Employee Training, HR, Human Resources, KBI Blog, Education

How much job training equates to time wasted:  About 20%, according to one LinkedIn study.  That’s the percentage of learners who never apply their training to their job.  That same study says 67% of learners apply the lessons learned, but in the end, revert to previous habits.  Another study found 45% of training content is never applied.

by Mike Radakovich

10 Tips for Excellent Company Culture

HR, Workplace Wellness, Company Culture

When it comes to culture, companies have to walk the walk and talk the talk.

by Mike Radakovich

DOL Updates the Employer CHIP Notice | Cupertino Employee Benefits

CHIP, DOL, Employers, Group Health, HR, Law Updates

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the model notice for employers to use to inform employees about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). All employers with group health plans are required to distribute a CHIP notice at least once a year to employees living in certain states. There is no need to send another notice to workers who received the prior version in the past year, but employers should use the updated notice going forward. This also is a good time for employers to review their procedures for distributing CHIP notices.

by Mike Radakovich

Ask the Experts: Marijuana and the ADA | Cupertino Benefits Firm

ADA, CSA, Employees, Employers, HR, Human Resources

Question:
Is medical marijuana use protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? If so, what accommodations would be considered reasonable?

by Mike Radakovich