Regardless of the reason why you need it, purchasing insurance can cause feelings of anxiety and dread. Buying the right type and level of coverage for you and your business requires a lot of time and resources. You want to ensure that you’re purchasing the right coverage to mitigate risks and provide financial security. If you’re looking for employee benefits, you also have the challenge of balancing the needs and requests of your employees with the needs and budget of the business.
Securing insurance takes time and resources. Because each individual, family, and business has a unique set of risks, there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” policy, regardless of the type of policy you’re seeking. Insurance brokers provide the expertise required to help individuals and businesses secure insurance policies to meet a wide array of needs.
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.
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.
Travel insurance protects individuals and businesses against loss that occurs while traveling. Travel insurance mitigates losses caused by missed flights, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, personal injury or sickness while abroad, lost or stolen personal items and baggage, and unforeseen personal events that prevent traveling. While some might consider travel insurance unnecessary, for many, it provides peace of mind. With the right level of protection, travel insurance allows individuals to focus on the purpose of their trip, whether for business or personal reasons, without wondering what might happen if they find themselves in an emergency situation.
Offering retirement savings benefits as part of a company’s employer value proposition is essential to attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent. To help employees plan for their financial future, the most common retirement savings plan that employers offer for today’s workforce is a 401(k) defined contribution plan. A 401(k) plan allows employees to contribute pre-tax dollars to tax-deferred investments based on IRS annual contribution limits. Many employers offer a company match to employee contributions, with standard practices being a 50-cents-for-every-dollar match or a dollar-for-dollar match up to 6% of the employee’s contribution.
It’s no secret that sexual harassment in the workplace was occurring long before the “#MeToo” and “#TimesUp” movements. A ruling on two court cases by the United States Supreme Court in 1998 said that an employer is liable for actionable sexual harassment caused by a supervisor or a higher authority over the employee if appropriate actions were not taken to correct the problem. After the ruling, sexual harassment training became a new norm in the workplace.
Financial wellness matters to employees. Unfortunately, however, a large portion of the workforce is not financially healthy. From an overload of debt to living paycheck to paycheck, individuals often struggle to maintain financial balance and make ends meet. When employees stress about finances, that stress doesn’t check itself at the office door when the employee arrives at work. Financial stress impacts an employee’s ability to do her job, which can lower productivity and eventually affect the bottom line.
Financial stress can harm mental and physical health. In the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Stress in America survey, 60% of respondents reported money as a significant stressor, which has been recorded at a similar level for the past few years. In a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, 40% of employees said they spent three or more hours dealing with personal finances weekly, and 56% of employees revealed that they experience financial stress. Money management and financial stress are also cited as top reasons why many married couples file for divorce. These stats partly indicate why so many employees seek out employers that have a well-rounded benefits package with some type of retirement savings plan.
Approximately 93% of fathers and 72% of mothers make up the U.S. workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because many of the men and women who are not currently parents will be at some point, family-friendly benefits are essential to offer as part of an organization’s employee value proposition.
However, in 2018, only 17% of workers had access to paid family leave, leaving approximately 80% of American workers without paid family leave. Further, 93% of low-wage workers who are in the bottom quarter of wage earners have no access to paid family leave, and 94% of part-time workers have no access to paid family leave. Almost all of the 193 countries in the United Nations offer paid parental leave to its citizens; the United States is one of the rare exceptions. The United States is also the only country out of the 41 in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union that does not mandate some level of parental leave benefits for employees.