human-resources

HR Audits 101

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

Although some organizations stay on top of HR audits, others appreciate their importance but fail to perform them. Organizations can fall short on conducting them due to a lack of time, resources, and HR expertise. Without these periodic, objective reviews of HR practices, policies, alignment with company culture, and strategic direction, the organization will suffer in the long run.

by Chris Freitas

10 Insurance Broker Benefits

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

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.

by Chris Freitas

Insurance Broker Considerations: 10 Things to Look For

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Group Health, Health Insurance, Health Plans, Healthcare, Human Resources, Insurance, Teamwork

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.

by Chris Freitas

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

One of the first considerations for candidates when evaluating job prospects is the company's employee benefits. Medical expenses can be costly, and employees want to know that they and their families will be taken care of if medical needs arise. Many employees would even consider a job with lower pay for a job with better health benefits, as 88% of the respondents in a 2,000-person study by research firm Fractl indicated. Offering healthcare benefits is essential for employers to attract, hire, and retain top talent. 

by Chris Freitas

International Travel Insurance 101

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employees, Family, Financial Planning, HR, Human Resources, Insurance

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.

by Chris Freitas

401(k) Discrimination Testing: What Is It and How Does It Help Your Business?

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employees, Equality, Family, Financial Planning, HR, Human Resources, Inclusion, job satisfaction, Retirement

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.

by Chris Freitas

Sexual Harassment Training for Employees: Why It's Necessary

Employee Benefits, Employee Training, Family, HR, Human Resources, Sexual Harrassment, Wellness

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.

by Chris Freitas

6 Types of Retirement Plans: Differences and Overview

Employee Benefits, Family, Health Care, HR, Human Resources, Insurance, Retirement, Wellness, PTO, Health Care Cost

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.  

by Chris Freitas