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Annual Stewardship Report: What HR Teams & Benefits Managers Must Know

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Wellness, Workforce, Workplace

Have you ever created an annual stewardship report? Are you familiar with them and all they can do to enhance your business and inspire your employees, organization, clients, and stakeholders?

An annual stewardship report serves as a tool to provide transparency in your operations to anyone who has a vested interest in your business, including the public. Businesses of all types and in all industries increasingly use annual stewardship reports to foster confidence, community engagement, and increased growth, socially and financially.

If you’re ready to start producing an annual stewardship report to provide transparency in your approach to benefits, keep reading to learn more.

by Chris Freitas

Top 10 Employee Survey Questions: Gaining Valuable Benefits Insights

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Contribution Limits, Employee Benefits, Employees, Employers, Employment, Equality, Insurance, Wellness, Workforce, Workplace

Over the past decade, employees’ work desires and motivations have remained in a state of flux. Perhaps it is the changing of the guard in four parts with the four co-existing generations in the workplace at one time. The unique attitudes from Baby Boomers and Generation X to Millennials and Generation Z are bound to have an impact on the workforce since the world has changed drastically over the past 50 years.

by Chris Freitas

Should I Use an Insurance Broker?

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employees, Insurance, Leadership, Workforce, Workplace, Insurance Broker

One of the best benefits of insurance brokers is that they work for the consumer to procure insurance plans that meet their needs instead of insurance companies. Furthermore, brokers work with several insurance carriers, so they can shop around to find the best pricing and plans to meet the needs of a business and individual clients. They often receive broker discounts from insurance companies and, at times, can pass those savings on to the consumer.

by Chris Freitas

Tuition Reimbursement: How Do Employers Benefit from It?

Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employee Training, Employees, Leadership, Workforce, Workplace, Education, Tuition Reimbursement

It is common knowledge that student loan debt is a combined trillion-dollar concern for millions of Americans. However, that doesn’t deter individuals, young and old alike, from pursuing higher education. It does, however, give them cause to find lower-priced colleges and various means to pay for college without going into insurmountable debt. Grants, low-interest loans, work-study, and tuition reimbursement are all options to help cover college expenses.  

by Chris Freitas

New Trends in Employee Benefits for 2021

Benefit Advisors, Benefits, Benefits Plans, Employee Benefits, Employee Training, Employees, Insurance, Leadership, Technology, Workforce, Workplace, Online Benefits, Education

Employee benefits are an essential part of any employee value proposition. Employers have continually used their comprehensive benefits plan to attract and retain top talent in competitive job markets for decades.

As we continue into Q1 of 2021, there is no question that 2020 was a year that will go down in history. Between the pandemic and natural disasters to the changing political landscape, we saw a shift in the benefits employees desired and needed.

by Chris Freitas

Drug-Free Workplace Policy and Marijuana Legalization for Employers

Benefits Plans, Employee Training, Insurance, Leadership, Technology, Workforce, Workplace, Workplace Safety, Education, Workplace Policy, Drug Free Workplace Policy

Marijuana laws are changing quickly across the United States. Marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, reform was at the forefront of national and state legislative movements in 2020.

Understandably, confusion might surface as organizations attempt to keep up with the changing legal landscape of marijuana use while also maintaining a drug-free workplace policy. Employers face balancing workplace safety, meeting legal requirements, and administering a non-discriminatory drug use policy relating to marijuana use.

by Chris Freitas

Adapting Cyber Incident Response Plans: An Overview

Benefits Plans, Employee Training, Insurance, Leadership, Technology, Workforce, Workplace, Workplace Safety, Identity Theft, Education, cyber, Cybersecurity

The costs and lost profits associated with a cyber incident or breach can result in a small to mid-sized business closing its doors. The average global cost of a data breach in 2019 was $3.92 million according to the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report. Therefore, cyber incident response plans are crucial for business continuity in today’s world of technology.

With the vulnerabilities of a mostly remote workforce due to COVID, cybersecurity needs to be assessed and ramped up to mitigate the increased risk. Part of the assessment and response to a remote workforce includes revamping cyber incident response plans to accommodate remote work environments.

by Chris Freitas

Cybersecurity Training After COVID-19

Benefits Plans, Employee Training, Insurance, Leadership, Technology, Workforce, Workplace, Workplace Safety, Identity Theft, Education

Cyberattacks had already become an unwelcome norm for organizations before COVID-19. Per the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there were 780 breaches with 177,866,236 records exposed in 2015. Government, military, private business, educational, financial, and healthcare organizations were all impacted.

by Chris Freitas

Making a Remote Team Work | California Insurance Agents

Employees, Employers, Human Resources, Millennials, Technology, Telecommute, UBA, Workforce, Workplace

In a tight labor market, a candidate’s potential commute can make a job more or less attractive. HumanResources reports that a quarter of employees surveyed had left a job because of the commute. When looking at just Millennials, the number jumps to one third. Employees can be choosy, selecting a job that offers more of what they want, and that means less of a commute. Companies can work around this by offering transportation amenities, flexible scheduling or more remote working opportunities.

by Mike Radakovich