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4 Things Life Insurance Is Not | PA Employee Benefits Agency

Are you confused about life insurance? I don’t blame you. When I first started writing about finances more than a decade ago, my understanding of life insurance was limited. I knew about life insurance because it was offered through my employer, and I thought a $50,000 policy was a lot of money. I also recognized … Continued

PCORI Fee Increase for Health Plans | PA Benefits Consultants

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 … Continued

OSHA’s Top 10 2018 Violations | Pennsylvania Employee Benefits

OSHA released a preliminary list of its top 10 cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) last week at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OHSA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list, encouraging employers to use it as … Continued

Are You Ready for Election Day? | PA Benefits Advisors

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 6. Do you know what provisions, if any, you must make to accommodate your employees’ rights to vote? Time off for voting is not a federal requirement; however, 30 states have voting leave laws impacting the workplace. These state laws vary significantly. Not all leave is required to be … Continued

8 Tips for Handling Tough Employee Conversations | PA Employee Benefits

We all get cold feet when it comes to addressing difficult issues with colleagues in the workplace. It’s stressful, and you just can’t help but think of all of the ways that a well-meaning conversation could go sideways. You worry about the longer-lasting effects of a damaged work relationship but know that you must correct … Continued

Looking Backward to Plan Forward | Pennsylvania Insurance Agency

We have entered Open Enrollment season and that means you and everyone in your office are probably reading through enrollment guides and trying to decipher it all. As you begin your research into which plan to choose or even how much to contribute to your Health Savings Account (HSA), consider evaluating how you used your … Continued

What We’re Reading – September 2018 | PA Benefits Firm

We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 10 curated stories that caught our attention this month. Please Say Yes In today’s tight labor market, it’s becoming increasingly common for candidates to turn down offers. There are three key changes you can make to … Continued

Redesigned W-4 Form to Launch in 2020 | Pennsylvania Benefits Firm

When will the new Form W-4 be released? In 2020, according to a press release published by the Treasury Department on September 20, 2018. The department announced that the IRS will implement a redesigned W-4 form for tax year 2020, a timeline that will allow for continued work to refine the new approach for the … Continued

DataSmart Solutions Announces Sister Company | Pennsylvania Employee Benefits

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jon Prince (435) 865-4110 DataSmart Solutions Announces Sister Company Helena, MT (September 12, 2018) – Benefit consultants throughout the U.S. healthcare industry have long awaited a product with the simplicity of an all-in-one solution and the excellence of a platform composed of leading service providers. DataSmart Solutions (DSS), an acclaimed … Continued

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