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Interim Final Rules were released and became effective on October 6, 2017, allowing a greater number of employers to opt out of providing contraception to employees at no cost through their employer-sponsored health plan.
November was a busy month in the employee benefits world.
This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work.
Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you.
The phrase: “If I’m lying, I’m dying” should be changed to: “If I’m sitting, I’m dying” even though it doesn’t rhyme.
There are places where you expect things to be noisy, such as a rock concert, and places where you expect it to be quiet, like an office.
On the evening of October 12, 2017, President Trump announced that subsidies for low income Americans in relation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be stopped.
The order directs various federal agencies to explore options relating to association health plans, short term limited-duration coverage, and health reimbursement arrangements, within the next 60 to 120 days.
Reporting is required by employers with 50 or more full-time (or full-time equivalent) employees, insurers, or sponsors of self-funded health plans, on health coverage that is offered.
Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived.
Not too long ago, it was assumed that Social Security would pay for most people’s retirement needs. Now, we know better and most employees, regardless of their age, are aware that they need to save additional funds for their retirement.
Ah, coffee, is there any better beverage? Speaking as a lover of coffee, but not a coffee snob, I always look forward to that first morning cup.
Crain’s Detroit Business announced today that HRPro/BenePro, one of the area’s leading HR and benefit administration and consulting firms, has been named once again as one of the 2017 Cool Places to Work. This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Michigan, benefiting the state’s economy, its work force and businesses.
Organizations from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Cool Places to Work in Michigan. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. This is the fifth year Crain’shas recognized the state’s coolest workplaces and with 100 companies, it’s their biggest list yet.
“HRPro/BenePro is proud to be a company that empowers, supports and engages their employees. This award is especially important to us, because it is essentially awarded by the employees themselves. This award epitomizes what we already know, that we work hard and understand it is important to play hard too. We encourage a relaxed atmosphere, where there is always time for a laugh. We are proud to share this award with our amazing team and are honored to accept this award from Crain’s Detroit Business.” said HRPro/BenePro President and CEO, Kristopher Powell.
A look behind the culture:
HRPro/BenePro was founded with an essential mission; to help organizations take better care of their people. To achieve this, they treat themselves as their own client. They understand the importance of keeping their employees engaged and happy.
“Here at HRPro/BenePro we believe that great company culture is critical in delivering great customer care. We want our employees to take great care of our clients. We know for that to happen, we must take great care of our employees.” says Powell.
Among perks such as alternating summer Friday’s off, new hire welcome lunches, flexible hours, wellness reimbursement programs, telemedicine, Christmas bonuses, company “field trips” to the ice cream parlor, company outings such as Tiger games and picnics, the true value working at HRPro/BenePro is the feeling of family and camaraderie that is encouraged every day.
HRPro/BenePro is one of Michigan’s top HR and benefit advisory and administration firms, offering a Total People Solution for small to mid-sized companies. HRPro/BenePro strives to create a fun, collaborative culture that puts an emphasis on customer relationships and personalized service. Recently celebrating their 27-year anniversary, they are constantly working to stay ahead of latest trends and needs in the industry. Their mission is to work closely with organizations to understand and help them achieve their human capital goals. For more information visit the company’s website at hrbenepro.com.
For more information on the Cool Places to Work in Michigan program, visit www.crainsdetroit.com.
HRPro/BenePro has been named to the 2017 list of “Metropolitan Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.”
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more. The Best and Brightest programs identify, recognize, and celebrate the organizations that epitomize Better Business. Richer Lives. Stronger Communities.
“We are proud to be selected as one of the best and brightest companies in Metro Detroit to work for. This recognition continues to reinforce our commitment to our employees and our goal to have a relaxed, productive work environment. Our mission is to help other companies take care of their people and to achieve this, we must first take care of our own. We feel our company is not only one of the best and brightest to work for, we also have a staff of some of the best and brightest in Michigan and are excited and proud to share this award with them.”
To see the complete 2017 List of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, visit 101bestandbrightest.com.
HRPro/BenePro is one of Michigan’s top HR and benefit advisory and administration firms, offering a Total People Solution for small to mid-sized companies. HRPro/BenePro strives to create a fun, collaborative culture that puts an emphasis on customer relationships and personalized service. Recently celebrating their 27-year anniversary, they are constantly working to stay ahead of latest trends and needs in the industry. Their mission is to work closely with organizations to understand and help them achieve their human capital goals, increase productivity, increase employee morale, ensure compliance and build a strong, lasting HR foundation. For more information visit the company’s website at www.hrbenepro.com.
No matter how well traveled you are, or how busy your lifestyle may be, you likely haven’t been everywhere in the world, or done everything there is to do. There is technology out there, however, that can bring the world to you.
The COBRA payment process is subject to various rules in terms of grace periods, notification, premium payment methods, and treatment of insignificant shortfalls.
A dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) is a pre-tax benefit account used to pay for eligible dependent care services.
A health flexible spending account (FSA) is a pre-tax account used to pay for out-of-pocket health care costs for a participant as well as a participant's spouse and eligible dependents.
Does your company offer health care? Check. Does it offer a 401(k) program? Check. How about paid time off and tuition reimbursement? Check and check. Now, does it offer pet-friendly perks? Huh?