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Preventing and Mitigating Stress in the Workplace

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - January 31, 2020

Reproduced with permission from Benefits Magazine, Volume 57, No. 1, January 202, pages 40-45, published by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace for employees. The author discusses preventive measures employers can take to reduce the risk of workplace violence and create a psychologically healthy work [Read More]

Money Talks: 5 Compensation Trends to Watch in 2020

By Perry Braun - January 6, 2020

Published by SHRM on January 2, 2020, with input from Perry Braun As a new decade begins, employee-compensation specialists shared their expectations. Below are five trends that pay-watchers predict will gain ground in 2020 and beyond. No. 1: States will continue to set their own compensation mandates. On minimum wage and overtime requirements, “more states [Read More]

Final Rule Released – U. S. Department of Labor

White-Collar Exemption and Overtime Reporting that 1.3 million workers will now become eligible for overtime pay, the Department of Labor (DOL) has released its final rule to update the exemption requirements of the Executive, Administrative and Professional Employee (EAP) as well as Highly Compensation Executive (HCE) classifications. After overcoming many hurdles, injunction enjoined and invalidation, [Read More]

Is the Worksite Disrupting our Employees’ Emotional Wellbeing?

Written by Bobbi Kloss, Director of Human Capital Management Services, Benefit Advisors Network. Published in the August/September issues of Los Angeles Advertising Human Resources Professionals and Entertainment Human Resources Network. Mindfulness, employee engagement, employer of choice and holistic wellness are all relatively new adjectives being used to describe a 21st Century workplace culture. An employer [Read More]

The 10th Amendment’s Impact on Employee Benefits Today

Written by Perry Braun, Executive Director, Benefit Advisors Network. Published July 11, 2019 on ThinkAdvisor.com. Maybe, over the next few years, states will have more influence over how your world works. Remember that civics class you had to take in high school? If so, you might recall that the federal government possesses only those powers [Read More]

Workplace Violence

It is not uncommon now to turn on the TV, read online, or receive an alert on a mobile device describing another mass shooting at a place of employment. Just recently, 12 lost their lives at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia. With the continuing escalation of mass homicidal workplace incidents, employers are turning [Read More]

Legal Alert: HHS Proposes Revisions to ACA Section 1557 Regulations

At the end of May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to revise regulations previously released under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The HHS goal with the proposed rule is to remove what the department views as redundancies and inconsistencies with other laws, as well as [Read More]

Dress Codes: Designing, Implementing, and Enforcing.

There was a time, and still suggested today, when it was advised to dress for the position you wanted, not the one you were in. Dress codes were and still are about empowerment―but the question is, whose empowerment? Traditionally, dress code policies were designed to set white collar apart from the blue-collar worker, the executive [Read More]

Stop Misuse of Family Benefits

Written by Stephen Miller, CEBS, including comments from Bobbi Kloss, Benefit Advisors Network Director of Human Capital Management Services. Published on SHRM.org, March 27, 2019. Some workers intentionally abuse family-perk policies, while others are just confused. United Airlines fired more than 35 employees in March for selling travel passes intended for employees’ immediate relatives. Free [Read More]

Employee Benefit Plan Review

Written by Perry S. Braun, Benefit Advisors Network’s Executive Director. Published in Employee Benefit Plan Review, March/April 2019 issue. What Can Employer Sponsored Benefit Plans Expect from a Divided Federal Government? While much of the focus in 2018 came down to the elections, we now have those results and can begin moving forward. But, with [Read More]