BAN Blog

Dress Codes: Designing, Implementing, and Enforcing.

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - May 2, 2019

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]

Legal Alert: CMS Extends Transition Relief for Non-Compliant Plans through 2020

By Stacy Barrow - April 10, 2019

On March 25, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a one-year extension to the transition policy (originally announced November 14, 2013 and extended five times since) for individual and small group health plans that allows issuers to continue policies that do not meet ACA standards. The transition policy has been extended [Read More]

Stop Misuse of Family Benefits

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - March 27, 2019

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

By Perry Braun - March 4, 2019

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]

An Update on the DOL’s 2016 Wage Injunction

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - February 27, 2019

Written by Bobbi Kloss, Director of Human Capital Management Services, Benefit Advisors Network. Published in Entertainment Human Resource Network, February 2019 edition. Silent but ever present, the Wage and Hour division of the Department of Labor (DOL) has been working its way back to updating the overtime exemptions for the Administrative, Executive and Professional exemptions [Read More]

Holistic Wellness: Why it matters now

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - February 11, 2019

With the tight labor market and new generations in the workforce, the C-suite should be asking what they can do to remain relevant. Written by Perry Braun, Executive Director of Benefit Advisors Network, and Bobbi Kloss, Director of Human Capital Management Services. BenefitsPro.com, February 11th, 2019. Life happens. Things happen every day that we rarely [Read More]

New Benefit Lets Employees Trade PTO for Student Loan Relief

Written by Steven Miller, CEBS, with insights provided by Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management Services. Employers seek creative ways to ease student loan burdens Employers continue to roll out new ways to provide workers with student debt relief. Insurance firm Unum, for instance, announced in January that it will let employees exchange [Read More]

Industry Predictions for the New Year

By Perry Braun - February 4, 2019

Written by Perry Braun, Benefit Advisors Network, and Lisa Allen, Relph Benefits, for America’s Benefit Specialist. The tail end of 2018 saw the majority of the country focused on the mid-term elections, and with good reason. Those results will impact not only the political landscape, but also every business, organization and individual in the U.S. [Read More]

How Health Policy Could Wobble (Forward?) Now

By Perry Braun - December 13, 2018

Published in Think Advisor, written by Perry Braun, Executive Director of Benefit Advisors Network. While much of the focus in 2018 came down to the elections, we now have those results and can begin moving forward. But, with a divided Congress, what will the impact be on the health insurance marketplace, the health care delivery [Read More]

Commuting and Adoption Benefit Amounts Rise in 2019

Employees don’t pay income taxes on the value of these benefits. Written by Stephen Miller, CEBS including interview questions with Bobbi Kloss, Director of Human Capital Management Services. Employees and employers can put $5 more into monthly transit and parking benefits in 2019, the IRS announced Nov. 15. Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which increased the annual [Read More]