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Culture vs. Discrimination in the Workplace

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - August 28, 2018

“Employee turnover at all-time highs.” “Lowest unemployment rates in 18 years.” Discrimination in the Workplace vs. Culture, do these headlines sound familiar? They should, as they have dominated the business news media and the Human Resources forums for the past year. The facts behind these headlines are a reflection of the challenges that all employers [Read More]

Attraction and Retention: A Culture for Employee Engagement (Part 3)

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - August 16, 2018

In Part 1 of our three-part series from the October 2017 newsletter, Company Culture is the First Draw for Candidates, we explored the converging forces that are creating a competitive labor market for employers. At 4.1% – the lowest unemployment rates in 10 years based on January 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data – employers [Read More]

The DOL’s PAID Program: Everything you need to know

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - May 31, 2018

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL-WHD) recently announced its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program to assist employers in determining their compliance status to the Fair Labor Standards (FLSA). The PAID program is a six-month voluntary pilot program which FLSA–covered employers can participate in to self-audit their compliance with the overtime and [Read More]

IRS Releases 2019 HSA Contribution Limits and HDHP Deductible and Out-of-Pocket Limits

By Stacy Barrow - May 22, 2018

In Rev. Proc. 2018-30, the IRS released 2019 HSA Contribution Limits regarding inflation-adjusted amounts for 2019 relevant to HSAs and high deductible health plans (HDHPs).  The table below summarizes those adjustments and other applicable limits. Out-of-Pocket Limits Applicable to Non-Grandfathered Plan The ACA’s out-of-pocket limits for in-network essential health benefits have also been announced and [Read More]

REMINDER: PCORI Fees Due By July 31, 2018

By Stacy Barrow - May 10, 2018

Employers that sponsor self-insured group health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) should keep in mind the upcoming July 31, 2018 deadline for paying fees that fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  As background, the PCORI was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct research to evaluate the effectiveness of [Read More]

Firing of FBI’s McCabe Spotlights Pension-Vesting Issues – Terminations before a vesting milestone can trigger litigation

By Bobbi Kloss, BAN Director of Human Capital Management - March 22, 2018

As seen on by Stephen Miller, CEBS Quotes included by BAN Directors Bobbi Kloss and Peter Marathas When Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on March 16, just two days before his 50th birthday, it kept McCabe from qualifying for early payout of his pension and other retiree benefits. The firing also raised [Read More]

Company Culture is the First Draw for Millennials (Part 2)

Gallup, LinkedIn, and all have studies showing that recruiting and retaining millennials tops the list of the most challenging HR business objectives for employers across the country. It is not surprising when you consider the following statistics: At 75 million, Millennials make up the largest generation, according to the U. S. Census Bureau; They [Read More]

Hypertension Redefined

By Bruce Campbell - January 16, 2018

Implications for Brokers and Employers Background:  Clinical Factors Prehypertension and Hypertension (“HTN”) are important issues for health plans, providers, and individuals.  Because of high prevalence, the potential for dangerous costly complications, and the availability of effective treatments, HTN has been an important “target” for guideline development. Key facts illustrating the importance of HTN for costs [Read More]

Company Culture is the First Draw for Candidates

In today’s workplace, there is a convergence of forces that are creating challenges to an employer’s ability to attract and retain qualified employees. As we all know, employees are the lifeblood of any good company. Without them, a company simply does not exist. In fact, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group has been [Read More]