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    Topic: Benefits Healthcare

    Should Benefit Packages Include Pet Insurance?
    By Lauren Brown on October 30, 2020 | 2 min read time

    With employees spending more time at home, many people have taken the opportunity to add pets to their families. The quickly-approaching holidays...

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    What to Know About HSA, FSA, Commuter Benefit Limit Changes for 2021
    By Drew Gieseke on October 27, 2020 | 3 min read time

    Each year, the IRS reviews contribution limits for numerous tax provisions and healthcare savings accounts. In 2021, some contribution limits were...

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    Should Employers Use an Accrual Bank or Lump Sum PTO Strategy?
    By Drew Gieseke on October 26, 2020 | 2 min read time

    How should small and mid-sized employers structure their paid time off approach? This question can significantly impact the administration of PTO...

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    Five Questions to Ask Online Benefits Administration Software Vendors
    By Sarah Weinstein on October 21, 2020 | 3 min read time

    When evaluating benefit administration software, it can be overwhelming to review every option in the marketplace. With this said, your vendor...

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    Parental Leave—What’s the Industry Standard?
    By Drew Gieseke on October 16, 2020 | 3 min read time

    A recent survey from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) shows that paid maternity leave is now offered by more than half (55%) of all...

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    What's the Difference Between Active and Passive Enrollment?
    By Drew Gieseke on October 12, 2020 | 2 min read time

    Open enrollment is approaching, which means it's time for HR to begin thinking about strategy—and that strategy needs to include more than just...

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    Projections Indicate Modest Healthcare Cost Increase in 2021
    By Drew Gieseke on October 8, 2020 | 2 min read time

    The past seven months have been rocky for employer-sponsored health insurance. Between COVID-19 completely upending budgets and many small...

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    IRS Announces 1095-B, 1095-C Deadline Extension for 2020 Furnishings
    By Drew Gieseke on October 6, 2020 | 2 min read time

    On Oct. 2, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-76, which extended ACA reporting deadlines and requirements for Forms 1095-B and 1095-C. What does...

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    COVID-19: Small Businesses Face Tough Decisions on Healthcare Coverage
    By Drew Gieseke on October 6, 2020 | 4 min read time

    The pandemic is still wreaking havoc on employers and workers. As open enrollment and 2021 near, many small businesses may be forced to take...

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    Top 5 Most Attractive Employee Benefits
    By Drew Gieseke on October 5, 2020 | 4 min read time

    Workers Prefer Great Benefits Over the past decade, power within the job market has shifted dramatically from employers to candidates. This change...

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