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Fringe Benefit Analysts® is a full-service insurance, consulting and employee benefits firm. We serve a wide range of businesses with best-in-class expertise, services and support for their benefit programs. Our clients are assured of accurate, consistent solutions, attention to detail, responsiveness and a high return-on-value for their benefits dollars. Fringe Benefits Analysts helps ‘calm the waters’ of the complex and sometimes overwhelming world of insurance benefits. Please enjoy our blog!

Outside-the-Box Ways to Spend Time Outdoors

May 30 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Fresh air and sunshine are good for our health, and being active in the outdoors is better yet. Even if you’re not an avid runner or cyclist, there are so many other wonderful ways to get the exercise you need while taking in the joys of nature, family, and friends. Here are a few ideas that might […]

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Seven Ways to Relieve Stress

May 24 | 2019

We live in an amazing modern world where technological advancements have made a distinct shift in how we live, work and play. The birth of the internet and all that has transpired since offers us a fantastic way to connect and experience the world like nothing ever before. We, humans, are quick to absorb these […]

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Ready to Spark Joy in Your Office

May 7 | 2019

The hit Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has set off a wave of house organization, purging, and general tidying. Many thrift stores and donation centers report being overwhelmed with bags and boxes of items recently filling American’s homes. What, though, of the workplace? Should a similar wave of de-cluttering and cleaning be happening […]

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8 Ways to Better Manage Your Time

April 18 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? It might sound strange, but you might want to slow your pace. When we try to operate at warp speed, we sometimes make more mistakes and often feel more stress. Check out these tips to make the most of your time without pushing yourself too hard. Log your Take […]

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Weight Loss: Myths vs. Facts

April 18 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Eat this! Don’t eat that! Lose weight fast! Blast away calories with this best-ever workout routine!  Sound familiar? In your quest to lose weight by improving your diet and getting more exercise, you might be confused by all the information out there. Maybe you read something in a magazine. Maybe you saw an infomercial. How do you […]

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More Companies Flirt with Idea of the Four-Day Work Week

April 18 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Many white-collar jobs, particularly those in creative industries like PR, publishing, and design, have embraced summer hours for years, with shortened workdays on Fridays. Now, some companies are experimenting with “Winter Fridays,” says The New York Times. While clearly seasonal-specific options, both these trends are part of ongoing explorations on the impact of reduced workweeks. Though hardly […]

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Proposed 2020 Benefit Payment and Parameters Rule

March 5 | 2019
By: Karen Hsu
Director of Compliance at UBA Benefit Advisors

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for benefit payment and parameters for 2020. CMS also released its draft 2020 actuarial value calculatorand draft 2020 actuarial value calculator methodology. According to CMS, the proposed rule is intended to reduce fiscal and regulatory burdens associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) across […]

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In Pursuit of a Better Meeting

March 5 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Groans and sighs often greet the ping of a meeting invite hitting an inbox. While it may be impossible to make meetings more fun than the office holiday party, it is possible to lessen the dread, increase morale, and improve the results of a meeting. Complaints about meetings are often justified, including wasted time, the […]

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IRS Releases 2019 Inflation-Adjusted Limits

January 23 | 2019
By: Karen Hsu
Director of Compliance at UBA Benefit Advisors

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released its inflation-adjusted limits for various benefits. For example, the maximum contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) will be $2,700 in 2019. Also, the maximum reimbursement limit in 2019 for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements will be $5,150 for single coverage and $10,450 for family coverage. Read more about […]

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Your Voluntary Benefits Plan May Lead to a Tragic Result

January 2 | 2019
By: Mitchell Nelson
Executive Consultant, Secura Consultants

The end of the open enrollment season is in sight, and human resource professionals are breathing a sigh of relief as they close the door on the 2019 enrollment. Smart benefit managers are already beginning to assess new products and services for the next enrollment season and looking at how to improve their programs and […]

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