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2nd COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Many Other Changes 2021 & 2022!

January 25 | 2021
By: Robin Sellers

COVID Relief, No Surprises Act, FSA and DCAP Extensions, Transparency, and HIPAA Privacy Updates     Features of the Consolidated Appropriations Act   The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (The Act) was signed into law on December 28th by President Trump. On top of a $600 Stimulus check that has gone out to Americans, there […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Considerations at Work

January 25 | 2021
By: Robin Sellers
Producer

If I had told you one year ago that your life would change with one vaccination, would you have believed me? I sit here amazed at the year that we have had. 2020 has been difficult, strange, and amazing all at the same time.   As 2021 begins, I appreciate the distance we have covered […]

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The World of Chiari Malformation – Complications with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

September 14 | 2020
By: Mike Deru
Vice President

Just one more MRI. Just one more X-Ray. That is what we told Olivia as we sat in the parking lot of the hospital as a tear ran down her cheek. This was not Olivia’s first, nor would it be her last, trip to the Primary Children’s radiology branch in Layton, Utah. To think that […]

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Legacy of a Hero Remembered

March 4 | 2020

Some people choose a hero based on their acting abilities or musical talent. Others select a political or church leader as someone they aspire to emulate. Still there are others who pick a fictitious cartoon or science fiction character whom they fantasize as someone they would like to be. My hero passed away on Tuesday, […]

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Balancing Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

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

With our busy lives and schedules, it can be difficult to find the right balance between food and fitness. The holidays compound the challenge even more. Between work and personal life, deadlines and sleep, indulgence and healthful eating, somewhere there is surely a balance! We’re here to show you how to do it. The holidays […]

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Sabbaticals Can Benefit Employees and Employers

July 22 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

While many employees may be dreaming of a short summer vacation, others could have a longer block of time off in mind. Sabbaticals, whether paid or unpaid, are extended breaks from work without leaving a position. A sabbatical gives an employee the opportunity to take timeto travel, spend time with family, do something meaningful or volunteer, […]

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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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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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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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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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IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for 2018 ACA Reporting

November 29 | 2018
By: Karen Hsu
Director of Compliance at United Benefit Advisors

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released instructions for both the Forms 1094-B and 1095-B and the Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Forms 1094-B, 1095-B,1094-C, and 1095-C. There are no substantive changes in the forms or instructions between 2017 and 2018, beyond the further removal of now-expired forms of transition relief. There is a minor formatting change to Forms 1095-B and 1095-C for […]

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Breast Cancer Prevention

October 5 | 2018

Do you know someone with breast cancer? How about a breast cancer survivor? Perhaps a good friend or loved one who has passed on? Unfortunately, most people can answer yes to one of these questions. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is no better time to bring attention to such a serious topic […]

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Everyone Wins when Growth is the Goal

July 25 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

It’s a dilemma. On the one hand, today’s buzzing, multifaceted working environments challenge employees more than ever before. On the other, these same working environments are often also overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes it seems like success means mania—but this doesn’t have to be the case. More and more frequently, experts urge offices to focus not […]

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What About Them?

July 16 | 2018
By: Ken Spencer
President & CEO, HR Service, Inc.

The office team arrives at 8:00 AM and is there every day until 5:00 PM. They work hard answering questions for clients, doing invoicing, and other important administrative tasks. The production team often shows up at 10:00 AM or later, takes a long lunch and quite often is seen leaving at 2:00 or 3:00 PM. […]

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Leadership, Now with More Humility

July 5 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

More and more, we are learning that scientists, marketers, programmers, and other kinds of knowledge workers lead office lives very similar to famous innovators like Watson, Crick, and Franklin, who discovered the structure of DNA. How so? All of these people live work lives structured around progress in meaningful work. And when this progress occurs, it […]

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Using Your Health Savings Account

June 20 | 2018
By: Vicki Randall
Compliance Specialist at Compliancedashboard, a UBA Certified Solution

According to recent estimates by Fidelity Investments, a couple will incur an estimated $280,000 worth of medical expenses after turning 65 years of age. They estimate this cost every year and when they publish it, I can’t help but have an anxiety spike as I ponder the reality of that number. Even if they are off and […]

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The Hidden Liability in Group LTCi Plans

June 11 | 2018
By: Ryder Kimmes
Vice President - Business Development LTC Solutions, Inc.

For those of you already offering long term care insurance to your employees, you are ahead of the curve! You are not only adding protection to each of your participating employees’ retirement and savings endeavors, you are affording employees the opportunity to maintain their assets if they should need long term care. As we know, […]

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Inclusive Workplaces Benefit Everyone

May 23 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors

While there’s plenty of talk about work/life balance, many employees want to feel human while at work, too. Being able to bring their whole selves, according to “3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace,” from Workforce, is an essential piece of a welcoming, inclusive workplace environment. Putting employees first as a defined company value means helping […]

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Your Workplace May Want to Get Moving

May 9 | 2018

Rearranging workspaces may cause grumbling around the water cooler. The return on employee time and company money invested in reorganizing has long been difficult to prove. But, when Steve Jobs famously centralized bathrooms at Pixar for serendipitous interactions meant to spur innovation, it turns out he really was on to something. In “Why You Should […]

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