Voluntary Employee Benefits

What Is an Employee Benefits Consultant and What Do They Do?

May 8 | 2022
What Is an Employee Benefits Consultant and What Do They Do?

As many employers and businesses are aware, employee benefits packages are very important considerations for candidates when they are being scouted by recruiters. Finding the best team members many times means offering a comprehensive package; however, it can be time-consuming and difficult to decide on the best plans, and then implement them, when it is […]

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What Are the Four Main Types of Employee Benefits?

September 4 | 2019
What Are the Four Main Types of Employee Benefits?

Some employers offer paid parental leave. Others provide tuition reimbursement. Yet others provide pet insurance for employees’ furry friends. Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia even pays its employees two months’ pay to leave their job and volunteer for a worthy cause. While these are all great employee perks provided by some companies, there are four types […]

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Sabbaticals Can Benefit Employees and Employers

July 22 | 2019
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors
Sabbaticals Can Benefit Employees and Employers

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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Your Voluntary Benefits Plan May Lead to a Tragic Result

January 2 | 2019
By: Mitchell Nelson
Executive Consultant, Secura Consultants
Your Voluntary Benefits Plan May Lead to a Tragic Result

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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6 Reasons Self-Funded Plans Are Gaining Popularity

September 4 | 2018
By: Bill Olsen
Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors
6 Reasons Self-Funded Plans Are Gaining Popularity

Since the ACA was enacted eight years ago, many employers are re-examining employee benefits in an effort to manage costs, navigate changing regulations, and expand their plan options. Self-funded plans are one way that’s happening. In 2017, the UBA Health Plan survey revealed that self-funded plans have increased by 12.8% in the past year overall, […]

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Perk Up Your Benefits Packages

May 31 | 2018
By: Bill Olson
VP, Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors
Perk Up Your Benefits Packages

What people want in their benefits package is changing. Retirement and health care still rank high but soft perks and voluntary benefits factor into satisfaction more than any other benefits, so says “Employees Increasingly Excited About Soft Perks and Company-Culture Benefits,” in Employee Benefit News. When considering a job offer, these types of benefits are top of […]

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4 Things to Know About Family Leave and Your Income

April 24 | 2018
By: Council for Disability Awareness
4 Things to Know About Family Leave and Your Income

Becoming a parent is an extraordinary and, at times, stressful endeavor. Your life is about to fundamentally change. And as you plan the myriad dimensions of this new reality, you may be wondering how you’ll cover all the bills while you take time off work. Family leave is a complex issue and it requires a […]

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Attracting and Retaining Top Employees with Health Care Benefits

April 2 | 2018
Attracting and Retaining Top Employees with Health Care Benefits

Many small-business owners mistakenly believe they cannot afford to offer benefits. But while going without benefits may boost your bottom line in the short run, the penny-wise philosophy could strangle your business’s chances for long-term prosperity. “There are certain benefits good employees feel they must have,” says Ray Silverstein, founder of PRO, President’s Resource Organization, […]

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Benefit Plan Design: Charging Employees Different Premiums

November 8 | 2017
By: Danielle Capilla
Senior VP of Compliance and Operations
Benefit Plan Design: Charging Employees Different Premiums

Employers who are designing a health and welfare benefit plan for their employees often wonder about the rules relating to setting premiums for employees. Employers generally have significant flexibility in this part of their plan’s design. Common structures contemplated by employers include, but are not limited to: Charging all employees a flat amount for their […]

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New Benefits Target Employee Debt

August 1 | 2017
By: Geoff Mukhtar
Communications Manager at United Benefit Advisors
New Benefits Target Employee Debt

Today, most new full-time hires expect a company to offer certain standard benefits – health, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid vacation and sick days, and a 401(k) or pension. Some companies go beyond this and provide other benefits such as profit sharing, parking reimbursement, mobile phone reimbursement, wellness programs, and even on-site daycare. So […]

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The Shift Away from Health Risk Assessments

November 30 | 2016
By: Sierra Sullivan
Assistant Population Health Strategist for Vital Incite, LHD Benefit Advisors, A UBA Partner Firm
The Shift Away from Health Risk Assessments

Historically, employers have utilized health risk assessments (HRAs) as one measurement tool in wellness programs design. The main goals of an HRA are to assess individual health status and risk and provide feedback to participants on how to manage risk. Employers have traditionally relied on this type of assessment to evaluate the overall health risk […]

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Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations

November 10 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors
Employer FYI: Individual Mandate Requirements and Proposed Regulations

Though employers are not required to educate employees about their individual responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is helpful to know about the individual mandate. The individual responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate) became effective for most people as of January 1, 2014. Under the individual mandate, most […]

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ALE Employers Ask: Should Benefits Be Offered to Variable Hour Employees?

July 18 | 2016
By: Danielle Capilla
Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors
ALE Employers Ask: Should Benefits Be Offered to Variable Hour Employees?

UBA’s compliance team leverages the collective expertise of its independent partner firms to advise 36,000 employers and their 5 million employees. Lately, a common question from employers is: How does an applicable large employer (ALE) determine whether or not a newly hired variable hour employee should be offered benefits? The answer depends on how the […]

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