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How to make employee benefits a true recruiting & retention tool

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INTRODUCTION:

In many organizations I come across, employee benefits has become an area that employees view as something that gets eroded each year due to cost increases and benefits changes.  Too many HR departments are in a pattern of the “here we go again” mentality when open enrollment comes around.

As the economy improves and the job market begins to come back to life, employee benefits must once again serve as a recruiting and retention tool.

Here are some small, easy changes you can make to your employee benefits program to attract and retain the best talent.

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Topics: benefits technology, employee benefits, health advocate, hris

The Four HR Portal “Must Haves”

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How much time do you spend managing your company’s employee benefits?  Imagine an HR System where everything you need is at your fingertips in one beautiful dashboard. But the system is also robust, able to handle complex plan designs and rate structures.  HR Systems are changing the way companies work.

When vetting a new HR Portal there are four main features we consider “Must Haves.”  Check them out below or download our free E-Book, “Reinventing the Enrollment Experience”

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Topics: benefits technology, employee benefits, HR, HR Portal, hris

IRS’s Guide to ACA Compliance for Applicable Large Employers

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In 2016, the Affordable Care Act has issued reporting requirements for applicable large employers. Because of
special circumstances, the IRS recently drafted a guideline for employers to clear up any questions in order to remain in compliance.

Applicable large employers are classified as employers with 50 or more full-time employees or full-time equivalent employees. These employers must report if a full time employee was offered minimum essential coverage providing minimum value and if they accepted minimum essential coverage. The ACA has required applicable large employers (ALEs) to use Form 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns, and Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage for its reporting requirements.

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Topics: 2016, aca compliance, applicable, benefits technology, compliance, forms, healthcare reform, IRS, large employers, reporting

Open Enrollment: your employees have no Idea what they are doing

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Electing benefits during open enrollment can be a daunting and confusing task for employees. With multiple plans and types of coverage offered, most employees feel overwhelmed and are unable to consult with an expert in the insurance field to help in the decision making process. Employees end up enrolling in the same benefits year after year without knowing which plans are best tailored to their needs. As stated by a recent article from INC.com, employees surveyed are generally confused in these three broad areas:

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Topics: aca, benefits technology, coverage, enrollment

Employer Reporting Guide for Large Employers

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INTRODUCTION:

Beginning with calendar year 2015, an applicable large employer (ALE or “large employer,” as referenced in this summary) must use Forms 1094-C and 1095-C to report the information required under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 and 6056 about offers of health coverage to full-time employees’ (FTEs) and individuals’ enrollment in health coverage.

Ashton Benefits’ free software includes the data and reports that you need to make these new requirements a breeze.

The most difficult part of the entire process is compiling the data!  Once you have the data, the rest is simply transposing it to the proper form!  But what will you do if there is no system in place to track your employee demographics, month by month coverage, and eligibility dates?  The free Ashton portal takes care of all of this!

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Topics: aca, benefits technology, compliance, employee benefits, healthcare reform, hris

Top 5 ways to take your company out of the Stone Age with HRIS

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INTRODUCTION:

In today’s day and age, companies are looking to implement new technology in every area from sales and marketing to recruiting and even customer service.  So why is it that SO many HR Departments still run their employee benefits programs like its 1980?

I mean come on, half of your employees weren’t even alive when some of the forms you’re using to on-board them were developed!

The truth is there are some really easy and FREE things you can do to take your company’s HR department out of the stone age.

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Topics: benefits technology, employee benefits, hris, Technology