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Human Resources – Weekly Digest – 05.24.19

Greetings from Ashton Benefits!  With HR and Employee Benefits topics regularly in the news, it’s often difficult to stay current on what’s really important.  That’s why we provide weekly newsletters which only list the articles you will find insightful and relevant.

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At Ashton Benefits we will continue to help you clients, prospects, and agency team stay informed!!

Weekly Digest 5.24.19

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Topics: aca, aca compliance, Ashton Benefits, benefits technology, compliance, employee benefits, employee retention, enrollment, ERISA, fmla administration, health, health advocate, health care, health insurance, healthcare, healthcare reform, high deductible, HR, HR Portal, hrbenefits, hris, human resources, insurance, insurance broker, large employers, medical, overpriced health care, overpriced healthcare, Paid Sick Leave, payroll, preventive care, retirement plan, self-funding, self-insurance

Human Resources – Weekly Digest – 05.17.19

Greetings from Ashton Benefits!  With HR and Employee Benefits topics regularly in the news, it’s often difficult to stay current on what’s really important.  That’s why we provide weekly newsletters which only list the articles you will find insightful and relevant.

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At Ashton Benefits we will continue to help you clients, prospects, and agency team stay informed!!

Weekly Digest - 5.17.19

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Topics: Ashton Benefits, benefits, benefits technology, compliance, employee benefits, employee retention, health advocate, health insurance, HR Portal, hrbenefits, human resources, insurance broker, medical, Paid Sick Leave, payroll, preventive care, self-funding, self-insurance, Uncategorized

Human Resources – Weekly Digest – 05.10.19

Greetings from Ashton Benefits!  With HR and Employee Benefits topics regularly in the news, it’s often difficult to stay current on what’s really important.  That’s why we provide weekly newsletters which only list the articles you will find insightful and relevant.

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At Ashton Benefits we will continue to help you clients, prospects, and agency team stay informed!!

Weekly Digest 5.10.19

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Topics: aca, aca compliance, Ashton Benefits, benefits, benefits technology, compliance, cost-effective insurance, employee benefits, enrollment, ERISA, FMLA, health advocate, health insurance, healthcare, HR, HR Portal, hrbenefits, human resources, insurance broker, self-funding, self-insurance, Uncategorized, wellness

Human Resources – Weekly Digest – 05.03.19

Greetings from Ashton Benefits!  With HR and Employee Benefits topics regularly in the news, it’s often difficult to stay current on what’s really important.  That’s why we provide weekly newsletters which only list the articles you will find insightful and relevant.

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At Ashton Benefits we will continue to help you clients, prospects, and agency team stay informed!!

Weekly Digest - 05.03.19

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Topics: aca, aca compliance, Ashton Benefits, benefits technology, compliance, employee benefits, enrollment, ERISA, FMLA, health advocate, health insurance, healthcare, healthcare reform, high deductible, HR, HR Portal, hrbenefits, hris, human, human resources, insurance, insurance broker, large employers, medical, payroll, self-funding, self-insurance, Uncategorized, voluntary, wellness

Benefits Brief – May 2019 – “What is a Form 5500? What Do I Do If One Was Never Filed for Our Plan?”

This month’s edition of our Briefs is titled “What is a Form 5500? What Do I Do If One Was Never Filed for Our Plan?”

Understanding the legislation that impacts employee benefits plans can be a challenge.  That’s why we created a monthly education campaign on various compliance topics that affect these plans.  We call these pieces, our Benefits Briefs.

These Briefs may be accessed here…!

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Topics: 401(k), aca, aca compliance, Ashton Benefits, benefits, benefits technology, compliance, coverage, employee, employee benefits, employers, ERISA, fiduciary responsibility, FMLA, fmla administration, health, health advocate, health care, health insurance, HR Portal, hrbenefits, human resources, insurance, insurance broker, IRS, large employers, medical, payroll, plan sponsors, reporting, resources, retirement plan, self-funding, self-insurance, Technology, Uncategorized, voluntary

Human Resources – Weekly Digest – 04.26.19

Greetings from Ashton Benefits!  With HR and Employee Benefits topics regularly in the news, it’s often difficult to stay current on what’s really important.  That’s why we provide weekly newsletters which only list the articles you will find insightful and relevant.

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At Ashton Benefits we will continue to help you clients, prospects, and agency team stay informed!!

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!!Weekly Digest 4.26.19

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Topics: aca, Ashton Benefits, benefits, benefits technology, compliance, cost-effective insurance, employee benefits, employee retention, employer shared responsibility, enrollment, ERISA, FMLA, HR, human resources, medical, payroll

HR and Benefits Compliance Webinar Series: May-August Calendar

We are excited to announce the next four webinars for our 2019 monthly webinar series!  Below you will find the calendar of topics for May-August.  These webinars may be used for internal and external education purposes.  All are welcome!

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Topics: aca, aca compliance, Ashton Benefits, compliance, employee benefits, health advocate, healthcare, HR, hrbenefits, hris, human, insurance broker, large employers, medical, payroll, plan sponsors, resources, self-funding, self-insurance

Whats Next for the ACA?

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President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other?

Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a comparison tool to view how each plan could impact employers and employees alike.

Overall, there are 5 plans that have been proposed:

  • The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF)
  • Rep. Tom Price’s Empowering Patients First Act, 2015 (PDF)
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan’s A Better Way: Our Vision for a More Confident America, 2016 (PDF)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Patient Freedom Act, 2017 (PDF)
  • Sen. Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Act, 2017 (PDF)

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What You Should Know About Health-Care Spending in the U.S.

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Despite a slowdown in the growth rate of overall national health expenditures, Americans are seeing more of their paychecks go to health-care costs.

The increase is largely thanks to cost-shifting through higher deductibles in plans offered by employers, which cover the majority of workers and their families. The trend has hit middle-income households the hardest. Here are five things to know about trends in U.S. health-care spending.

The Big Picture

Growth in health-care spending has slowed since the recession and the passage of theAffordable Care Act. It was down to 5.5% annual growth in 2015, from an average of nearly 8% in the two decades preceding the recession, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Some of the recent slowdown is cyclical. Many of the millions of people laid off during the recession lost access to employer-provided health insurance, and broad-based belt-tightening also forced cutbacks in health spending. But as the economy grows and earnings rise, spending on health care is expected to re-accelerate, reaching a 6% annual average growth rate between 2020 and 2025, according to CMS projections. The pickup in spending would be in large part due to America’s aging population, although other trends, such as reforms to Medicare reimbursement and “spillover effects” in the private market, will help counter some of the increase.

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Topics: american health care, health insurance, healthcare, HR, hrbenefits, insurance broker, rising costs in insurance

7 Steps to Offering Benefits Your Employees Want

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Voluntary Benefits

  What do your employees really want?

By creating a well-rounded benefits package that is custom tailored to the needs of your employees, you’ll see a quantifiable increase in employee fulfillment and achieve the goal of any good corporate benefits package, to recruit and retain the best talent.

7 Steps to a Voluntary Benefits Program That Really Works

Voluntary benefits are a key part of a complete employee benefits plan – one that addresses the issues of your multi-generational workforce, fills coverage holes, helps you compete for talent, and keeps your expenses in line.

1. Recognize Your Business Objectives

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