You’re a great employer! You’ve set up a benefits plan for your employees, but you may be exposed to unrealized liability. Many companies set up a benefits plan to protect their employees but is your employee benefits plan creating a liability for your company? Here are some potential situations that we come across that can potentially come back and blow … Read More
Why is it Good to be Disruptive in the Employee Benefits Industry?
By definition, Disruptive means “causing or tending to cause disruption”, but in business, it generally refers to “innovative or groundbreaking”. My 15-year son being disruptive in his classroom is not encouraged, but it takes guts to be a trailblazer in the business world. Also, if you’re successful, then the masses will follow. Who Said a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes? … Read More
Is It About Time To Modernize Your Employee Benefits Plan?
Employee Benefit Plans of the Future A lot has changed in how a company goes about setting up its employee benefit plan. The costs, risks and potential consequences reign immensely on a company to attract and retain great employees and be deemed an employer of choice. Strictly setting up an insured benefit plan is not the only solution as it … Read More
Why Marketing Your Group Benefits Plan Every Couple of Years is a Bad Idea
The traditional approach taken by most benefits consultants is to take your benefit plan out to the insurance marketplace for pricing. This, however, is a short term solution and not a sustainable practice. This is at best, a knee-jerk response to costs that are climbing out of control and doesn’t address the real issue of getting claims in hand. It also … Read More
10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips That Keep Employees and Employers Happy
10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips Usually, there is a disconnect between employers and employees as it relates to employee benefit plans. Employees want a comprehensive plan and employers need to be watchful of the bottom line. Pleasing both parties is not always easy to achieve. Here are 10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips that if incorporated into your plan, will satisfy … Read More
Want to Learn About the 9 Biggest Mistakes Made on Benefit Plans?
If you think the benefits industry is child’s play, you’re mistaken. I’ve listened to a number of benefits brokers “pitches” and if I find their approach confusing then chances are you will too! It’s not difficult to see that the biggest mistakes made on benefit plans are due to misinformation and the self-serving needs of the benefits consultant. Get … Read More
What is the Secret to Sustainable Employee Benefits Plan Costs?
Health Spending Accounts Advantages for the Employer If I was talking to a business owner about setting up a health spending account, I could tell them that they determine how much they are willing to spend each year and have greater control over the funding of a Health Spending Account program than they do in a traditional plan design. This … Read More
5 Questions Every Business Owner Needs To Ask When Selecting an Employee Benefit Company
If you’ve been tasked to investigate setting up a new employee benefit plan for your company, you will be overwhelmed by options. The process can be daunting, and the consequences can be dire. Most benefit consultants will push you towards an Insured plan, but you have options. There are many more questions to ask when implementing a benefit plan, but … Read More
How will Educating Employees on Benefit Plans Create a More Sustainable Plan?
Educating employees on benefit plans means more than just explaining what their plan includes and how to make a claim. So how will educating employees on benefit plans create a more sustainable plan? Many of my clients know how much I emphasize this point with their plan sponsors. It probably is the single most important detail in ensuring that a plan … Read More
When is it Time to Kick Your Employee Benefits Provider to the Curb?
When to change benefit carriers? The quick answer is only after you’ve exhausted all other avenues with your existing carrier. Many brokers will paint this portrait of changing to their carrier will be less expensive, better service, greater satisfaction levels for employees and a vast improvement over your previous supplier. Reality is often a much different scenario. In fact, … Read More
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