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Flu and Your Workplace

  Flu can be a big disruption for business. Employees who are sick may need to take time off to recover and may not be as productive when it comes to getting work done. In addition, symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, …

Hardship Exemptions from Individual Mandate Can Now Be Claimed on Tax Returns

Policy Effective for Tax Year 2018 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that individuals will be able to claim hardship exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate for tax year 2018 on their 2018 federal …

How Summer Hires May Impact ALE Status

Employers May Apply a Reasonable, Good Faith Interpretation of the Term ‘Seasonal Worker’ Employers looking to hire seasonal workers this summer are reminded that there is an exception when measuring workforce size to determine whether they are an applicable large …

Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Team Member!

We’re thrilled to welcome Sarah Beth to BAG. Sarah Beth joins our team as an Account Associate. Meet the newest member of our team!     Sarah Beth James – Account Associate Sarah Beth James joined Benefit Administration Group in …

Handling Employee Attendance During Bad Weather

Employees May Be Entitled to Pay Snow and slippery conditions during the winter months may make it difficult for your employees to travel to work. Consider the following guidelines that can help your company be prepared when bad weather strikes. …

A FEW LAST-MINUTE IDEAS FOR SPENDING YOUR FSA FUNDS

Are you enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and have funds you need to use by the end of the year? If so, now’s the time to do some last-minute planning to make sure you get the most out of your …

Who has time to go to the doctor during the holidays?

Who has time to go to the doctor during the holidays? The holiday season can be really busy and you don’t have time to be sick. Telemedicine gives you the opportunity to see a board-certified doctor in minutes, with video …

When to Say Goodbye to Your Benefits Broker

For many businesses, the process of choosing and administering a health insurance benefits program is a daunting one. They often turn to benefits brokers to help them select and implement plans. Traditional benefits brokers offer assistance in choosing plans, but …

Human Resources Q & A of the Day

Question: Should an employee’s background check, interview notes, and benefit information be kept separate from the personnel file? Answer: As a best practice (and in certain instances it is legally required), employers should keep certain employee records and information in …

Human Resources Q & A of the Day

Question: We recently made some changes to our handbook policies regarding benefits offered to employees and have a disclaimer stating, “The Company reserves the exclusive right to change or terminate any benefits or related policy at any time in accordance …

Top Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts

School’s out! Summer is here, and it’s the time of year when working parents have questions about using their Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). Are summer camp expenses eligible? What about day versus overnight camps? Employers and benefit advisors want …

Retaining Employees

Retaining skilled employees is a significant issue for any business. A high rate of employee turnover can result in a loss of knowledge and skills, as well as have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line. The cost of losing …