2015 FSA and HSA Open Enrollment

The month of November is Open Enrollment for the Section 125 Flexible Spending Plan (FSA), and electing contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA).  The effective date for the enrollment is January 1, 2015.  Open enrollment is the only time, barring qualified life events, when eligible, full-time employees can enroll in FSA benefits for the new calendar year.  Benefits include:…

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Employee Handbook: a Necessary Evil

Employee handbooks are not typically the favorite part of employment. Employees are usually required to read one when hired (or at least sign saying they acknowledge they’ve read it) because it’s a protection for employers. A good handbook becomes a resource to employees regarding the company’s mission, vision, benefits, policies and procedures, acceptable behavior, and so on. But it seems…

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NBS Announces Enhancements to Flexible Benefit Systems

National Benefit Services (NBS) is excited to announce upcoming enhancements to its flexible benefit systems on September 1st of this year! Some of the new tools include: Mobile App for Participants View up-to-date balances Submit claims right from your smart phone Receive alerts concerning your benefit accounts New and easy to use NBS web portal as the Plan Sponsor Interact…

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What does the Dickey’s BBQ Incident Teach Employers?

Thorough training is critical. That’s a rough takeaway for the management team of Dickey’s Barbeque. They recently made national headlines when a woman (who is still recovering) drank a cup of sweet tea laced with toxic acid in their South Jordan (Utah) location. According to the investigation, lye (a heavy-duty industrial cleaning solution) was unintentionally mixed into a bag of…

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What do I do with the rebate check for employee health insurance?

If you have already renewed your group health insurance plan in 2014, you may have received a premium *rebate check for employee premiums. If your company pays 100% for all employee and all dependent premiums, then the company can keep the rebate (although it must be used toward the benefit of those enrolled in the health plan). However, if employees…

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Intermountain Healthcare’s “Health Hub” App is Here

  Members now have access to manage their health on their mobile device. Download Intermountain Healthcare’s new consumer-facing mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play to get an easy tool to manage your health and simplify your entire healthcare experience. Here are some features and benefits the new app gives you: InstaCare and KidsCare: Find InstaCare urgent…

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