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Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday

 Today is June 1st which is the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season.  It also happens to be the first day a week-long tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies.  So far the Atlantic Hurricane season has been of to an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto.  Although Alberto did not pose much threat other than bringing us a lot of rain, state officials are urging Floridians to get prepared.  

6 Ways to prepare for Hurricane Season

6 Ways to Prepare for the Hurricane Season

The images of last year's hurricanes are still fresh in our minds, but that doesn't change the fact that 2018's hurricane season is here. All three hurricanes that made landfall on U.S. soil in 2017 rank among the top five costliest hurricanes in history. Recent predictions indicate that this year could be just as bad.  


4 Ways Employers Can Help with Mental Health Awareness

More than 1 in 5 Americans have been  diagnosed with a mental disorder at some point in their lives, yet only about half of those individuals receive professional mental health treatment. One major determinant of an individual’s access to mental health care is whether he or she has health insurance that includes mental health benefits.


7 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, 80 percent of U.S. workers feel stressed on the job and workplace stress costs about $300 billion in lost productivity annually. Everyone experiences periods of job stress, but extreme periods of prolonged stress can be detrimental to your long-term health. If you are feeling stressed at work, try these seven strategies to help alleviate your stress. 

Watch Out: Here Comes Generation Z

Generation Z is now entering the workforce. The oldest members of Generation Z recently turned 21 and are beginning to enter the workforce. Within the next decade, these numbers will soar and businesses should adapt their recruitment and retainment strategies if they want to attract top candidates. They are remarkably different than their millennial predecessors and their arrival should force businesses to change their marketing strategies and rethink recruitment and retainment techniques.

6 HR & Employee Benefits Trends to Watch in 2018

Employers are looking every year for more ways to motivate and incentivize employees to create a more productive work environment and increase employee morale overall.  The health insurance landscape is changing rapidly each year so employers should embrace the following employee benefits trends.

Top Cyber Topics to Watch in 2018

In 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack, Equifax data breach and other large-scale cyber attacks demonstrated the dangers of cyber crimes, and the data stolen from those incidents will continue to endanger businesses and consumers for years. Nearly 60 percent of businesses experienced a data breach in 2017, according to Forrester Research. Additionally, in early January, researchers announced the Meltdown and Spectre processor exploits, which hackers can use to steal data from nearly every computer and mobile device. 

Small Group Transitional Relief Ending Soon!

One of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that is not being rolled back is the requirement for all small group, fully insured health plans to comply with benefit design and community rating methodology outlined by the ACA. This requirement has been postponed each year and it looks like this is the year that it will not be postponed. Small group generally is defined as less than 50 employees. If you are a small group plan and have kept your current plans to take advantage of transitional relief, large increases are likely! I will explain in more detail further on why.