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Four Things You Should Ask Your Health Insurance Provider About

by Tim AustinMay 10, 2016 8:00 AM

Healthcare is an important part of any small business. That’s why it’s important that you ask your medical insurance company about their services. It can be easy to turn a blind eye to what your insurance company is doing, but you should get a better understanding of how they’re serving you so that you can evaluate what they’re doing to help you. Here are four healthcare topics you should ask about.

Image of a doctor. Healthcare administration can give small business owners the service they need.

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The Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program: Getting Healthy

by Tim AustinFebruary 16, 2016 8:00 AM

Chronic diseases are a serious concern for employees. Issues like hypertension, depression, and other maladies can lead to employees needing sick days to recover or being less productive while at work.

We’ve already discussed how proper health education can help your employees. Here are some ways that a workplace wellness program can get your employees started on healthy habits.

Image of an employee with a healthy lunch. Workplace wellness programs can help start healthy workplace habits.

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The Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program: Education

by Tim AustinFebruary 9, 2016 8:00 AM

Sick days happen, but a regularly unhealthy group of workers can be bad for business. Healthy, happy employees can lead to a more productive workplace. A workplace wellness program provides workers with information on healthy activities and initiatives to help foster healthier lifestyles. Here’s what your employees can learn.

Workplace wellness program education can help your employees live a healthier lifestyle.

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The Benefits of Creating a Time-off Policy for Your Business

by Tim AustinJanuary 26, 2016 8:00 AM

Paid time-off policies allow employees to miss time without causing as many problems for your business. With a good PTO policy in place, your company can allow for the occasional illness or prepare for vacation requests without having to worry.

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Is a PEO Right For You?: Benefits Edition

by Beth KohmannApril 28, 2015 8:00 AM

Good businesses need good employees, and good employees look for good opportunities. A competitive benefits package plays a major part in attracting quality talent to your company, as well as retaining current workers. 

Employee benefit administration can be a time-consuming and costly endeavor for a small- to mid-size company, especially one that wants to offer a complex benefits package. Instead of just accepting the hassle as a necessity, you should consider the possibility of teaming up with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) like Group Management Services (GMS) to benefit your benefits.

Employee benefits administration is yet another service provided by a PEO.

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Does a Wellness Program Really Matter?

by Andrew SzczesniakDecember 1, 2014 8:03 AM

If pressed, most employers would say that having a “rich benefits package” is a great way to attract and retain top quality employees. The more perks the better, right?

Those same employers would also probably say that they can’t afford the richest of plans, but try to offer the best that they can afford. Well, if you believe those two statements, you’re going to love reading this.

Picture of an apple. Wellness programs can help keep your benefits costs down while increasing employee satisfaction.

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EEOC Challenges Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

by Andrew SzczesniakNovember 11, 2014 10:44 AM

The EEOC has made it into the news again, but you may not have heard about it.

A few months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a ruling on how pregnancy in the workplace can be viewed as a worker’s comp issue, they have now weighed in on wellness programs.

Under the Affordable Care Act, there has been a strong push on advocating wellness for employees, and rightfully so. Wellness programs improve the health and productivity of your employees while increasing efficiencies and increasing profitability.

However, according to an article on jdsupra.com, the EEOC has not yet issued guidelines on how employers can and must structure wellness programs to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite the lack of guidelines, the EEOC is pursuing two litigation cases against two separate companies for what they say are violations of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Challenges Ahead Sign. The EEOC's lack of guidelines have created challenges for business owners who want to administer an employee wellness program.

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Controllable Costs

by Andrew SzczesniakOctober 21, 2014 8:18 AM

In the business world, everyone is always looking to maximize profitability. It’s not because business owners are greedy trying to grab every last dime. It’s because they are working their tail off to either make the business succeed or make it grow.

In their efforts to do so, business owners look to control what they can, especially when it comes to costs. As a salesperson, I have often been the person who they tried to control costs through by either beating me up on price, extracting extra services or using what my company does to help make them more profitable. However, it often seems to come back to controlling costs.

When a business owner thinks of controllable costs, they often think of material prices, employee hours or something else on the production end. What seldom comes into play is controlling workers comp, healthcare and unemployment costs.  But, how can you control those costs? Those things are completely out of a business owner’s control. Right?

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EEOC Changes Guidelines on Pregnancy Bias

by Andrew SzczesniakJuly 29, 2014 8:38 AM

For many employers, hearing that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a ruling sounds a lot like fingernails on the chalkboard. They know it’s there, but they don’t often want to hear it.

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Time To Get Educated!

by Tim AustinJuly 16, 2014 8:49 AM

Still not sure what exactly a PEO (professional employer organization) is?  Need help selecting a PEO?  Ever think about outsourcing payroll?

You're not alone, but you’ve come to the right place for answers! Today, we're proud to announce the launch of our new Education Center.

 

In our Education Center, you'll learn more about what PEO is. For example:

  • A PEO offers a cost-effective and unified method for handling back-office services for small and medium sized businesses.
  • PEOs provide services to help reduce business risk, manage employee benefits, process payroll, find quality employees, and more.  
  • PEOs exist in every state and provide services to more than 2.5 million people.
  • The PEO industry is valued at $80 billion per year (and growing).

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