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2017 UBA Healthplan Survey | Chicago Benefit Advisors

It was recently unveiled the latest findings from our 2017 Health Plan Survey. With data on 20,099 health plans sponsored by 11,221 employers, the UBA survey is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined.To learn more, watch this short video below. 

Utilize FSA Monies with Key Year–End Strategies | Chicago Benefit Advisors

‘Tis the Season’. Like most, you ‘re probably in the midst of the “hussle and bussle” of this holiday season with dinners, parties, and activities; Christmas shopping; and spending those remaining FSA dollars you have allocated this year.  Wait, what? Yes, you read right. Chances are, if you’ve opted to utilize an employer-sponsored FSA account … Continued

Climate Leave: PTO for when the Wind Blows | Chicago Benefit Advisors

This year, much of the United States had some form of major natural disaster—hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornados—and millions of people were either directly affected, or had a family member or close friend who was affected. This life-changing disruption often meant that people couldn’t, or weren’t able to, go to work. While many companies were understanding … Continued

Employee Benefit Plans and the House Republican Tax Reform Bill | Chicago Benefit Advisors

On November 2, 2017, House Republicans introduced a tax reform bill (H.R.1-115th Congress) called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that, if passed, would impact multiple aspects of the tax code. Many of these changes relate to employee benefit plans, particularly in relation to certain fringe benefits.Dependent Care Accounts A dependent care flexible spending account … Continued

IRS Updates Guidance on Play-or-Pay Penalty Assessments | Chicago Benefit Advisors

Beginning in 2015, to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large” employers must offer their full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility / play-or-pay penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the penalty each calendar year after employees have filed their federal tax returns.In November 2017, … Continued

The Perks of Holiday Parties: How They’re Still an Asset to Your Company | Chicago Benefit Advisors

 The end of the year is upon us and a majority of companies celebrate with an end-of-year/holiday party.  Although the trend of holiday parties has diminished in recent years, it’s still a good idea to commemorate the year with an office perk like a fun, festive party. BENEFITS OF A YEAR-END CELEBRATIONHoliday staff parties are a … Continued

Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements | Chicago Benefit Advisors

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) into law. The Cures Act provides a method for certain small employers to reimburse individual health coverage premiums up to a dollar limit through HRAs called “Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements” (QSE HRAs). The provision went into effect on January 1, 2017. On October … Continued