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Insuring the Times of Your Life | Illinois Benefits Agency

Preston Newby was a youth minister. He and his wife, Tara, were driving with their son to visit family—excited to announce a new baby on the way. In the keeping with the kind of person Preston was, he stopped to help at the scene of an accident. That’s when he was struck by another car … Continued

Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | Chicago Employee Benefits UBA

While more and more perks — catered lunches, on-site gyms, immunizations programs — are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimately are also designed to keep workers at work. A recent article in Quartz at Work points out that more than anything, employees want more time off and out of the office. Unlimited time off, to … Continued

Who Can I Name as a Beneficiary on My Life Insurance Policy? | Chicago Benefits Partners

First off, great job on buying life insurance! You took an important step by protecting the ones you love.Every life insurance policy requires you to name a beneficiary. A life insurance beneficiary is typically the person or people who get the payout on your life insurance policy after you die; it may also be a … Continued

Hot Trends in HR | Chicago Benefits Agency

2019 has ushered in many new trends such as retro cartoon character timepieces, meatless hamburgers, and 5G networks to name a few. Not surprisingly, trend-watching doesn’t stop with pop culture, fashion, and technology. Your company’s human resources department should also take notice of the top changes in the marketplace, so they are poised to attract … Continued

5 Simple Tips to SPRING into Fitness! | Chicago Employee Benefits

Spring is here! That means it’s time to ditch those winter layers, and even that excess winter weight. No matter what your current fitness level, spring is a great time to refocus your habits and spruce up your routine.Get a Check Up or a PhysicalBefore starting any new fitness regimen, it’s a good idea to … Continued

More companies flirt with the idea of the four-day work week | Chicago Benefits Agency

Many white-collar jobs, particularly those in creative industries like PR, publishing, and design, have embraced summer hours for years, with shortened workdays on Fridays. Now, some companies are experimenting with “Winter Fridays,” says The New York Times. While clearly seasonal-specific options, both these trends are part of ongoing explorations on the impact of reduced workweeks. … Continued

DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans | Chicago Employee Benefits Team

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan … Continued

The Advantages of Automation | Chicago Benefits Partners

As schedules continue to get more and more packed with work, health, and personal responsibilities, prioritizing and organizing our lives becomes increasingly crucial. When you look at your daily to-do list, some tasks are obviously more important than others, but the significance of other tasks may be less apparent. Automating certain things, like paying bills, … Continued

The Risks are Real | Chicago Employee Benefits

Even when you proactively anticipate all the people risks that have the potential to impact your workplace, it’s easy to convince yourself there is no risk to you — that it will never happen here.You may think no one at your workplace will harass anyone, no one will sue you over an honest mistake made … Continued

Opioid Addiction in the Workplace | Chicago Employee Benefits

The opioid crisis has driven overdose deaths in America to all-time highs. By 2017, the opioid mortality rate was five times higher than the rate in 1999. This crisis is not limited to one socio-economic class or one geographic area. Opioid addiction affects those in suburban homes, high-rise office buildings, and schools in every state … Continued