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Benefits Education 101 for Employees | Chicago Employee Benefits Advisors

Companies spend a large amount of time and money creating valuable benefits plans for employees.  But after all that work, they often get low participation.  Good benefit choices require an effort from employers to ensure that employees have help in understanding their benefits options.  To make things even more complex, employers are having to consider … Continued

What Employers Should Know About Corporate Social Responsibility | IL Employee Benefits Consultants

All organizations impact society in a variety of ways. This influence could be through their core products or services, how they conduct business or even a combination of both. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) generally refers to an organization’s impact and how it approaches accountability for its actions. CSR compasses internal and external business activities, but … Continued

5 Tips to Save Money on Health Care: Part 2 | Chicago Employee Benefits Advisors

Smart spending can keep your health care from costing an arm and a leg.  With costs rising on everything from gas to food, every penny counts. It pays to shop smart – that is why it helps to learn how to take steps to limit your out-of-pocket health care costs. Save Money on Prescriptions Go … Continued

4 Ways Inflation and Higher Costs Impact HR | IL Employee Benefits Group

U.S. President Joe Biden recently laid out his plans to combat inflation and the high cost of living. The average family is spending an additional $327 per month compared to pre-pandemic costs, according to a CNN broadcast May 10. At the time, the national average price of gas was $4.37. While the Federal Reserve can … Continued

Best Practices for Employee Appreciation | Chicago Employee Benefits Agency

As HR leaders work hard to retain talent during a historic labor shortage, they are trying to show employee appreciation. At the HR Exchange Network Employee Engagement and Experience online event, Mary Shelley, Chief People Officer at Tango Card, shared best practices for rewarding employees to inform them of their value to the organization. In the session, 5 … Continued

Transparency Rules Require Plan Sponsors to Act Now Before July 1 Deadline | IL Employee Benefits Advisors

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury (the Departments) released Transparency in Coverage (TiC) rules in late 2020 that will require fully insured and self-funded plan sponsors of non-grandfathered group health plans to make important disclosures about in-network and out-of-network rates beginning July 1, 2022. To be ready to meet that deadline, … Continued

Mental Health is Wealth, So Start Saving Up Now! | Chicago Employee Benefits

“Suck it up,” “cheer up,” “snap out of it,” “but you don’t look sick”- these are just some of the phrases that well-meaning friends and family tell loved ones struggling with mental health issues. Research shows that one in five adults struggle with mental health conditions.  Mental health struggles include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, … Continued

What is Mental Health and Wellness in HR? | Chicago Employee Benefits Firm

Mental health and wellness in HR are becoming top priorities for employers. In fact, HR leaders named mental health and wellbeing as their third biggest problem, behind the labor shortage and retaining talent, in the latest HR Exchange Network State of HR report. In addition, those surveyed also said burnout was the top consequence of the … Continued

The 4 W’s of Lifestyle Benefits | Chicago Employee Benefits Advisors

Com­pet­i­tive wages are no longer enough to sat­is­fy and sup­port val­ued employ­ees. Today, a vari­ety of ben­e­fits and perks play an essen­tial role in attract­ing and retain­ing talent. Lifestyle benefits, sometimes referred to as employee perks, are non-salary benefits given to employees to improve their overall lifestyle that go above and beyond standard medical, dental and … Continued

5 Tips to Save Money on Health Care: Part 1 | IL Employee Benefits Consultants

Health insurance is essential to protecting your health but the high cost of coverage may leave you feeling sick.  Even after employers pick up a substantial amount of the cost, every year Americans spend thousands of dollars on healthcare while costs are continuing to rise. By taking certain steps, you can stretch your healthcare dollars … Continued