Is Your Company Reaching Its Potential?

June 13, 2024

Prefer to listen instead of read? No problem! Listen to the blog post at any time by clicking here.   In a world where a single tweet can swing customer opinions, ensuring every part of your company is in sync is more than a nice-to-have—it’s a must.  One of the more pervasive challenges organizations face today is the tendency for teams to operate in silos. This results in missing key opportunities to streamline operations and enhance the customer experience. So, how do you ensure your customer’s journey isn’t just good but great? Start by tearing down internal silos and creating intentional spaces for collaboration between teams. It’s vital to break down every phase of your customer’s journey, from the first hello to the final thank-you, ensuring everyone is on the same page. And yes, that means opening up those not-so-secret processes and sharing intel.

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Webinar:  Diving into the World of Mental Health Parity Compliance

June 6, 2024

Join us for a deep dive into the world of mental health parity compliance, including:

How we got here
What both types of analyses entail
Who is subject to the rules
Strategies going forward for your plan

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Innovation vs. Tradition: Striking the Right Balance in the Age of Change

May 30, 2024

Prefer to listen instead of read? No problem! Listen to the blog post at any time by clicking here.   Innovation is encouraged and expected in the business world; you’ll fall behind if you don’t keep up to date on new processes or technology. However, ignore traditions at your own peril. Workplace traditions like established practices, company culture, and values give employees a sense of comfort in the familiar, foster a sense of stability, and boost morale and productivity.  A healthy organization strikes a balance between tradition and innovation.

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2025 Limits Announced for HSAs, High Deductible Health Plans, and Excepted Benefit HRAs

May 23, 2024

Prefer to listen instead of read? No problem! Listen to the blog post at any time by clicking here.   Late last week, the Internal Revenue Service released updates to the maximum annual 2025 contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) under high deductible health plans (HDHPs). These inflation-adjusted limits, which have increased slightly from 2024, apply to both individual and family coverage. Of note, the annual limit for the additional catch-up HSA contribution eligible individuals aged 55 and over are permitted to make remains unchanged. The updates also include deductible minimums and out-of-pocket (OOP) expense limits for HDHPs and an increase to the maximum amount that may be made newly available for excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangements (EBHRAs). The HSA, HDHP, and out-of-pocket thresholds apply for the 2025 calendar year, while the EBHRA maximum applies to the 2025 plan year. The 2025 limits are summarized below in comparison to the 2024 limits:   Annual HSA Contribution Limits   2025 2024 Self-only coverage $4,300 $4,150 Family coverage $8,550 $8,300 Additional catch-up contribution for eligible individuals $1,000 $1,000 Annual Minimum Deductibles for HDHPs   2025 2024 Self-only coverage $1,650 $1,600 Family coverage $3,300 $3,200 Annual Maximum Out-of-Pocket Expense Limits for HDHPs   2025 2024 Self-only coverage OOP expenses may not exceed $8,300 $8,050 Family coverage OOP expenses may not exceed $16,600 $16,100 Plan Year Excepted Benefit HRA Maximum   2025 2024 Maximum amount for a plan year may not exceed $2,150 $2,100

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Federal Trade Commission Weighs in On Non-Competes 

May 16, 2024

Prefer to listen instead of read? No problem! Listen to the blog post at any time by clicking here.   On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3-2 to ban non-compete agreements. The rule was first proposed in January 2023, and the hope was that this change would increase worker’s earnings by almost $300 billion each year.   There were thousands of public comments sent in with many favoring the proposal. Interestingly enough, a large portion of those comments came from health care workers.  The FTC estimates that upwards of 30 million workers are subject to non-compete agreements. It is their contention that these agreements prevent employees from working for competitors or starting a competing business after they leave a job. That, according to the agency, is unfair and restricts competition. This is viewed as a violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.  The final rule would ban new non-compete agreements for all workers and require employers to let current and past employees know they will not enforce them. Employers will also have to discard any existing non-compete agreements for most employees. One change in the final rule allows agreements to remain in effect for senior executives, which the rule defines as someone earning more than $151,164 annually in a policy-making position.  The agency believes that banning non-competes will allow for:  Reduced healthcare costs;  Increases in new business formations; and  Higher wages for workers.  The effective date of the new rule will be 120 days after it is published in the Federal Register. As with many controversial rules and regulations, opponents such as pro-business groups have already indicated they will be taking legal action to block the implementation of the new rule.  Business groups favor non-compete agreements, arguing that they are critical for protecting proprietary information and intellectual property. The new rule does nothing to alter current methods that protect that information, including nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements. Business groups also firmly question the FTC’s authority to even issue the ban, both retroactively and going forward. The dissenting commissioners on the FTC said they do not support non-compete agreements but contend that their agency does not have the authority to issue the rule without a Congressional directive. Congress has not given the agency explicit authority to ban non-compete agreements. Though there have been bills introduced in the past, none have passed into law.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest pro-business lobbying group in the country, has stated that it plans to sue to block the rule. It appears there will likely be a protracted court battle on this issue, and it would not be surprising if it reached the Supreme Court.   In contrast, the Biden administration has commented in favor of the rule, arguing that non-compete agreements limit workers’ mobility, depress their wages, and harm entrepreneurship and competition in the U.S. economy.  Given the diverse opinions already shared about this new rule, we anticipate that it may evolve over time, and will continue to provide updates if and when they become available. 

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Invisible Issues, Visible Solutions: Rethinking Mental Health at Work

May 9, 2024

Prefer to listen instead of read? No problem! Listen to the blog post at any time by clicking here. As mental health awareness grows, companies must change strategies, moving beyond traditional wellness perks that may feel static and nonpersonal, such as workout programs and mental health days, to tackle many visible and nonvisible challenges. From the trauma of global pandemics to anxiety and depression, companies are stepping up. They’re crafting cultures where it’s okay to talk about mental health openly, boosting support through technology like telehealth, and recognizing the real ROI that comes from happier, healthier employees. It’s not just about ticking boxes; it’s about building resilience, reducing stigma, and fostering an environment where everyone can thrive.

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