Highlighting News, Trends and Best Practices in Employee Benefits

Legal Brief - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Increases Health Flexible Savings (FSA) Contribution Limit for 2018

Posted by Ironwood Benefits Advisory & Consulting Services on Nov 17, 2017 3:48:49 PM

Beginning in 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the Health Flexible Savings (FSA) contribution limit. In Revenue Procedure 2017-58, released in October, the salary reduction contribution limit has been raised by $50, resulting in a total of $2,650 for 2018.

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Topics: benefits, IRS, Contributions, Tax Savings, FSA, 2018, Legal Brief

Family and Medical Leave Act: Hurricane Victims' Eligibility

Posted by Ironwood Benefits Advisory & Consulting Services on Oct 13, 2017 10:34:28 AM

Since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the southeastern U.S, many people were either displaced or injured, which has forced many to miss work. One of the top questions many employees have post-hurricane or natural disasters is if they’re eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. FMLA can be a complicated act to understand with varying requirements depending on what kind of injury or illness is happening.

The answer is multi-faceted and dependent on circumstances. There are many criteria to meet the ability to be granted FMLA leave. Employers are required to grant leave to employees only if they employ more than 50 employees for each business day for 20 or more calendar weeks in the year. FMLA is an employee benefit that can be incredibly helpful when disaster or injury strikes.

FMLA grants differing amounts of time depending on the illness or injury incurred. The amount of time granted to employees if their employer meets these criteria is up to 12 weeks for a 12-month period. Employees are eligible if they have:

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Topics: hurricane, benefits, FMLA, missing work

Introducing: Ironwood's Lead2Health Solution

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jul 17, 2017 1:51:04 PM

Ironwood has teamed up with Quantum Health to bring to you a long-term, sustainable benefit program designed to bend the trends and increase employee engagement.

Quantum has been working exclusively with large Fortune 500 clients for over 17 years and has been able to prove* that putting care coordination at the center of the member’s healthcare experience drives down claims spend.  

Contact Jon Bailey to discuss details @ 404.503.9136.

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, Employer Services, ACA, Webinar, ACA Reporting, CFO, Affordable Care Act

Ironwood Insurance Services Welcomes Jon Bailey As Benefits Consultant

Posted by Rachel Smith on Aug 18, 2016 8:28:19 AM

In the News:

Ironwood Insurance Services Welcomes Jon Bailey as Benefits Consultant.

 

Ironwood is pleased to announce the addition of its newest Employee Benefits Consultant, Jon Bailey.

Ironwood Insurance Services is an Atlanta-based brokerage firm specializing in serving the middle market in the areas of risk management, property and casualty insurance, employee benefits and custom HR solutions. Committed to offering highly specialized resources with a strong, dedicated service team, the firm has grown significantly since its founding in 2007. The firm is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Bailey, to its team as a Benefits Consultant

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, PressRelease, New Hire

Webinar 7/6/2016 ACA Reporting

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jul 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

ACA Reporting: Lessons Learned & Forecast

ACA reporting saw successes and challenges. Join our "Lessons Learned" webinar on July 6 for guidance and solutions on this major industry pain point.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Jamie Hawkins, Benefit Technology Resources / BAN HR Admin & Benefit Technology Directory on July 6th at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, Employer Services, ACA, Webinar, ACA Reporting, CFO, Affordable Care Act

FICA-Reduction Arrangements using Wellness Programs

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 23, 2016 11:27:34 AM

BEWARE OF FICA-REDUCTION ARRANGEMENTS USING WELLNESS PROGRAMS

It has come to our attention that certain arrangements are being marketed to employers that are intended to reduce an employer’s FICA obligation by significantly increasing employees’ pre-tax salary reductions. We want to caution employers against entering into these types of arrangements before having a conversation with an employee benefits attorney who understands them. This alert provides some background on these schemes and our concerns with them.

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Topics: Wellness, EmployeeBenefits, Wellness Programs, Health & Wellness, FICA

Webinar 6/29/2016 Self-funding Strategies

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Self-funding Strategies: Have You Considered this Option?

Have you considered self-funding as an option when offering benefits to your employees?

Pat Campola will educate attendees on the components of a self-insuring arrangement and the possible outcomes, both good and bad, when self-insuring.

You will take away:

  • a basic understanding of self-insuring
  • key things to considerations before self-insuring
  • understanding on how to select a claims administrator and stop-loss carrier
Register now for this free webinar presented by  Pat Campola  on June 29 , 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, Employer Services, Webinar, Self-funding Insurance, CFO

Webinar 6/22/2016 A Wellness Program on a Limited Budget

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A Wellness Program on a Limited Budget

Creating a wellness program does not need to be scary or expensive. Join wellness author and CEO, Will Clower, as he explains wellness options that can fit into any budget.

This webinar will provide examples of fitness programs you can deploy tomorrow, a road map for introducing wellness tools to your organization, and developing a wellness campaign that will deliver results.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Will Clower, CEO, Mediterranean Wellness on June 22, 2016 at 12:00 EDT.  

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Topics: Wellness, EmployeeBenefits, HR, Employer Services, Webinar, Health & Wellness

Webinar 6/14/2016 on Overtime Regulations

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Overtime Regulations: A Human Resources Prospective

A special webinar with Bobbi Kloss will give a new perspective on the recent overtime regulation changes in the industry from a human resources point of view.

 

Register now for this free webinar presented by Bobbi Kloss on June 14, 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, Overtime, Employer Services, Webinar

Webinar 6/8/2016 on ACA and Cadillac Tax

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 6, 2016 10:47:33 AM

Affordable Care Act and Cadillac Tax: An Overview

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be top of mind for companies across industries. It is important to stay up to date on regulatory issues.  

In this webinar, the status of the Cadillac Tax, the policy reasons behind it and strategies to avoid it will be covered. Learn what types of coverage are subject to this tax, how to calculate the cost of coverage and identify who is responsible for paying the tax.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Stacy Borrow, Esq. on June 8, 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, Employer Services, ACA, Webinar, Cadillac Tax