Highlighting News, Trends and Best Practices in Employee Benefits

Happy Birthday!

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

On January 28, 2011, Ironwood Insurance Services hired veteran employee benefits producer, Mark R. Conner, and Ironwood’s Benefits Advisory Services was born.

Fast-forward five short years to today where Mark leads a growing team of 15 experienced and talented professionals.   Ironwood’s Employee Benefits Services is a full-service benefits practice meeting the needs of businesses requiring customized employee benefits, health & wellness and human resources consulting services.

The group continues to grow adding specialists and services to keep up with its ever-changing industry and in order to provide the best possible service to its clients.

What will they look like 5 years from today?

To learn more about Ironwood's Employee Benefits Services click here

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, Human Resources Consulting, Employer Services, Wellness Programs, Human Resources Outsourcing

Webinar 1/27/2016 on Complying with HIPAA's Privacy Rule

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Complying With HIPAA's Privacy Rule

This webinar explains an employer’s obligations under HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and satisfies HIPAA’s training requirement.  All staff members who use or access “protected health information” as part of their job duties should attend.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Bobbi Kloss​ on January 27, 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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

Webinar 1/20/2016 on Hiring the Right People

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Hiring the Right People: Best practices for Recruiting and Talent Management

In this competitive marketplace does your organization have what it takes to attract and retain top talent? Learn best practices to implement within your organization for its total rewards strategy.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Bobbi Kloss​ on January 20, 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: HR, Webinar, Talent Management, Hiring, Recruiting

Webinar 1/13/2016 on ACA Update & Reporting Requirements

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 11, 2016 6:00:00 AM

This webinar provides an update on recent events and regulatory guidance under the ACA, along with an overview of the ACA’s new reporting requirements for 2016.

Register now for this free webinar presented by Stacy Barrow, Esq. on January 13, 2016 at 12:00 EST.  

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, ACA, Webinar

Ironwood Insurance & Employee Benefits Services Welcomes Julie Mizell

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jan 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

In the News:

Ironwood's Employee Benefits Practice Continues to Grow; Adds Julie Mizell to its Account Management team.

Ironwood is pleased to announce that Julie Mizell has joined the firm.

Julie joins the Benefits Advisory Services practice at Ironwood as its newest Senior Account Executive. Based in Atlanta, Ga., Ironwood Insurance and Employee Benefits Services is a brokerage firm specializing in serving the middle market in the areas of risk management, property and casualty insurance and employee benefits consulting.

Julie brings over 10 years of experience in employee benefits to Ironwood. Her experience includes both local and national employer groups with anywhere from 100 to 20,000 employees across multiple industries.

As Senior Account Executive, Julie partners with clients to determine areas of opportunity within their benefits offering and works to develop cost saving strategies to meet their short and long term business goals.  She also provides financial analysis, plan review and recommendations, vendor marketing and implementation.  

Mark Conner, Managing Partner of Ironwood Benefits Advisory Services, stated, “We are excited to have Julie as the newest member of our team. Her industry experience and knowledge are proving to be a great asset for Ironwood and an added value to our clients.”

About Ironwood: Ironwood Insurance and Employee Benefits Services is a privately held firm providing insurance brokerage, surety services, risk management, employee benefits and human resources consulting services. Our firm was founded on the principles of teamwork, integrity and service to others. We recognize that our people are our most valuable asset and believe that great people deliver excellent customer service. Our success is measured by the amount of positive impact we have in the lives of our clients, employees, shareholders and community. To learn more about Ironwood, please visit www.ironwoodins.com.

 

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, PressRelease, New Hire

Webinar 11/18/2015 on New Proposed Overtime Regulations

Posted by Rachel Smith on Nov 17, 2015 2:55:45 PM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations containing the “white-collar” exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements.

Join Stacy Barrow, Esq. &  Steve Weatherhead, Esq. as they discuss what's included in the proposed changes, the impact these regulations may have on your industry and how employers can start getting ready now before the regulations go into effect.

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, HR, FSLA, DOL, Overtime, Employer Services

Ironwood Insurance and Employee Benefits Services Expands Human Resources Consulting Practice

Posted by Rachel Smith on Oct 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In the News:

Ironwood Insurance and Employee Benefits Services Expands Human Resources Consulting Practice

In Response to the Needs of its Growing Client Base, Ironwood Expands its Human Resources Consulting Practice Hiring Meredith Ball as Director of HR Consulting. Ms. Ball Brings Experience and Expertise to the HR Consulting Practice She Now Leads. 

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, PressRelease, HR, Human Resources Consulting, New Hire

Legislative Brief: New Trade Act and ACA Reporting

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jul 15, 2015 7:00:00 AM

New Trade Act Quietly Increases ACA Reporting Penalties

The Monday before the fourth of July, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, which contained several tax provisions in addition to the trade measures that were the focus of the bill. Among the tax provisions were changes that increase the penalties associated with failure to file or furnish correct “information returns and payee statements,” which include standard information returns, such as Forms W-2 and 1099, as well as the new reporting forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, LegislativeBrief, Advisory, ACA

Legislative Brief:  Health Plan Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jul 8, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Health Plan Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

Due to recent changes in federal and state laws, employers may be considering their options and obligations for offering coverage to same-sex spouses under their group health plans. Some, but not all, employers will continue to have discretion regarding whether they offer health coverage to same-sex spouses.

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, LegislativeBrief, Advisory

Ironwood’s Expanding Benefits Advisory Services Hires Full Time Claims Consultant

Posted by Rachel Smith on Jun 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In the News:

Ironwood Insurance Services' Employee Benefits Practice provides full claims support for its growing number of clients and their employees.

With the addition of Renee Leggitt as Claims Consultant to the practice, Ironwood Clients are gaining a dedicated and experienced professional to provide additional expertise in handling employee claims.

 

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Topics: EmployeeBenefits, PressRelease, New Hire