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5 Strategies for reducing health benefits costs in 2021

By Barrow Group Staff / September 18, 2020
Health benefits costs are almost certainly going to rise in 2021. They’ve been trending upward for years—over 50% in the last decade, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation—and the current state of economic uncertainty over COVID-19 won’t slow things down. Realistically, ...
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Topics: health care, employee benefits, open enrollment, health-insurance-costs

the 2021 open enrollment checklist is here

By Barrow Group Staff / September 02, 2020
2021 Open Enrollment Checklist To prepare for open enrollment, group health plan sponsors should be aware of the legal changes affecting the design and administration of their plans for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2021. Employers should review their plan documents ...
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Topics: employee benefits, open enrollment, Open-Enrollment-Checklist-2021, ACA-Affordability-Standards, FSA-Contributions, HSA-Contribution-Limits

Captives for employee benefits

By Barrow Group Staff / July 16, 2020
It has become increasingly important for employers to offer some form of an employee benefits package in order to attract and retain a strong workforce. Additionally, employers may want to protect their company from the risks associated with offering employee benefits. While ...
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Topics: staffing, PEO, benefits, human resources, employee benefits

Recruiting Post Coronavirus

By Barrow Group Staff / June 16, 2020
Like most aspects of the workplace, recruiting norms have changed as organizations prepare their post-coronavirus plans. While unemployment rates remain high, many employers find themselves struggling to connect with the right candidates. Employers can boost their recruiting ...
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Topics: staffing, PEO, human resources, employee benefits, COVID-19, Recruiting

PPP Guidance for Employees Refusing to Return to Work

By Barrow Group Staff / June 12, 2020
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, human resources, employee benefits, SBA, COVID-19, PPP

Benefits Insights: Telemedicine

By Barrow Group Staff / March 23, 2020
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, benefits, health care, wellness, human resources, employee benefits

Legal Update: Two New Model COBRA Notices Available from the DOL

By Barrow Group Staff / March 03, 2020
The Department of Labor (DOL), through its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), has released updated versions of its model COBRA General Notice and model COBRA Election Notice, both with an expiration date of Jan. 31, 2023....
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, benefits, health care, compliance, employee benefits

Benefits News: HHS Increases Civil Penalties for HIPAA Violations

By Barrow Group Staff / February 20, 2020
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, benefits, health care, human resources, compliance, employee benefits

Benefits News: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite ACA Case

By Barrow Group Staff / February 17, 2020
The United States Supreme Court denied motions to expedite consideration of Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate....
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, benefits, health care, employee benefits

Employee Benefits Trends to Watch

By Barrow Group Staff / January 28, 2020
Generally speaking, employers are looking to lower their rising health care costs and improve their employees’ overall health. When HR professionals look toward the future, they are evaluating strategies to help manage both short- and long-term costs....
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Topics: temporary staffing, staffing, PEO, benefits, health care, wellness, human resources, employee benefits

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