The Risks are Real | VA Employee Benefits Company

Even when you proactively anticipate all the people risks that have the potential to impact your workplace, it’s easy to convince yourself there is no risk to you — that it will never happen here.You may think no one at your workplace will harass anyone, no one will sue you over an honest mistake made … Continued

Opioid Addiction in the Workplace | Virginia Employee Benefits Agency

The opioid crisis has driven overdose deaths in America to all-time highs. By 2017, the opioid mortality rate was five times higher than the rate in 1999. This crisis is not limited to one socio-economic class or one geographic area. Opioid addiction affects those in suburban homes, high-rise office buildings, and schools in every state … Continued

March Madness 2019: The Ball is in Your Court | Virginia Employee Benefits Agents

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2019 tournament, is March 17. Games begin with the First Four on March 19 and 20 and culminate with the Final Four April 6 and 8.While this annual … Continued

Here’s to a Healthy Heart! | VA Employee Benefits

Heartbreaks are painful, but did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 630,000 people dying from the condition each year. This equates to one in four deaths attributed to this awful disease. The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), … Continued

You Can Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence | Virginia Benefits Agency

On Friday, February 15, 2019, five employees of a manufacturer in Aurora, Illinois, were killed by an employee they were about to terminate as they met in a conference room. Among the victims were the human resources director and a young HR intern at his first day on the job. This is just the latest … Continued

From Resolutions to Reality | Virginia Benefit Consultants

Ever wonder why the resolutions you make in January don’t stick around after March? You aren’t alone! Studies show that only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Only 8%! Why? And how do people achieve their goals set at New Year’s? We’ve broken it down for you so you can identify your goal-breaker … Continued

Ask the Experts: Benefits Changes After Open Enrollment Ends but Before Plan Year Begins | Virginia Benefit Firm

Question: Can an employee change a pretax plan election after the employer’s open enrollment window has closed but before the plan year has begun? Are there any potential downsides for allowing this?Answer: Yes, an employee may make a change to his or her benefit election after open enrollment has ended but before the plan year begins. … Continued

2019 Minimum Wages | Virginia Employee Benefits

Eighteen states rang in 2019 with new, higher minimum wage rates. These states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, ME, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, SD, and WA) have scheduled annual adjustments for their minimum wages based on approved legislation, via ballot initiative, or varying formulas.Thirty states have a minimum wage higher than … Continued

Ask the Experts: Using a Health FSA on COBRA | Virginia Employee Benefits

Question: A terminated employee took COBRA for the health FSA. Can he stop making after-tax COBRA contributions after three months, then just keep paying the 2 percent admin fee and continue accessing the account? Or does he have to make full contributions in order to use it, even on COBRA?Answer: Health flexible spending account (HFSA) … Continued

Attitude of Gratitude | Virginia Benefits Management Agency

Having a grateful heart impacts more than just you! When you express your gratitude to others, it becomes a ripple effect and extends further than you can imagine. Watch this video to learn how to say “thank you” to others!