Ask the Experts: Flu and FMLA | Virginia Employee Benefits

Question: Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?Answer: Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.Some cases of the flu, however, are severe or result … Continued

Ask the Experts: Federal Survey of Employer Health Plans | Virginia Benefit Firms

Question: Our company received a survey from the U.S. Census Bureau asking about the health coverage we offer to employees, how much it costs, etc. Is this an official survey? Do we have to provide the information?Answer: It appears your company has been randomly selected for the federal government’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Here … Continued

Cybersecurity: Employees Are the First Line of Defense | Virginia Benefit Advisors

Cybercriminals are becoming more focused on users of company networks as a weak link in the security infrastructure chain. Secure web gateways, anti-virus tools, malware scanners, spam quarantines, and other technologies help filter out malicious content and defend against a growing variety of threats, but technology alone cannot stop humans from clicking on the wrong … Continued

7 Ways to Have Self-Control, Even in the Hardest Situations | Virginia Benefit Advisors

What would change if you had more self-control? Would you meet your fitness goals? De-escalate tense situations? Finally stop procrastinating on work projects? Although it can seem impossible to gain any more discipline than you already have, willpower can be exercised regularly just like your muscles. There are a few ways you can gain control … Continued

10 Nighttime Habits That Will Transform Your Tomorrows | Virginia Benefit Agency

A highly productive person probably doesn’t bolt out of bed in a panic after a short night’s sleep or hit the snooze button several times — they more likely have nighttime habits the evening before which help set them up for success the next day. As a yoga instructor, I know the importance of both … Continued

Ask the Experts: FMLA Leave and Attendance Incentives | Virginia Benefits Group

Question: We give year-end bonuses based on attendance, and employees with a certain number of absences are disqualified. If an employee took FMLA leave, can we count those absences against them and withhold the attendance bonus?Answer: Yes, if you apply the rubric used to qualify employees for the bonus consistently across all “equivalent leave status” … Continued

How to Stop Procrastinating (Finally!) | Virginia Benefit Consultants

Do you consider yourself a procrastinator? A 2015 study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy found that about 50 percent of people consider themselves “mild” or “average” when it comes to procrastinating. And about 20 percent of people view themselves as chronic procrastinators, meaning that they procrastinate in many different areas of their lives — work, … Continued

IRS Extends Deadline for Employers to Furnish Forms 1095-C and 1095-B | Virginia Benefits Brokers

On November 29, 2018, the IRS released Notice 2018-94 to extend the due date for employers to furnish 2018 Form 1095-C or 1095-B under the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirement. Employers will have an extra month to prepare and distribute the 2018 form to individuals. The due dates for filing forms with the IRS … Continued

Workplace Wellness | Maryland Benefits Brokers

Picture this: You are sitting at your desk at 3pm and you realize you haven’t gotten up from your chair all day. You look around and see that you’ve been snacking instead of eating a lunch. You have read the same sentence 4 times and still can’t figure out what it means. Your back hurts, … Continued

How to Stop Procrastinating (Finally!) | VA Benefits Agency

Do you consider yourself a procrastinator? A 2015 study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy found that about 50 percent of people consider themselves “mild” or “average” when it comes to procrastinating. And about 20 percent of people view themselves as chronic procrastinators, meaning that they procrastinate in many different areas of their lives — work, … Continued