5 Tips to Beat the Heat | VA Employee Benefits Advisors

There’s no denying that summer has arrived. In fact, the news has been abuzz with Alaska’s heat wave in July that sent temperatures soaring between 20 and 30 degrees above average. When you are caught in the middle of a heat wave, it may seem like there’s nothing you can do to keep cool. But, … Continued

Top 5 Learning Metrics to Watch | VA Benefits Consultants

How much job training equates to time wasted:  About 20%, according to one LinkedIn study.  That’s the percentage of learners who never apply their training to their job.  That same study says 67% of learners apply the lessons learned, but in the end, revert to previous habits.  Another study found 45% of training content is … Continued

Volunteering Time Off, Part 1 | Virginia Employee Benefits Team

Volunteering Time Off, or VTO, has become a buzz topic for many companies as of late. It involves encouraging employees to take time off from their job to plug in to their community and the nonprofits that support it. Let’s delve in deeper to understand what VTO looks like.Typical VTO policies allot for 8 hours … Continued

Millennials, legal industry workers more likely to be hungover at work | VA Benefits Agency

Dive Brief:On average, American workers miss two days of work per year due to being hungover, a survey of 1,000 full-time workers from Delphi Behavioral Health Group found. By industry, the sector most affected by hangovers is tech, with an average of 8 sick days used, while construction workers and legal industry workers used four, the … Continued

REMINDER: HEALTH PLAN PCORI FEES ARE DUE JULY 31 | Virginia Benefits Team

Employers that self-insured any group health plans in 2018, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), are responsible for determining whether the annual PCORI fee applies to their plan. If so, use Form 720 to calculate, report, and pay the fee by July 31, 2019.PCORI stands for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Federal law imposes a small annual fee on most health … Continued

Ask the Experts: Overtime and Paid Time Off | VA Employee Benefits Advisors

Question: Should we include holidays, PTO, vacation, or other leave taken during the workweek in calculating overtime premium pay under FLSA rules?Answer: No. Because holiday, PTO, and vacation hours are not actually hours worked they do not count towards overtime pay.Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer who requires or permits an employee to work … Continued

Identity Theft | Virginia Benefits Consultants

Recently, the “Happiest Place on Earth” wasn’t living up to its name for many families. For almost a full year, malicious software had been installed on point-of-sale systems at several Earl Enterprises restaurants. This software then captured debit and credit card numbers, expiration dates, and cardholder names of users purchasing food at these venues. Identity … Continued

Gig Economy 101 | VA Employee Benefits Team

By now you’ve heard of the term “gig economy” but you may not know what it means. Is it describing the economy of musicians as they work gigs? Does it mean something about computers and the measurement of space allotted for their programs? Does it have something to do with fishing? Well, not exactly. But, … Continued

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Virginia Benefits Advisors

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)?Answer: The coverage continuation requirements of the Consolidated … Continued

3 Ways to Improve Psychological Safety | Virginia Employee Benefits

Employees who feel a sense of psychological safety at work are more likely to be engaged, productive and generating the innovative ideas needed to move an organization forward—but promoting that type of environment requires significant commitment on the part of the employer, a process that can be supported by HR leaders.At a session at last month’s Health & … Continued