Tips to a Successful Annual Exam | Virginia Benefit Brokers

Have you ever heard the proverb “Knowledge is power?” It means that knowledge is more powerful than just physical strength and with knowledge people can produce powerful results. This applies to your annual medical physical as well! The #1 goal of your annual exam is to GAIN KNOWLEDGE. Annual exams offer you and your doctor … Continued

Federal Employment Law Update – May 2018 | VA Benefit Consultants

EEO-1 Filing Deadline ExtendedIn late April 2018, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the deadline for the EEO-1 Employer Information Report (EEO-1 Report) has been extended from March 31, 2018 to June 1, 2018.For the 2017 EEO-1 reporting cycle, the EEO-1 will collect data on the race, ethnicity, and sex of workers, by … Continued

5 Employee Handbook Mistakes to Avoid | Virginia Benefit Brokers

Gary Wheeler, partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a well-respected national employment law firm and legal partner to ThinkHR, explains five mistakes he sees frequently in his clients’ employee handbooks.It’s too long, inconsistent, or redundant.Like with your house, when you live with an employee handbook for a while, you collect things and it … Continued

Top 5 Social Media Tips That Can Benefit Every Agency | Virginia Benefit Advisors

The world is connected nowadays through our screens. Whether it be email, texting, websites, Facetime, or social media; we all use technology to connect us to others. According to Hubspot, an online marketing and sales software provider, consumers are on social networks more than ever before. They wrote:“In our survey of 1,091 global internet users, … Continued

It’s Intern Season | VA Employee Benefits

Summer internships offer students opportunities to gain real-world experience and hands-on career development. Conversely, internship programs give employers access to highly motivated and educated young workers and give junior managers more experience training and supervising. There are benefits for everyone involved.However, there are some potential legal and administrative pitfalls that many employers overlook. One of … Continued

IRS Changes Course (Again) and Restores 2018 HSA Family Limit to $6,900 | Virginia Benefit Advisors

Friday, April 27, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2018 annual contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for persons with family coverage under a qualifying High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) is restored to $6,900. The single-coverage limit of $3,450 is not affected.This is the final word on what has been an unusual … Continued

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Moved to June 1 | Virginia Employee Benefits

Here’s an update on EEO-1  reporting by Cara Crotty, partner with leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP.The new deadline is June 1, but only for this year.The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it has extended the deadline to submit 2017 EEO-1 report data. The deadline, … Continued

799,182 Reasons to Buy Life Insurance | Virginia Benefit Advisors

A generation ago, unexpected loss of a loved one could be seen as an isolated situation. But today, a quick search of GoFundMe delivers a difficult reality check. Simply type “funerals” into the search field, and behold—799,182 results (on this particular day). Almost 800,000 tales of the sudden loss of a loved one, compounded by … Continued

Prescription Drug Discount Programs | VA Employee Benefits

Did you know that you can save time and money on your prescription drugs by simply signing up for a discount card online? With savings as much as 80% off, these discount cards keep your health care costs down even when the prices of prescriptions are sharply rising.  At no cost to the patient, discount … Continued

The Rap on Wraps | Virginia Employee Benefit Advisors

There’s a good chance you use a wrap document to help satisfy your Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) summary plan description (SPD) obligations. Yet if you look for a definition of wrap document in ERISA statutes or regulations, you will not find one. The wrap is not a defined term or required document; it … Continued