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CAA Questions Employers Should Be Asking

Corporate Synergies

Asking these CAA questions can lead your organization to a light bulb moment | Corporate Synergies

When complying with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, let these CAA questions help guide your organization. As more Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA) requirements go into effect in 2022, employers may struggle to figure out exactly what they … Read More

Boost your EAP with Voluntary Benefits

Nick Park

Boosting your EAP with voluntary benefits will help support, attract and retain employees | Corporate Synergies

Even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, mental health and holistic wellness were some of the hottest topics in benefits. After all, they seem like no-brainers: Happier, less stressed employees are more productive, require less sick time … Read More

Rethinking the EAP Value Assessment

Travis Turner

Organizations can realize an EAP’s value even if only some employees use it | Corporate Synergies

An EAP’s value is not always apparent, but when properly selected, communicated and administered, they are one of the most cost-effective benefits. Though emergency services aren’t at the center of every employee’s benefits experience, employee assistance programs (EAPs) are a … Read More

Our Take: Participants Will Need Help Navigating OTC COVID-19 Test Coverage

Corporate Synergies

Insurer OTC COVID-19 test coverage processes vary which can be difficult to navigate | Corporate Synergies

Employers must review carefully and communicate OTC COVID-19 test coverage details to participants, especially if they offer plans from multiple carriers. Effective January 15, 2022, group health plans and health insurers must cover over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests without any cost-sharing … Read More

Our Take: HDHPs Promote Cost-Conscious Behavior, Survey Shows

Corporate Synergies

HDHPs promoted cost-conscious behavior and encouraged enrollees to shop around for medical care | Corporate Synergies

A new survey shows that HDHPs are another tool employers can use to promote cost-conscious behavior for plan participants. As healthcare costs continue to rise for employers and plan participants, healthcare consumerism and benefits literacy education remain an important tool … Read More

3 Steps to Choosing the Right EAP for your Organization

Travis Turner

Choosing the right EAP to support employees doesn’t have to be a mystery | Corporate Synergies

EAPs provide employees with essential support—and make your organization more attractive. Here’s how to choose the right EAP for your group. An employee assistance program (EAP) is an important part of your employee benefits package, but choosing the right EAP … Read More

Long-Term Benefits Plans Safeguard Companies from Turbulent Times

Harrison Newman and Pamela Smith

A strong long-term benefits plan can help your organization weather the storm | Corporate Synergies

The value of a long-term benefits plan isn’t just the plan itself but what it reveals about an organization’s goals, priorities and resources. As Warren Buffet said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a … Read More

How Employers Should Prepare for the Federal Vaccine Mandate

Raymond Kim and Dan Kuperstein

Employers should have a plan for the federal vaccine mandate despite its suspension | Corporate Synergies

Though the federal vaccine mandate may be in question, there are still steps employers can take to prepare for that policy or to implement their own. If you’re a large or mid-sized private business, chances are you’ve been following the … Read More

Overcoming Challenges for a Smooth Open Enrollment

Nicole Mitchell

Relax and follow this advice for a smooth open enrollment process this year | Corporate Synergies

A smooth open enrollment can help reduce employee confusion and questions throughout the year. Here’s our advice to achieve it. As Corporate Synergies’ plan administrator, I can relate with the HR departments of our clients. One of the biggest topics … Read More

Vaccine Incentives and Other Fall 2021 Compliance Impacts

Pamela Smith and Dan Kuperstein

We’re monitoring fall 2021 compliance impacts to keep employers’ minds on their business | Corporate Synergies

Expect fall 2021 compliance impacts in the areas of benefits strategy, workplace policy, and vaccine incentives. Recent pandemic-related developments, including those before the Biden Administration’s announcement of a federal vaccination mandate for private sector employers, have had (and will continue … Read More

4 Tips for Managing Open Enrollment During Disruptions

Corporate Synergies

Avoid toppling your employee benefits strategy when conducting open enrollment during disruptions | Corporate Synergies

Flexibility and communication can help employers and employees avoid issues when conducting open enrollment during disruptions, like COVID-19. Managing all the moving parts of open enrollment is a complex process at the best of times. Rely on your trusted partners … Read More