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What Employers Need to Know about CAA Requirements

Travis Turner

Make sure your organization is ready to comply with these CAA requirements | Corporate Synergies

Whether self-funded or fully insured, employers have the ultimate responsibility and liability to ensure compliance with CAA requirements. Many of the provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), passed in late December 2020, are now effective in 2022. … Read More

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

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

Employers may Implement COVID-19 Vaccine Premium Incentives

Dan Kuperstein

Employers can implement vaccine premium incentives to encourage employees to get vaccinated | Corporate Synergies

Employers and plan sponsors considering a COVID-19 vaccine premium incentive should examine the potential risks, cost savings and administrative hurdles. On October 4, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services issued FAQ guidance confirming the permissibility … Read More

3 Questions You Must Ask Before Signing Your First Stop-Loss Insurance Contract

Luciano Franco and Earl Rutter, Jr.

Employers should ask these 3 questions before signing a stop-loss insurance contract | Corporate Synergies

Stop-loss insurance contracts offer important protection for self-funded employers—but employers must ensure they’re providing the right coverage. Responsibly transitioning to self-funded health insurance can provide cash flow flexibility for some employers—and they are taking the plunge. In 2018, 38.7% of … Read More

Our Take: National Nonprofit Day Recognizes Orgs’ Unique Needs

Corporate Synergies

People come together to recognize the needs of organizations on National Nonprofit Day | Corporate Synergies

National Nonprofit Day reflects the history of tax-exempt organizations, but many are now worried about their future. The pandemic impacted all organizations, but it especially exacerbated existing issues concerning many nonprofit organizations. Many are now trying to maintain their mission … Read More

Effective Employee Benefits for Nonprofits Begin with Culture

Harrison Newman

Values and culture unite your organization and should drive employee benefits for nonprofits | Corporate Synergies

Your employee benefits package is an extension of your nonprofit organization’s mission and values. What would you say if I asked you to name the most important aspect of your nonprofit organization’s benefit plan that starts with “C”? Did “cost,” … Read More

Our Take: Popular Voluntary Benefits May no Longer be Optional

Corporate Synergies

These popular voluntary benefits offerings could be the deciding factor for job candidates | Corporate Synergies

A recent survey shows more employers offering popular voluntary benefits. We think it could help attract and retain top talent. The world of work looks different, and employees—and potential employees—are prioritizing different aspects of their careers and compensation. In a … Read More

6 Options to Adjust PTO Imbalance

Corporate Synergies

Too much PTO? Too little? Here’s how to adjust PTO imbalance | Corporate Synergies

Can your paid time off (PTO) rules keep up when employees want to take that long-postponed trip? Here’s what to consider as you adjust PTO imbalance. One of the most important parts of updating the PTO policy is keeping your … Read More