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Preparing for the Cadillac Tax

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By   6 days ago

  Overview of the Cadillac Tax Beginning in 2018, if the total cost of “applicable employer-sponsored coverage” provided to an employee exceeds a specified annual dollar limit (the “tax threshold”), the excess cost is subject to a non-deductible 40% excise tax. This is often referred to as the “Cadillac” tax. Generally, the calculation of excess […]

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AB 304 Amends California Paid Sick Leave Law

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By   1 month ago

California paid sick leave (Health Workplaces, Healthy families Act of 2014, AB 1522) became effective July 1, 2015, and on July 13, 2015 it was amended by AB 304, which was signed into law on that day as “urgency legislation” to amend and clarify many of the key provisions of the new law, including: Accrual […]

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IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Cadillac Tax: Notice 2015-52

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By   1 month ago

The IRS issued its second notice (Notice 2015-52) on the Cadillac tax (the 40% excise tax under IRC §4980I). The new guidance, issued July 30, 2015, explains possible approaches the IRS is considering for administering the Cadillac tax

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Employers with 51-100 Employees:  Upcoming ACA Changes in 2016

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By   1 month ago

As of January 1, 2016, the ACA definition of “small” group employer increases from 50 to 100 employees. Renewing early to delay small group rating may be a good strategy for many employers with 51-100 employees, but for certain employers this will NOT be a good strategy. This article discusses various factors an employer should consider.

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ACA Information Reporting: Increased Penalties for Reporting Failures

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By   2 months ago

Penalties were recently increased for information reporting failures under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 was passed by Congress and on June 29, 2015 , signed by President Obama. The Act has little to do with the ACA, but a minor provision within it increases penalties for failures related […]

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Health Insurance Acronym Reference Guide

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By   2 months ago

Health insurance is a complex topic, but all of the acronyms and abbreviations make the subject even more difficult. Whether you’re trying to understand the latest developments in health care reform law or trying to make sense of your own health plan documents, you are likely to run into many of these acronyms. We know […]

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ALERT! Self-Funded Plans: PCORI Fees Due by July 31st

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By   2 months ago

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fees are due by July 31, 2015 for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2015.

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Upcoming Deadlines and Reminders for Group Health Plans – 2015 3rd Quarter

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By   2 months ago

This is Leavitt’s Quarterly Update of Deadlines and Reminders in the upcoming quarter. This is for third quarter of 2015. June 30: Transition relief under Notice 2015-17 ends for Employer Payment Plans offered by small employers (with fewer than 50 employees). Small employers that continue to pay for employees’ premiums for individual health insurance will be […]

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Investing in Employees Through Education Programs

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By   2 days ago

Many companies are finding that helping their employees get college degrees, obtain professional certifications, or simply close gaps in their skill sets can be beneficial to both the employee and the employer.

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Firing Best Practices

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By   3 weeks ago

If you hire, sooner or later you’ll have to fire. Terminating an employee can put your company at risk, so pay attention to these firing best practices so you can tailor your termination procedures to protect your company as much as possible.

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Decrease Your Brain Age

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By   3 weeks ago

The nerve cell connections in your brain (known as synapses) can be more efficient if your brain is stimulated and activated. Therefore, as you increase brain stimulation and efficiency, the age of your brain is lowered. Check out these fun and easy ways to lower your brain’s age.  

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Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)—Could Your Company Be at Risk?

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By   1 month ago

Every year, millions of lawsuits are filed and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives tens of thousands of claims by employees and former employees. Many businesses are turning to employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) to help protect themselves from the exposure caused by lawsuits and EEOC claims. This makes sense, since a business is more likely to have an EPLI claim than a general liability or property/casualty claim.

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Inexpensive Ways to Get and Stay Healthy

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By   1 month ago

Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not need to involve tightening your budget. Here are some ways to get and stay healthy without breaking the bank:

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Health Insurance Acronym Reference Guide

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By   2 months ago

Health insurance is a complex topic, but all of the acronyms and abbreviations make the subject even more difficult. Whether you’re trying to understand the latest developments in health care reform law or trying to make sense of your own health plan documents, you are likely to run into many of these acronyms. We know […]

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Fireworks Safety

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By   2 months ago

Following a few simple safety tips can help you enjoy the season without becoming a statistic.

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Spring Flings: Are You Protected?

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By   2 months ago

There’s a list a mile long of things that could go wrong at any given event, all of which you want to be prepared to handle if they happen at yours.

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Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance Welcomes Patrick Powers

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By   18 hours ago

Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance (LRHI) is pleased to announce Patrick Powers has joined the agency as a claims coordinator.

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Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency Welcomes Nielsen and Shewmaker

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By   1 month ago

Flanigan-Leavitt Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that Kyle Nielsen and Kelley Shewmaker have joined their agency in Reno.

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Donovan Bell Joins Leavitt Group in Montana

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By   2 months ago

Leavitt Group is pleased to announce that Donovan Bell has joined their Bozeman office focusing on insurance for the hospitality and tourism industry, such as dude ranches, resorts, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

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Mike Vowles to Lead Independent Agent Association in Utah

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By   2 months ago

Leavitt Group of Spanish Fork’s managing principal, Mike Vowles, was recently sworn in as the new president of the Utah Association of Independent Insurance Agents (UAIIA) during their annual convention.

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2015 Annual LGAA Conference Award Winners

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By   2 months ago

The 37th Annual LGAA Managers Conference was held this year in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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McDonald-Leavitt Insurance Agency Welcomes Jean Stevens

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By   2 months ago

McDonald-Leavitt Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that Jean Stevens has joined their agency as an agent licensed in commercial insurance and employee benefits.

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Leavitt Insurance Agency Welcomes New Benefits Agent

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By   3 months ago

Leavitt Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that Preston Guthrie has joined their St. George office focusing on employee benefits and life insurance. Preston has a strong background in sales and life insurance.

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Jason Ferree Joins Leavitt Group in Montana

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By   3 months ago

Leavitt Group is pleased to announce that Jason Ferree has joined their Missoula agency. He earned his consulting license and specializes in designing custom benefit programs for employers.

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Improve Your Benefit Plan Communications

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By   2 days ago

By improving your benefit plan communication strategy, you can ensure employees understand what is available and ultimately increase smart utilization of benefits you are offering.

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Preparing for an Evacuation

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By   1 month ago

Evacuations are actually more common than we realize. The amount of time you have to prepare before an evacuation depends on the hazard.

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Fire Risk: Are you taking the right steps to protect your business?

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By   2 months ago

Each year thousands of nonresidential fires occur, leaving employees injured, businesses interrupted, and billions of dollars in property damage.

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Financial Wellness For Employees

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By   3 months ago

Employee productivity and the ability to function well on the job are significantly affected by stress and worry. This is the case even if the stress and worry are over non-job-related issues. Financial stress has been found to be particularly damaging to employee productivity.

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Kicking Off a Safe Start to Summer

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By   4 months ago

With the summer season right around the corner, there are a lot of fun activities and projects to look forward to. From yardwork, to backyard barbecues, to a few trips to the lake, a little preparation can go a long way in preventing accident and injury. We’ve put together a few tips to help keep […]

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Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

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By   5 months ago

Slips, trips, and falls in the workplace are a serious matter, yet most can actually be prevented. The results of these incidents can range from minor injuries requiring no medical attention to significant disability and even death.

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Supporting Employees in Achieving Work-Life Balance

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By   6 months ago

According to the American Psychological Association, workers regularly report work-life balance as the main reason they will stay in a job. As an employer, there are a variety of programs and benefits you can make available to support employees in achieving a healthy work-life balance. Flexible Hours Allowing employees to work flexible schedules is a […]

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After an Automobile Accident

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By   7 months ago

Knowing what to do in a car accident can help reduce injuries, save lives, and ultimately simplify the claims process.

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