5 factors that affect employee retention

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Mar 20, 2018 7:15:00 AM

Decreasing retention rates

As Millennials rise the ranks in the workforce, employee expectations for employment have taken a shift—particularly in the case of company loyalty. In fact, the Gallup 2017 State of the American Workplace indicates:  “51% of employees are looking for a new job or watching for openings.”

For employers, employee turnover is costly. Increase company loyalty and reduce turnover by addressing these 5 employee retention factors:


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Tags: BerniePortal, hr software, small to mid-sized employers, turnover, employee retention

BerniePortal is hiring!

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 19, 2018 8:48:42 AM

Positions open in Nashville, TN

We’re growing quickly here at Bernard Health and BerniePortal, and we’re looking for highly motivated individuals to join our team.

Positions are open at our Nashville, Tennessee headquarters, as well as in Austin, Texas and Campbellsville, Kentucky. If you’re looking for a great job in the healthcare, benefits and software industries, keep reading.

First, who are we?

Bernard Health and BerniePortal

Bernard Health provides industry-leading health benefits advice to employers and individuals in Nashville, Austin, Atlanta and Indianapolis, and through provider and financial advisor partners around the country. Our mission is to be the world’s most trusted advisor when it comes to helping people plan for their healthcare.

A key part of that is our sister company, BerniePortal, an all-in-one HR and benefits administration software platform. We license BerniePortal to brokers all across the country who use it to help their own clients maximize value in their health and benefits packages.

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How would AHPs affect the small group market?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 16, 2018 9:44:54 AM

New report estimates impact

A new report by Avalere projected that 1.7 million to 3.2 million people could switch out of the small group market and into Association Health Plans if proposed rules to expand these programs are implemented.

The Trump administration has proposed expanding access and increasing regulatory flexibility for AHPs, could allow a larger number of plans to be exempt from certain ACA requirements.

As a result, the report found premiums on the small group side could increase slightly, from 0.1 percent to 1.9 percent.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, obamacare, aca, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, association health plans

Getting started with BerniePortal

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Mar 15, 2018 7:15:00 AM

I've purchased BerniePortal...now what?

You've taken the plunge and are now offically using BerniePortal benefits administration software. Now it's time to get BerniePortal up and running for your agency.

Here are the answers to common questions you might have when getting started with BerniePortal



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Tags: Online Benefits Administration, FAQs, client success, bernieportal support

On healthcare, first Amazon, now Apple?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 14, 2018 9:09:28 AM

Large employers look to gain better control over healthcare costs

A sleek new website came online recently for a new “concierge-like healthcare experience” launching this spring. Sounds pretty standard, except it’s exclusively for Apple employees and their dependents.

While onsite health clinics are nothing new, the launch of Apple’s “AC Wellness” does seem timely. Just a few weeks ago another big tech company that shapes our daily lives—Amazon—announced its foray into healthcare. Amazon, in a joint partnership with JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway, announced its plans to lower healthcare costs for employees and dependents of the three large companies.

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Tags: aca, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, hr software, benefits administration, benefits software, amazon, apple

What is HRIS?

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Mar 13, 2018 7:15:00 AM


All-in-one HR solution

If you're an administrator, you've probably encountered the term, "HRIS." What is HRIS and why do I need to care?

A Human Resources Information System (HRIS), is an online solution that automatically compiles employee data from mutliple systems in real time. 

The purpose of HRIS is to streamline transactional tasks in order to provide administrators extra time for specialized responsibilities.


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Tags: BerniePortal, Online Benefits Administration, hr software, HRIS

Tax bill reduces HSA contribution limits

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 12, 2018 9:01:40 AM

Remind employees to adjust contributions

The IRS published information this week describing changes to the contribution limits for family health savings accounts due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The new limit will not affect individual consumers with self-only coverage, but the HSA contribution limit for family coverage has been reduced to $6,850 from $6,900.

What does this mean for employers and employees?

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Tags: HSA, HSA Bank, Online Benefits Administration, broker software, health insurance brokers, hr software

UnitedHealthcare to share drug rebates with consumers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mar 9, 2018 8:49:25 AM

Industry responds to growing consumer frustration

UnitedHealthcare announced this week it will begin sharing the rebates it receives from drug companies with consumers next year.

According to UnitedHealthcare, the savings will apply to plan participants who are filling a prescription for a drug where the manufacturer provides a rebate. The savings from rebates will be provided at the time of sale to reduce members’ out-of-pocket costs.

Currently, UnitedHealthcare keeps those rebates, using them to “keep premiums lower for the benefit of all member and customers,” rather than distributed to individual consumers.

Manufacturers do not provide rebates for every drug, but for those that do, the expanded pharmacy discounts will begin for UnitedHealthcare plan members January 1, 2019.

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Tags: broker software, health reform, health insurance brokers, UnitedHealthcare, drug prices, drug rebates

What is time theft?

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Mar 8, 2018 7:15:00 AM


What is time theft? Time theft is a workplace infraction that occurs when employees log more work hours than worked.

This added time is considered ‘theft’ because it allows employees to receive more compensation than earned. Cumulatively, time theft impacts a significant amount of an employer’s annual payroll. In fact, the American Payroll Association, reports that the average company can attribute 1-8% of payroll costs to time theft.


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Tags: BerniePortal, hr software, Time & Attendance, small to mid-sized employers, time theft

Two opportunities created by association health plans

Posted by Alex Tolbert on Mar 7, 2018 7:53:20 AM

Check out this column in BenefitsPro:

The new regulations around association health plans (AHPs) — which loosen restrictions for small businesses, franchises and associations — create two distinct opportunities in the benefits industry.

The first is for brokers, who will be crucial advisors to employers eligible for the new coverage options now available.

The second opportunity is for benefits and HR tech vendors, who will be instrumental in managing the transactional and administrative challenges that would otherwise hinder AHP success.

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Tags: broker software, health insurance brokers, HR, hr software, broker, online benefit administation, benefitspro, association health plans, AHPs

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