What is the CHIP notice?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:02

Employers must notify workers of possible premium assistance

Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must provide annual notice of that assistance before the start of each plan year.

The notice explains how employees can find out if premium assistance is available, and how to apply for Medicare or CHIP coverage for dependents.

Here's what employers need to know.

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, CHIP, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR, CHIP notice

Small employers—don't miss these three HR deadlines

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:02

Get compliance peace of mind

Keeping track of the many regulatory guidelines and deadlines can be overwhelming for small to mid-sized employers. But overlooking even a small compliance item can lead to costly penalties for your organization.

Here are three upcoming can’t-miss HR deadlines.

Wondering if your company’s HR department is up to par? BernieHR provides on-demand HR consulting, allowing small organizations to focus on business growth and development while obtaining compliance peace of mind.

Three HR deadlines to watch:

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR

How small employers can improve HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 08:01

Two ways for small businesses to become more strategic

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

A recent study conducted by Paychex found that 20 percent of small employers have little to no confidence in their HR abilities, specifically in onboarding, employee classification and background checks.

Further, the report notes most small businesses lack the structure and technology to automate their current manual processes. Only 30 percent of small businesses use technology for onboarding, and 38 percent still track time and attendance manually.

With manual processes comes human error, which further adds to the low confidence levels experienced by most small businesses when it comes to HR. Further, uncertainty about whether these processes are conducted correctly can lead to costly penalties and fines.

Here are two ways small organizations can address these issues:

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

Five HR reminders to send employees before the end of the year

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 09:12

Reduce future headaches with these steps

As the end of the year approaches, it’s easy for many organizations to go into autopilot. But for HR departments, this is actually a key time to set your workplace up for success in 2018.

Sending these reminders to employees will reduce administrative headaches come January 1st, and will set everyone up for success in the new year. Software can make these steps even easier, and Bernard Health clients have access to BerniePortal, a leading benefits and HR platform.

Here are five HR reminders to be sure you send before employees take off for the holidays.

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Tags: HR, employer digest, BernieHR

How Bernard Health simplifies HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 09:09

Simplify HR administration with BernieHR and BerniePortal

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

Bernard Health solves HR challenges for clients through two integrated offerings—BerniePortal and BernieHR.

BerniePortal is our proprietary benefits and HR software platform. It makes handling HR functions like onboarding, offboarding, 1095-Cs, time & attendance and PTO a breeze.

BernieHR is on-demand, a la carte HR consulting for employers lacking a full-time HR presence. From policy and procedure development to compliance reporting and beyond, BernieHR provides experienced services to improve and streamline your organization’s HR.

Our clients have complimentary access to BerniePortal. To learn how Bernard Health can improve your HR and benefits plan, call us at 1-800-505-0750, or read on for available features. 

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

How do your employment policies and procedures measure up?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 07:09

Judge strikes down rule doubling overtime threshold

Do you have the right employment processes in place at your organization? Depending on your state, the size of your company and your industry, there are key HR policies to consider.

Policies and procedures are an integral part of a strong company culture. They help all team members get on the same page on expectations and standards, and in certain cases can protect you from liability.

To make sure your organization is up to date, regularlay review the following policies and procedures. Need help bringing your organization’s HR up to par? Click here to learn more about BernieHR, our on-demand HR service.

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Tags: HR, employer digest, BernieHR

Overtime rule officially blocked

Posted by Emily Kubis on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 07:09

Judge strikes down rule doubling overtime threshold

A federal judge in Texas has officially struck down the 2016 Department of Labor ruling that would have more than doubled the threshold for overtime pay in the U.S., after temporarily blocking the law last November.

The law would have forced employers to pay time-and-a-half for any hours over 40 per week worked by employees making less than $47,476. This ruling would have more than doubled the current overtime threshold of $23,660.

Employers can continue to follow existing overtime regulations, last updated in 2004.

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Tags: HR, overtime, employer digest, BernieHR

Pay data reporting rule suspended

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:09

Employers no longer required to submit pay information in EEO-1 reporting

New wage reporting rules have been suspended by the White House Office of Management and Budget, a relief for many employers gearing up for compliance with the new requirements.

The EEO-1 pay reporting requirements would have required employers with 100 or more employees to submit detailed W-2 pay data across a variety of wage ranges and other items including race, gender and ethnicity.

This is good news for employers who were planning to make costly changes to their HR technology and payroll software to collect and submit the required data points.

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Tags: HR, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR, employee handbook

Healthcare and Workforce Experts: Reduce Costs With Consumerism

Posted by Emily Kubis on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 09:08

"You have to bridge the communication gap and make this as easy as possible.”

Benefits brokerage Bernard Health hosted its 7th Annual Health Reform Luncheon Wednesday, bringing together a panel of local healthcare and workforce experts to discuss group plan sustainability, healthcare consumerism, and political uncertainty.

The panel, which comprised Nashville Health Care Council president Hayley Hovious, Healthcare Bluebook co-founder and SVP Bill K

ampine, BernieHR leader Rebekah Michel, and Farm Bureau Health Plans chief marketing officer Randy Wilmore, agreed that the state of health reform was likely to remain uncertain for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t know that you’re going to see a lot of movement,” Hovious said. “When I talk to employers, I’m not getting a sense that they think this is going to get worked out. In terms of planning, it’s likely that there will be more people off of the exchanges, which means more people back on your plan.”

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Tags: health insurance, health reform, employer health benefits, group benefits, healthcare costs, employer digest, BernieHR, Health Reform Luncheon, hayley hovious, bill kampine, randy wilmore, rebekah michel, luncheon

What employers need to know about ACA compliance

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 09:08

Repeal talk doesn’t minimize potential for penalties

Though the Senate has been unable to pass an Affordable Care Act repeal bill so far, many legislators say they are not giving up. An ACA repeal could loosen a number of regulations for employers, but organizations should not assume repeal is imminent.

While it is important to monitor Congress’ actions around repeal or deregulation, employers must remain critically aware that the ACA is in place, and carries stiff penalties for noncompliance. Keep an eye toward Washington, but focus on compliance today, because the possibility of repeal does not affect the penalties today.

Here’s how to stay ACA-compliant. Need help reviewing your organization’s compliance standards, or developing processes for managing them? BernieHR offers on-demand HR consulting and services. Click here to learn more.

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Tags: HR, compliance, employer digest, non-compliant, ACA-compliant, BernieHR

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