Online onboarding: What HR should look for

Posted by Alex Tolbert on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 06:06

How HR can improve the onboarding experience and improve retention

This column was originally published in HR Technologist.

A new study released by software company Digitate found that employees who had a negative onboarding experience were twice as likely to look for new opportunities in the near future. With the hiring market in the hands of applicants, many organizations are focusing on making improvements to their recruitment and retention strategies. 

One way to improve the new hire experience and retention is to use an online onboarding system, which reduces the administrative burden of bringing on a new employee.

But how should HR leaders think about comparing the different onboarding solutions? Here are some of the things you should look for when evaluating a system.

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Tags: BerniePortal, broker, onboarding

Effective date for FMLA forms extended for employers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 08:06

Implement new FMLA forms

Employers now have until June 30, 2018 to implement the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms.

If your organization has not updated its forms with the new versions or where not aware of the change, the deadline has been extended through June 30.

What are these forms? The Department of Labor is required to submit FMLA forms to the Office of Management and Budget for approval every three years. The current forms were set to expire May 31, 2018. No other changes have been made to these notices, aside from the effective date.

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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

Top 5 most attractive employee benefits

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 09:06

Workers prefer benefits

Over the past decade, power within the job market has shifted from employers to candidates. This change in the recruitment ecosystem has led employers to take a deeper look at the benefits available to employees. Rather than simply offering increased wages, employers are increasingly offering unique benefit packages that reflect company culture and employee preferences.

Here are the 5 most attractive employee benefits according to Harvard Business Review: 

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, BerniePortal, aca compliance, benefits technology, employer mandate

Thousands of employers to receive ACA penalty notices

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jun 01, 2018 @ 08:06

Address compliance with a benefits platform

The New York Times reports the IRS is sending penalty notices to 30,000 organizations in violation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

This news illustrates the importance of remaining compliant with the ACA, especially in light of changes to the law from the Trump administration.

There have been some changes to the ACA, including the repeal of the individual mandate penalty beginning in 2019 and the expansion of short-term and association health plans, among other changes.

However, the repeal did not impact the employer mandate, which requires groups with more than 50 full-time employers to provide health coverage, nor did it impact reporting requirements associated with the mandate.

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Tags: Affordable Care Act, BerniePortal, aca compliance, benefits technology, employer mandate

Hiring Millennials? Why changing workforce trends are driving adoption of benefits tech

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 10:05

Half of employers plan to increase spending on benefits tech in the next three years

According to a new study from Guardian, employers are increasing their spending and adoption of benefits-related technology, largely driven by Millennials.

Guardian’s Workplace Benefits Study found most employers have increased their spending on benefits tech in the last five years, and half of employers surveyed plan to make further increases over the next three years.

These increases are driven largely by Millennials, who continue to comprise larger shares of the workforce. With unemployment low, employers are competing for Millennial talent and turning an eye to their recruitment, retention and engagement strategies.

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Tags: BerniePortal, millennials, benefits technology

Need applicant tracking? Try BerniePortal Jobs

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 06:04

Launching BerniePortal's applicant tracking system

Bernard Health clients have access to BerniePortal, an industry-leading benefits and HR platform that makes it easy to manage both the transactional challenges of HR and the strategic challenges of healthcare for small and mid-sized employers.

BerniePortal recently launched BerniePortal Jobs, an applicant tracking system that allows small and mid-sized employers to attract candidates, manage applicants, make offers and onboard new hires with best-in-class software.

While BerniePortal Jobs has a wide range of capabilities, its basic functions include job post creation, job post sharing, collaborative candidate review, applicant communication, and job offering tools.

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Tags: BerniePortal, onboarding, employer digest, bernieportal jobs, applicant tracking

Bernard Health is hiring!

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 08:03

Open positions in Nashville, TN, Austin, TX and Campbellsville, KY

We’re growing quickly and hiring 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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Tags: BerniePortal, Bernard Health, hiring, recruitment

How to successfully bring on a new hire

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 07:03

Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR

According to the Society for Human Resources, onboarding a new hire represents a significant financial and administrative burden. In a new survey, SHRM reported that the average cost-per-hire is $4,129 and the average time to fill a position is 42 days.

Because bringing on a new hire represents such an undertaking for most organizations, prioritizing effective onboarding to improve retention is a key goal for many HR departments in 2018.

However, there is significant opportunity for organizations to refocus onboarding to emphasize high-impact training and development activities, rather than administrative tasks and new-hire paperwork, resulting in improved onboarding and retention.

Bernard Health provides a solution to onboarding challenges in two ways—BerniePortal and BernieHR—which allows HR to become more strategic and valuable. To learn more, download our e-book, “Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR,” or read on.

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

Higher employer healthcare costs driven by price increases

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 @ 07:02

Costs rising while utilization is unchanged

Spending per privately insured person grew by 4.6 percent in 2016, driven by price increases for care, according to a new report by the Health Cost Institute.

The report found that utilization remained unchanged or actually declined, both year over year as well as between 2012 and 2016.

Because utilization was unchanged, the spending growth was driven almost entirely by price increases, the report said.

This presents both a challenge and opportunity to employers. It does raise questions around the efficacy of cost-containment efforts focused on utilization, including wellness programs and shifting additional cost responsibility to employees.

However, it does suggest that efforts focused on improving price transparency and helping consumers find lower-cost sites of care may be more effective in bending the cost curve.

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Tags: BerniePortal, employers, health insurance small employers, employer digest, benefits administration, employee benefit adviser, health insurance costs, HR tech

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

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