New Texas Law Helps Protect Consumers from Surprise Medical Billing

Posted by Employer Flexible on June 17, 2020

Some Texans are receiving fewer surprise medical bills this year thanks to a new law that prevents the health care industry practice known as balance billing.

SB1264, which passed the Texas House of Representatives with a unanimous 146-0 vote and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, forces health care providers and insurance companies to work out emergency care bills in an arbitration process without sending consumers surprise medical bills.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

What are the New Elements of Pandemic Unemployment Benefits in Texas?

Posted by Employer Flexible on May 21, 2020

141,672 additional Texans filed for unemployment for the week ending May 9 bringing the total number of Lone Star state residents seeking relief benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began two months ago to a whopping 1.9 million people.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, COVID-19

How to Prepare Your Business for Flu Season

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 13, 2020

Flu season is here. Unfortunately, far too few businesses have invested heavily in combating the flu season as part of their risk management plans. One case of the flu where an employee comes to work while infected can spread through your entire staff like wildfire — eradicating productivity and making your office look like a ghost of Christmas past.

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Topics: Productivity, Employee Benefits

Set Goals, NOT Resolutions for Your Business

Posted by Employer Flexible on January 2, 2020

If you are a regular at your local gym, you'll know that January is the worst. Throngs of people either sign up or remember their forgotten membership as they vow to make this year the year they finally get in shape. Once you have lived through a few years of the January influx, you learn to grin and bear the New Year's Resolution crowd, knowing 80 percent of resolutions fail, most by mid-February. The question then becomes, why do we think resolutions for our businesses will be any different?

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Pending Recession? Invest in HR!

Posted by Employer Flexible on August 16, 2019

The natural response to a recession is to stop spending on human resources (HR) entirely. However, such a unilateral decision only harms your chances of weathering a downturn in the economy. A better approach is to understand your spending limitations and use the resources you do have to obtain the greatest benefit for your company. The strategy for investing in HR during a recession should include hiring, training and retention.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Benefits

Sick Pay Ordinance Coming to Dallas & San Antonio

Posted by Employer Flexible on June 27, 2019

Both Dallas and San Antonio recently passed city laws mandating paid sick leave. However, the status of these municipal ordinances remains unclear. Austin attempted to pass a similar sick pay ordinance in 2018 that was ultimately shot down.

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Topics: compliance, Employee Benefits

7 Benefits of a Wellness Program

Posted by Employer Flexible on April 8, 2019

Wellness programs have become increasingly popular. In the past, only a handful of large companies gave out employee perks such as gym memberships. Now, wellness programs have proliferated into companies of all sizes. In fact, it’s more common than not to find some kind of wellness program included as part of a company’s benefits package.

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Generation Z

Posted by Employer Flexible on December 13, 2018

It might seem far-fetched to think about children currently only eight years old entering the workforce, but those born in 2010 are at the tail end of Generation Z. This generation, which starts with those born in 1996, is made up of young Americans who have never known a time without cellphones or the Internet. Those at the younger end have never known a smartphone-free world. It is safe to say that this generation takes Wi-Fi for granted.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR, Employee Benefits

6 Big Advantages of Dependent Care FSA Accounts

Posted by Employer Flexible on September 13, 2018

There are many advantages of a dependent care flexible spending account (FSA) for working caregivers. If you have someone who resides in your home whom you are able to claim as a dependent on your tax return, you may be able to utilize the benefits of an FSA to save money. Here are six big advantages of operating an FSA through your employer.

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Why Should You Take Advantage of a Healthcare FSA?

Posted by Employer Flexible on July 12, 2018

The healthcare flexible savings account (FSA) is one of the most overlooked and advantageous tax havens and personal protections you can use. Whether you are gainfully employed under the safehaven of a huge company or taking on the world as a self employed entrepreneur, a healthcare FSA can help you tremendously.

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Topics: Employee Benefits