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GAINING A COMPETITIVE EDGE IN A JOB SEEKER’S MARKET

Posted on February 13, 2018 | Blog

BY KELLY MANNING | Benefits & HR Advisor   Across the nation, unemployment is at an over 15-year low. In Indiana specifically, unemployment is 3%. We are currently in a job seeker’s market. With increased opportunity and available jobs, job seekers can be far more selective when choosing a place of employment than ever before….
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INTRODUCING RYAN SPENCER

Posted on February 9, 2018 | News to Know

In his role as an Account Executive at Conner Insurance, Ryan Spencer combines his analytical, driven style and his experience in strategic account management to the benefit of his clients. For over a decade, Ryan has applied his strength in seeing details, gained from an engineering background, with his strong interpersonal and management skills in various Specialist and Account…
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IS IT “GROUNDHOG DAY” IN YOUR HEALTH PLAN?

Posted on January 30, 2018 | Blog

BY BEN CONNER   I feel like I am living the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray. In that movie, Bill Murray relives the exact same day, February 2nd, over and over again. It is literally the exact same day, same circumstances, same people, and same place. At first he finds comfort, predictability, and…
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INDIVIDUAL MANDATE PENALTY WILL BE ELIMINATED IN 2019

Posted on December 21, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   OVERVIEW On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump shortly. This tax reform bill makes significant changes to the federal…
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HOUSE AND SENATE PASS TAX REFORM BILL

Posted on December 21, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump shortly. This tax reform bill, drafted based on a tax reform plan…
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TOP 10 WAYS TO CONTROL YOUR MOD

Posted on December 8, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   Your experience modification factor, or mod, is an important component used in calculating your workers’ compensation premium. If you can control your mod, you can lower your price — so we’ve gathered top tips to help you impact your bottom line. Investigate accidents immediately and thoroughly; take corrective action to eliminate…
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WHAT HAPPENS IF AN EMPLOYEE MISSES OPEN ENROLLMENT?

Posted on December 8, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   Open enrollment can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for both you and your employees. It is typically the only time during the year in which employees can make changes to their benefits choices, such as adding or dropping coverage, adding or dropping dependents, or enrolling in benefits for the…
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DOL DELAYS NEW RULES FOR DISABILITY CLAIMS

Posted on December 8, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE   OVERVIEW On Dec. 16, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits and are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The final rule was scheduled to apply to claims that are filed on…
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IRS prepares to issue ACA employer responsibility penalties

Posted on December 6, 2017 | News to Know

BY STEPHANIE GRANT, NORBERT KUGELE, AND KENT SPARKS   At long last, it looks as though the IRS is finally gearing up to assess Affordable Care Act penalties based on 2015 employer responsibility reporting (1094-C and 1095-C forms). If your organization receives an assessment notice, you’ll want to scrutinize it carefully, as there may be…
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UPDATE: CVS buying Aetna for $67B, shaking up health care industry

Posted on December 6, 2017 | News to Know

BY BLOOMBERG NEWS   CVS Health Corp. plans to buy Aetna Inc. for about $67.5 billion, creating a health-care giant that will have a hand in everything from insurance to the corner drugstore. CVS will pay $207 a share for Aetna, with $145 a share in cash and the rest in stock, the companies said…
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Simple workplaces drive employee retention and productivity

Posted on December 6, 2017 | News to Know

BY BLOOMBERG NEWS   Oftentimes less is more — including in the workplace, according to Siegel+Gale’s study, “Simplicity at work.” “Simpler workplaces — those where employees easily get their work done and feel productive and fulfilled doing so — engender more advocacy, innovation and retention,” the brand strategy firm writes in its report. However, 30…
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IRS REVERSES POLICY ON CERTIFYING INDIVIDUAL MANDATE COMPLIANCE

Posted on October 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE OVERVIEW On Oct. 13, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reversed a recent policy change in how it monitors compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. For the upcoming 2018 filing season (filing 2017 tax returns): The IRS‎ will not accept electronically filed tax returns where the taxpayer does not certify…
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WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES ACA SUBSIDIES WILL END

Posted on October 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE OVERVIEW On Oct. 12, 2017, the White House announced that it will no longer reimburse insurers for cost-sharing reductions made available to low-income individuals through the Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), effective immediately. Because Congress did not pass an appropriation for this expense, the Trump administration has taken the position that…
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Few employees ‘unplugging’ on vacation

Posted on October 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT   Vacation is supposed to be about leaving the cares of office behind so that one can replenish one’s spirit – but millions of Americans just can’t stop from staying plugged in, according to Project: Time Off’s report, The Tethered Vacation. “Technology has permanently changed the American workplace — and there is no turning back,” the…
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Trump moving ‘step by step’ to take apart Obamacare on his own

Posted on October 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY BLOOMBERG NEWS   President Donald Trump said he is moving “step by step” on his own to remake the U.S. health care system because Congress won’t act on his demand to repeal Obamacare. The Trump administration took its most drastic measure yet to roll back the Affordable Care Act Thursday evening, announcing it would cut…
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