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Controlling Workers’ Comp Costs—and Your Bottom Line

Posted on July 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     Workers’ compensation costs can make or break your bottom line. But control over these costs is more attainable than you may think if you understand your experience modification factor and its effect on your insurance premium.   Use Your Mod Factor The key to controlling your workers’ compensation costs is understanding…
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Supreme Court Rules Church-affiliated Plans are Exempt from ERISA

Posted on July 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     OVERVIEW On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision holding that an employee benefit plan may be exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as a “church plan” even if a church did not establish it. The court held that the ERISA exemption for church plans…
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DOL Withdraws Worker Classification Guidance

Posted on July 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     OVERVIEW On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew a 2015 administrative interpretation on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors. The withdrawal became effective immediately. Despite the withdrawal of this guidance, employers are still required to properly classify their workers. The DOL stated that it “will continue…
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Affordability Percentages will decrease for 2018

Posted on July 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     OVERVIEW On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2018 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2018, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s…
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Common Exposures of Ride-sharing Apps

Posted on July 26, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     Ever since the first ride-sharing app debuted in 2011, they’ve experienced exponential growth in usage. In fact, in the cities where such apps have joined the market, taxi ridership has declined anywhere from 10 to 30 percent. However, while the popularity of ride-sharing apps is increasing, so is the host of…
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Designing a Benefit Plan for Your Company And Your Employees

Posted on July 20, 2017 | Blog

BY KELLY MANNING | Benefits & HR Advisor     As an experienced HR professional, I’ve learned that in the course of consistent self-improvement, as well as recruitment and retention of talent, the right benefits plan is one of the most important factors for any company. At its core, the function of a benefits plan…
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New Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect for HSAs

Posted on July 18, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     OVERVIEW In April 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that expands who is considered a “fiduciary” when providing investment advice to retirement plans and their participants. The final rule’s guidance also applies to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs). After being delayed, the final…
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The Guiding Principles of HR

Posted on July 13, 2017 | Blog

BY KELLY MANNING | Benefits & HR Advisor     At its core, human resources is the art of implementing employer vision on an internal scale. Through working in tandem with leadership and employees, professionals in the HR industry are able to take steps to ensure both that the company is set up for workforce…
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Crafting a Wellness-Oriented Culture

Posted on July 5, 2017 | Blog

  At Conner Insurance, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits of employee well-being programs and a positive focus on fostering a unique company culture. Businesses are elevated by the success of their employees, and we’ve observed that culture and health both carry the building blocks for increased efficiency and satisfaction alike. We’ve directed our wellness philosophy…
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Take control of your insurance this wedding season

Posted on June 22, 2017 | Blog

BY ASHLEY VIRDEN | Personal Lines Advisor     It’s warm outside, RSVPs have been flying, and couples across America are finally getting ready to tie the knot! As a Personal Lines Advisor with Conner Insurance, I’ve been able to help many couples with their insurance coverage during that transition. I’ve learned that when couples…
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Stay secured for your summer of fun!

Posted on June 22, 2017 | Blog

BY ASHLEY VIRDEN | Personal Lines Advisor     Summer is the season for trips, relaxation and fun for individuals from all walks of life. Whether a day out on the lake, driving in the country or having guests over to enjoy your pool, thousands of Hoosiers will be getting outside of the house and…
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Meet the Personal Lines Team

Posted on June 1, 2017 | Blog

      FINDING THE RIGHT COVERAGE, AND THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP, WITH YOUR BROKER Many of the personal clients we work with understand that having insurance is important, but they may not be acquainted with the full picture of what their insurance options are. Providing yourself with an adequate blanket of protection from life’s unfortunate…
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Creating a Strong Safety Culture

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), developing a strong safety culture has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any workplace practice. This is why developing a safety culture should be a top priority for the managers and supervisors at your organization.   Safety Culture A safety…
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Market Stabilization Final Rule Issued

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY CONNER INSURANCE     On April 14, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a market stabilization final rule under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The final rule includes new reforms intended to help lower premiums, stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and increase choices for the 2018 plan…
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Notice of Change to Out-of-Network Payment Hierarchy for Fully Insured Groups

Posted on May 15, 2017 | News to Know

BY UNITED HEALTHCARE     Beginning July 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will discontinue shared savings programs with vendors such as MultiPlan® and First Health® throughout Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming for our new and renewing fully insured membership. We will defer to the extended and maximum non-network reimbursement programs to process non-network claims.   What this…
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