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By Danielle Capilla Chief Compliance Officer at United Benefit Advisors From 2013 to 2015, a series of Supreme Court cases and government updates have changed the landscape of the way employers must consider same-sex spouses in relation to employee benefits. Most recently, in June 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the […]


By Geoff Mukhtar Communications Manager at United Benefit Advisors Many employers have done an excellent job of integrating financial wellness programs with their employees in order for them to improve their overall financial well-being. However, the most significant progress appears to be when employees actually speak with a qualified human being rather than relying on […]


By Patty Tansang www.livestrong.com Overview A physical examination may be needed when you purchase a life insurance policy, especially for larger benefit amounts. Insurance underwriters use a multitude of factors to determine your risk of premature death, and hence, how much premium you will be charged. In addition to asking about your medical history (including […]


By Lisa Weston, Lisa Weston, CWC, CWPM Director of Wellbeing Program Management at BAGNALL A UBA Partner Firm The terms “wellness” and “well-being” are often used interchangeably; however, they mean very different things when applied to workplace health promotion. Traditionally speaking, employee “wellness” programs have primarily focused on just physical health. Whereas employee “well-being” programs […]


By Bill Olson Chief Marketing Officer at United Benefit Advisors Not many things incite more fear than receiving a notice that you’re about to have an audit, especially from the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance […]


By Bill Olson Chief Marketing Officer at United Benefit Advisors We recently highlighted the top five best and worst states for group health plan costs. See below for your state’s average monthly premiums and read our breaking news release with the cost findings by industry. To quickly benchmark your plan by industry, region, or employer […]


By Elizabeth Kay, Compliance & Retention Analyst AEIS Advisors A UBA Partner Firm I have worked with my fair share of companies, both large and small, from companies that are just starting out to those that have been well established for 30 or more years. It has been my experience that most companies, no matter […]


By Matt Weimer, Director of Strategic Solutions Diversified Insurance Solutions, Inc., a UBA Partner Firm Health insurance premium renewal rates increased an average of 6.2 percent for all plans in 2015, up from the previous year’s 5.6 percent increase, according to UBA’s Health Plan Survey. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, which account for […]


By Bill Olson Chief Marketing Officer at United Benefit Advisors Every workplace has its fair share of slackers and goof-offs, but it’s what an employer does with those employees that solidifies its corporate culture as one of high or low performance. Employers that ignore low-performing employees risk more than just productivity. In an article titled, […]


By Jennifer Kupper In-house Counsel & Compliance Officer for iaCONSULTING a UBA Partner Firm In the earlier days of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a common question among employers and benefit advisors was whether there would still be a need for COBRA, the Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. Many […]

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