An employee experienced a qualifying life change but did not notify us until the day after the required 30-day notification period had passed. Can we still allow this employee to make a change to their benefit elections based on the qualifying event? There would be significant risk in allowing this employee to make a change… Continue reading Can we let an employee change their benefits outside the 30 day window?
You can expect great service from great people who are committed to customer experience and high performance when you work with Austin & Co. We are pleased that Austin & Co., Inc. has retained its Best Practices Agency status for 2019.
If you’re buying a pair of headphones or a TV, you probably search to find the retailer with the lowest price so you know where to go to get the best deal. Price comparison shopping is something you already do—so why not do it with the health care services you need? Unless you’re in an… Continue reading Shop Around for Health Care
Keeping your health care costs in check could be as simple as making the right choice when you need medical care. When you have an illness or suffer an injury, you understandably want to feel better fast, but making the wrong choice about where to receive care can cost you. The average outpatient emergency room… Continue reading Know Where to Go for Your Health Care
Have you ever wondered how your doctor or health care provider compares to others in your area? The quality and cost of care can vary greatly between facilities and providers. That means that, even if you love your doctor, it might be in your best interest to evaluate their cost and quality rankings to see… Continue reading Evaluate the Quality and Cost of Your Health Care
Both NY State and NY City have announced regulations prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. Each require a policy and annual training. NY State’s first sexual harassment training deadline for employees and supervisors is October 9, 2019. Therefore, NY employers should complete training before this date to remain in compliance with both city and state… Continue reading DON’T FORGET: New York Sexual Harassment Training Due Oct. 9th
New York continues to expand the legislation related to anti-discrimination. Increased Protections Related to Sexual Harassment Policy and Training: Effective August 12, 2019 every applicable NY employer must provide employees with the employer’s written sexual harassment prevention policy upon hire and at every annual sexual harassment training. The policy must be provided in English and… Continue reading NYS Expands Anti-discrimination Legislation
On July 12, Governor Cuomo signed a bill amending the New York Human Rights Law that takes effective immediately. Similar to the recent NY City and California laws, the amendment prohibits employment discrimination based on “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” Protective hairstyles includes, but is… Continue reading NYS Bans Discrimination Against Natural Hair
Deerfield, IL (July 11, 2019) – Austin & Co., Inc., (Austin & Co.), announced that they have joined Alera Group, a leading national insurance firm, effective July 1, 2019. The acquisition enhances Austin & Co.’s employee benefits and property & casualty expertise, giving them further resources to serve the local community. Terms of the transaction… Continue reading Austin & Co. Joins Alera Group, Inc.
On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury released an advance copy of a Final Rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). It will be published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2019. The rule expands the types of HRAs that can be offered starting in 2020. Background… Continue reading Two New Types of HRAs Coming for 2020