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September 29, 2016

3 Tips for Open Enrollment Success

My “normal” duties at Zenefits is to be a Senior Benefits Advisor and to write the “Ask Bud” column. This week I am proud to say I hosted my first ever webinar for Zenefits. It was exciting to connect with many of you in real time, and I was pleased to hear your topical questions. […]


September 26, 2016

Is My Small Business Ready to Provide Benefits?

Hi, my name is Darin Winter, and I’m a Small Business HR and Benefits Advisor at Zenefits. For the better part of two years, I have been writing insurance plans for over 250 small businesses to get their companies set up with the best benefits for their organization. From experience, I know that embarking on […]


September 26, 2016

An Open Letter to the Six Million Small Business Owners in America

My primary purpose in sharing what I’m about to write is to offer some free unsolicited advice that should help you manage and run your small business more efficiently and profitably, but more than anything else give you back hours of your life spent on mundane, and not to mention boring, repetitive tasks. Like you, […]


September 23, 2016

Are Prescription Sunglasses an Eligible FSA, HSA, or HRA expense?

Short Answer Yes, as long as the sunglasses have prescription lenses and were not bought over the counter. Relevant Federal Regulations Generally, eligible medical expenses include all services and supplies for the employee (or plan member) and their eligible dependents that are used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. To be sure, check […]


September 22, 2016

Is there a Maximum Amount of Overtime My Employees Can Work in a Week?

As long as you compensate properly and grant the required breaks, there aren’t any federal limitations on how much overtime your employees can work. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) doesn’t place a limit on how much time an employee can work, so, in most states, the number of hours employees can work in a […]

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September 19, 2016

Medical Loss Rebate (MLR) Update and What It Means for You

Dear Readers, I just received update that United Healthcare has begun mailing Medical Loss Rebate (MLR) checks to their large and small group health insurance plan sponsors. The notice indicated they would be mailing checks out over the next few weeks along with all the other health insurers. These checks are for calendar year 2015 […]

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