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January 11, 2017
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After health insurance, what’s the second most important fringe benefit to provide your employees?

As everyone will agree, health insurance in today’s world is a necessity. But, after health insurance, what follows for the next most important benefit?  Some would argue dental, others life and a variety of other must haves. In my opinion, from both an employee and employer perspective, disability Insurance is the one benefit that guarantees […]

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January 6, 2017
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HRA: A forgotten tool in reducing small business healthcare costs?

Every once in awhile I get a question from an employer about HRAs, or Health Reimbursement Arrangements. What are they? How do they work? Is this something I can use to reduce my healthcare costs? If you’re running a small business or strategizing how to keep healthcare costs in check, continue reading to discover how you […]

Ask Bud: Zenefits Benefits Advisor

December 12, 2016
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2017 Healthcare Updates: What Can We Expect?

Regardless of your political affiliation, the new year promises to bring us a plethora of changes to the healthcare marketplace. Let’s take a look at some of those opportunities and join the speculation that is rampant in all forms of journalistic endeavor. First, let’s address the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

Ask Bud FSA Renew

December 2, 2016
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All I Want for Christmas is my FSA account Renewed!

My friends, we are always kids at heart when we think about Christmas and all the wonders it beholds. Not the least of which are the gifts we imagine and think we can’t live without. For many employees, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is one of those gifts. With a FSA, employees are able to […]

Ask Bud: Zenefits Benefits Advisor

October 10, 2016
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A Most Exciting Event: To Z2 and Beyond

Much of my career of over 35 years has been spent hoping someone would fix the time consuming, boring, info gathering and record keeping process associated with delivering insurance to my clients and their employees. One of the things that’s so exciting about working at Zenefits is that I’m able to see forward progress toward […]

September 15, 2016
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Join Us Live! Ask a Benefits Expert: Open Enrollment 101

Hi, my name is Bud Bowlin. I write the Ask Bud column, which is part of the ZenFive series of informative weekly newsletters from Zenefits. One of the most stressful times for the company HR person is the period leading up to Open Enrollment.  What exactly is Open Enrollment? It’s the critical period spent preparing, […]

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