Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most important benefits an employer should offer?

As an employer, you should offer your employees a comprehensive benefits package that meets their needs and helps them achieve work-life balance. Here are some important benefits to consider offering: 1. Health insurance: Medical, dental, and vision plans are essential for most employees. 2. Retirement plans: Offering retirement plans such as 401(k) or IRA can help employees plan for their future and increase their job satisfaction. 3. Flexible spending accounts: Allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for specific expenses such as healthcare or dependent care. 4. Paid time off: Paid vacation, sick leave, and personal or holiday days are important for employee well-being and productivity. 5. Wellness programs: Offering wellness programs like gym memberships, nutrition coaching, or mental health support can improve employee health and reduce healthcare costs. 6. Parental leave: Providing paid maternity and paternity leave or flexible work arrangements can help retain valuable employees and improve work-life balance. 7. Educational opportunities: Offering educational opportunities such as tuition reimbursement or professional development training can foster employee growth and career advancement. Remember to regularly assess your benefits package to ensure you are meeting the needs of your employees and staying competitive in the job market.

When is open enrollment?

Open enrollment for group health insurance benefits, often happens from October through December, with your new coverage beginning on January 1st. There are exceptions and extensions, such as the January 15th extension, allowing coverage to begin on February 1st. Confirm with your company’s HR advisor for your companies’ schedule.

How do I enroll my employees in a group benefit plan?

Enrolling your employees in a group benefit plan typically starts with researching different group insurance plans available in your area and select a plan that best meets your employees’ needs and your budget. As a Preferred United Benefit Advisor, we have access to the top insurance companies in the world. 2. Communicate the plan to your employees: Provide your employees with information about the new group benefit plan. Educate them about the benefits, coverage, costs, and important deadlines. 3. Collect enrollment forms: Provide employees with enrollment forms for the new plan, we are happy to help you with the enrollment process. 4. Review and process the forms: Once employees submit their enrollment forms, review the information provided and enroll them in the chosen group benefit plan. 5. Confirm enrollment. Make sure to answer any questions or concerns they may have to ensure a smooth transition to their new insurance plan. It’s always a good idea to work with your insurance provider and benefits broker throughout the enrollment process to ensure compliance with regulations and to answer any questions or concerns that come up.

Am I required to provide my employees benefits?

It depends on various factors such as the size of your business, the state where your business operates, and the type of benefits you are referring to. However, some benefits may be required by law, such as providing worker’s compensation coverage or offering unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act requires some employers to provide health insurance to their employees or pay a penalty. To attract and retain quality employees, a benefits package needs to be a part of your business plan.

Who selects the health insurance plan, the employee, or the employer?

Both. Employers typically offer a selection of plans, and employees can choose the one that best meets their needs. The employer typically sets the contribution they will make for each plan, and the employee pays the difference if the cost of the plan they choose is higher. However, employers may also choose to limit the selection of plans they offer or choose a single plan for their employees.

Do I provide benefits to part time employees?

Though you are not required by law to offer health insurance or benefits to part time employees, it can be a competitive advantage to do so. Just make sure that it makes since to your businesses budget and ROI to do so.

What is the difference between an HRA, HRP, HSA and FSA?

Though similar there are differences. HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangement): An HRA is an employer-funded account used by employees to pay for eligible medical expenses. The employer sets up the account, determines the amount of the reimbursement, and specifies which expenses are eligible for reimbursement. HRP (Health Reimbursement Plan): A HRP is like an HRA, but it is typically used by self-employed individuals or small business owners. With a HRP, the individual sets up the account and funds it with pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical expenses. HSA (Health Savings Account): An HSA is a tax-advantaged savings account used to pay for eligible medical expenses. Funds in an HSA can be rolled over from year to year, and the account is owned by the employee. To qualify for an HSA, an employee must be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). FSA (Flexible Spending Account): An FSA is an employer-sponsored account used to pay for eligible medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. Employees can make contributions to the account up to a set limit and can use the funds to pay for qualifying medical expenses. Any unused funds at the end of the plan year are forfeited.

What benefits should I ask of my employer?

As an employee, there are several important benefits that you may consider asking your employer for, including health insurance and other wellness benefits: Medical, dental, and vision plans that provide coverage for you and your family. You may also want to consider a retirement savings plan such as 401(k) or other retirement benefits that can help you to save for the future. Paid time off, including vacation time, personal days, and sick leave so you can take care of your health and family. Flexible work arrangements, such as working from home, flexible hours, or part-time work, can provide you with work-life balance. Professional development, including opportunities for training, skill-development, and mentoring that can help you to grow in your career. Competitive Compensation including fair wages and salaries, bonuses and other benefits that can help to improve your financial stability. Overall, it is important to consider your personal needs and priorities when asking your employer for benefits.