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Best of the Blog, 2018 Edition.

Written by benefitexpress | December 30, 2018

At benefitexpress, we strive to bring the best of benefits administration services to our clients and partners every day. In the spirit of the season, we're rounding up the best blogs based on your feedback, sharing and visits as we wrap up 2018 and prepare to ring in 2019.

Read on for a digest of the top blog posts here at benefitexpress, covering topics as diverse as:

  • Employee education and decision support
  • Changes in Benefits Limits for 2019
  • Strategies for Post-Open Enrollment Success
  • Strengthening the Employee Benefits Experience
  • And a bonus topic...

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[Infographic] IRS Releases More 2019 Benefits Limits

Written by benefitexpress | November 30, 2018

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2018-57, which announced more than 40 tax provisions for 2019, including the tax rate schedule, and other tax changes.

There were also several increases to 2019 benefits limits. View our infographic below to help illustrate the news.

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Standing Ovation: Recognizing Exceptional Employees | Tasha Cubero

Written by benefitexpress | November 30, 2018

A Standing Ovation is a special reward program at benefitexpress that honors employees who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling our Community Pillars. Each quarter, nominations are tallied, read, and carefully considered before being awarded to two employees. We announce this recognition at our company “Town Hall” all-staff meetings where the final nominations are read aloud to highlight just how much the winners have done to deserve the award. Aside from the recognition, each winner also receives a check for $2,500.


Tasha Cubero, client services team lead, wins the second Standing Ovation award for the third quarter at benefitexpress.

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3 Benefits of Automating the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Written by benefitexpress | September 28, 2018

HR pros, if you follow our blog, you may already know that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a valuable employer incentive. As outlined by the United States Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA), it allows for an employer credit for hiring employees who may face barriers to employment. Compliance with the requirements to earn the incentive – up to $9,600 over one to two years – can be challenging; however, automation can make it easy.

Keep reading to see how automation can help solve the most common WOTC challenges and improve the overall application process for your organization.

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Standing Ovation: Recognizing Exceptional Employees | Alyssa Newswanger

Written by benefitexpress | September 27, 2018

A Standing Ovation is a special reward program at benefitexpress that honors employees who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling our Community Pillars. Each quarter, nominations are tallied, read, and carefully considered before being awarded to two employees. We announce this recognition at our company “Town Hall” all-staff meetings where the final nominations are read aloud to highlight just how much the winners have done to deserve the award. Aside from the recognition, each winner also receives a check for $2,500.

Alyssa Newswanger, in-house staff counsel, wins the first Standing Ovation award for the third quarter at benefitexpress. The award is gathered from the positive feedback given directly from company employees through the “Cheers for Peers” program.

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benefitexpress Releases Best Practices for an Effective Open Enrollment Communication Strategy

Written by benefitexpress | September 27, 2018

benefitexpress, the leading provider of cloud-based technology solutions and services for employee benefits administration, releases best practices for an effective enrollment communication strategy ahead of open enrollment planning season. As featured in benefitexpress’ Annual Enrollment Survival Guide, these practical ideas and tips are designed to assist benefits professionals in human resources roles with a successful open enrollment season.

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[Infographic] 8 Ways to Communicate With Employees During a Crisis

Written by benefitexpress | September 14, 2018

When hurricanes make landfall, many HR pros move into emergency communications mode. With this in mind, we are offering several helpful resources for crisis communications to employees.

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Why Benefits Administration Outsourcing Is the New Norm

Written by benefitexpress | August 20, 2018

For HR professionals and advisers alike, finding the best way to provide employees with the smoothest, easiest benefits experience is a goal that can often be difficult to accomplish.

From managing costs and administrative demands, to maintaining compliance, HR teams have a lot on their plate - and enhancing the benefits enrollment experience does not always make the top of the priority list. 

These growing demands are not new, but play a big role in the reason why many employers have begun outsourcing benefits administration for their organization. Keep reading to learn more!

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The Millennial Spectrum: What You Should Know Before Creating a Benefits Program

Written by benefitexpress | August 17, 2018

Today, millennials are the largest generation in the United States workplace – and while this lively group share many unifying attributes, what makes this generation complex is that the needs of the older and younger millennials can vary so greatly.

Continue reading to see what this means for employers and advisers alike, and why you should care.

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How to Empower Employees to Make Better Benefits Decisions

Written by benefitexpress | August 15, 2018

HR professionals have long relied on technology and tools to aid employees in their health benefit decisions. While rules-based calculators that help categorize health status are a good start, strategies must evolve to give a holistic look at risk. It’s no longer enough to educate employees on the offerings and features of various plans.

So, how do you educate and guide employees to make the best decisions for their unique life situations? Continue reading to learn more!

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