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Fair Labor Standards Act Overtime Rule Overturned

By Natalie Withers  

This time last year, employers were making plans to implement the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Overtime rule . However, days before the effective date, a United States District Court judge in Texas granted an emergency motion for preliminary injunction, essentially maintaining the status quo until the court could determine the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) authority to almost double the salary threshold.

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Communicate Benefits Effectively During Enrollment and Improve Employee Engagement

By Susan Heard, SPHR  

Because of the nature of employee benefits management, open enrollment (OE) communication generally focuses on benefits changes and instructions for completing enrollment, that is, the tactical versus the strategic. Often development of OE communication follows what can be a protracted renewal process and must be accomplished in a compressed timeframe during the busiest time of the year for many employers. Breaking free from this cycle to move toward a strategic approach to benefits communications takes time and needs to be considered well before the intensity of OE is underway.

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Seven Tips for Modeling Positive Change Adaptation Behaviors

By Kellie Conn, SPHR  

We’re all familiar with the adage “fake it ’til you make it,” right? Sometimes we want to pull our hair out or hide behind a closed office door when change is happening – especially change that we don’t necessarily agree with. As a valued team member, modeling what easy adaptation to change looks like (even if we don’t particularly feel that way at the moment) can help us ease into a new perspective on the change. As a manager or leader, modeling positive behaviors for team members may help them cope more effectively with whatever the new “thing” is that’s potentially causing the disruption.

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Best Practices for a Compliant Open Enrollment

By Natalie Withers  

As open enrollment season ramps up, it’s easy to get bogged down by renewal decisions, enrollment logistics and employee communications in our quest for a smooth enrollment. But don’t forget the steps you need to take to also have a compliant open enrollment. Failure to meet annual compliance requirements can negatively affect your bottom line and cause stress down the road. Follow these three tips to ensure you check all the compliance boxes for your 2018 open enrollment:

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4 Communication Tips for a Smoother Open Enrollment

By Heather Eshaghpour  

Autumn is the busiest time of year for many of us in the benefits realm. It may be football season, but for most of us, it is also time to tackle open enrollment. Taking steps to make the open enrollment process easier and less stressful for employees can result in a smoother open enrollment season. Here are four tips from four of our Employee Benefits experts.

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Cost Containment Strategy #1: 5 Steps to Building a Reference-Based Pricing Plan

By Ken Liberatore  

Reference-based pricing is a cost-containment program that has been used in specific pockets of the country for many years, and it is finally gaining traction in Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas. Reference-based pricing uses a standard pricing schedule, such as Medicare, as the basis of reimbursement to a health care provider for a specific service or bundle of services. Within this system, the standard reimbursement level is applied to medical services with the goal of providing self-funded employers control over their claims cost.

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Paradigm Group Named Third Time Top Workplace by The Tennessean

By Alyssa Curran  

The Tennessean has recognized Paradigm Group as one of the top ten 2017 Top Workplaces in the small business category. For the third year in a row, Paradigm Group was honored alongside Tennessee-based employers at a well-attended reception on Thursday, June 22. Several members of the Paradigm Group team attended the reception, including principals Edward Rittenberg and Bob Dugan, and employer advisor Mason Shank.

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Senate Republicans Release Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal and Replace Proposal

By Natalie Withers  

With a possible vote next week, Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Thursday, June 22, 2017. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is to release its analysis of the 142-page bill, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, on Monday. You are probably wondering how this bill differs from the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that Republicans in the House passed in May.

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