Entries by Daniel Rodriguez

Gen Z is Coming: Are You Prepared?

Soon, Generation Z—those born between 1996 and 2010—will be entering the workforce. Is your company somewhere they can thrive? Is it somewhere they would even want to work? If you want to attract this budding workforce, you need to understand Gen Zers’ motivations. For instance, Gen Zers have never known a life without technology. This […]

Making Emotional Intelligence Work for You

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand and manage your emotions, as well as others’. It’s similar to empathy, but the ability to manage the emotions effectively is key. Many businesses are flocking to high-EQ individuals for their attractive leadership style. Leaders with high EQ are able to communicate their feelings effectively, look at […]

2020 Updated HSA and HDHP Limits

On May 28, 2019, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 to announce the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2020. These limits include: The maximum HSA contribution limit The minimum deductible amount for HDHPs The maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs These limits vary based on whether […]

Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would be applicable for the 2020 benefit year. Standards included in the rule relate to: Annual limitations on cost sharing […]

Wellness: How to Fuel a Workout

You have to put gas in your car to make it go, right? The same concept can be applied to your body and working out. You can’t expect your body to get you through a workout if it’s not properly fueled. Here’s what you should be eating before, during and after a workout for optimal […]

Department of Labor Enforcement Actions Rise

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said he “fully expects” Department of Labor enforcements to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s comments are consistent with the significant rise in enforcement actions employers have seen in recent years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions In the 2016 fiscal year, OSHA conducted 31,948 inspections, and the EBSA […]

Vote on Health Care Won’t Come Until After 2020 Elections

President Donald Trump stated in a series of recent tweets that a vote on a Republican Party (GOP) replacement health care plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) won’t take place until after the 2020 elections. GOP’s Health Care Plan President Trump’s tweets stated that the ACA’s deductibles and premiums are “far too high” and […]

DOJ Supports Federal Court Ruling Invalidating the ACA

On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. Azar that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. In response, on March 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a letter with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreeing […]

EEO-1 Filing Deadline Has Been Extended!

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the deadline for employers to submit EEO-1 Reports for 2018. The reports are now due by May 31, 2019. What is the EEO-1 Report? The EEO-1 Report is a federally mandated survey that collects workforce data from employers. The data is categorized by race, ethnicity, sex and […]

The Key to Employee Engagement

According to a Gallup poll, 70 percent of U.S. workers aren’t engaged at work. This statistic should alarm employers across the country, as low engagement means employees are not committed to their own success in the workplace, let alone the organization’s. Investing in employee engagement might seem unjustifiable for a business that is focused solely […]

8 Ways to Better Time Management

Feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? It might sound strange, but you might want to slow your pace. When we try to operate at warp speed, we sometimes make more mistakes and often feel more stress. Check out these tips to make the most of your time without pushing yourself too hard. […]