Employee Benefit Plans: Act Now to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises

by Elizabeth L. Foster-Nolan,

Wayne H. Miller and Barbara S. Sargent, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.

Employee benefits play a large role in the attraction and retention of an employers workforce, and family-owned businesses are no exception.  The end of the calendar year is usually a time when employers are providing their employees with benefit plan elections for the coming year.  While employees are reviewing their benefit choices, employers should use this time to review their benefit plans to ensure they are in compliance with the myriad of complex laws related to health and retirement plans.

Keeping up with the laws regarding benefits is not always an easy task.  Here are some important areas that may need your attention. More…

Small Business Health Insurance

 

Small Business Health Insurance

 
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Structuring Your First Benefits Plan

Health insurance is the second most-coveted fringe benefit in America today — behind only paid vacation.Yet only half of employers with fewer than 10 employees offer it, some because of the price tag.

Cost, of course, is a major consideration.But in today’s environment of managed care plans and increase cost-sharing with employees, it doesn’t have to be an overriding issue.

Structuring your benefits plan properly — with an eye on the quality and cost of care — can help you attract and retain qualified employees.

Where to Start

When considering your first benefits plan, begin by determining the needs of your employees.You may want to sit down with them to discuss options, making