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A few weeks ago, Sun Life (SLF) announced that they acquired Maxwell Health.  Since then, there have been several articles written which provide varying viewpoints of the deal – from celebration to scratching of heads.  From our perspective, we believe that this marriage has established a new paradigm for the industry and there will soon be a flurry of deals in the space as carriers begin looking to leverage technology in a bigger way and keep up with their competition.  It will be a game of musical chairs and carriers are going to be looking for an available chair on which to sit before
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With the 2017 ACA/1095 Filing season well in our review mirror and draft forms expected to be released in the June/July timeframe, now is the perfect time to assess where you are at with regards to your readiness for the 2018 filing season.  In this article we’ll take a look at lessons learned over the past year and offer up some thoughts on how to help you and your clients be fully prepared for the upcoming filing season.  One of the biggest hurdles that many companies had to overcome in 2017 was responding to IRS Letter 226J.  This was the IRS letter sent to employers which addresse
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Yesterday, it was announced that Zenefits has sold its book of insurance business to OneDigital in an effort to re-focus the fledgling start-up.  From our perspective, this is a positive move for our industry in that it validates our historical position that the sale and servicing of employee benefits is a complex and highly personalized business and must be handled by local resources with deep expertise and consulting abilities. We also believe it is positive for the industry in that it returns people to and keeps people in their traditional swim lanes – operating where they perform best -
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As I have referenced in past MJ Blog posts, you don’t have to look much further than the agenda of large, national HR conferences to understand what is on the minds of HR professionals.  The #1 topic these days is centered around talent – how to attract it, how to engage it, how to leverage it, how to retain it, how to manage it, how to reward it, etc.  Everyone is focused on trying to maximize their ability to attract and retain the top talent for their particular industry. One might think that addressing talent has long been a focus of HR professionals -- and it has been to some degree
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As someone who has spent the vast majority of a 25+ year career focused on technology and how it can improve the lives of HR and Benefits professionals, I couldn’t be happier to see an increased focus on technology within our industry.  Within the last week alone, the following headlines have popped up in my in-box from our friends at Employee Benefit Advisor:  Taking Action on HR Technology; The digital healthcare revolution is just beginning; and 7 up-and-coming trends in HR tech.  We are in a time of unprecedented growth of technology within our industry and yet, unfortunately, too ma
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