The Unexpected Consequences of Covid-19

The Unexpected Consequences of Covid-19

Healthcare in the Spotlight The pandemic has brought common healthcare plan issues into the spotlight. Inadvertently, it has created an opportunity for forward thinking employers to reevaluate their plan design and improve things like the absence of mental health support, ‘ineffective deductibles’, limited employee choices or a ‘lack of transparency that leads to waste.’ Allowing…

Controlling Healthcare Costs

Controlling Healthcare Costs

The Balancing Act Finding the right balance between health benefits and cost management is difficult for many Washington State employers, especially now. Without sacrificing quality, matching the best group health plan with the needs of their employees and their families while navigating new FMLA legislation (during a pandemic no less!), is particularly challenging. Historically companies…

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

Effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 Click Here for the Full Version/Printable FFCRA Poster Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Paid Leave Entitlements: Up to two weeks (80…

Forgivable Loans from the SBA

Forgivable loans are available and include costs for payroll and health insurance premiums. Loan applications are being accepted by approved SBA lenders starting Friday, April 3, 2020. We encourage employers to contact a lender and seek this assistance as soon as possible as demand will be extremely high. Here are some helpful links: SBA Lenders…