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What You Should Be Doing 6 Months Before Renewal

Posted by Bradley D. Snitzer, REBC, RHU on Mar 26, 2019 8:40:00 AM

In my last post, I talked about the benefits of beginning your employee benefits renewal process today. It seems soon, but restarting your renewal cycle now will give you time to perform a deep analysis of your current programs and effectively increase employee engagement with your offerings.

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Topics: Benefits

Cornerstone Named 2019 Best Place to Work Finalist

Posted by Richard Steinbaum on Mar 21, 2019 11:47:44 AM

We are celebrating our third consecutive year as a finalist in the St. Louis Business Journal's Best Places to Work Awards. 

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Topics: Benefits, In the News

The Best Time to Begin Your Renewal Process (Hint: It Isn’t When You Think)

Posted by Bradley D. Snitzer, REBC, RHU on Feb 25, 2019 2:04:41 PM

It’s common for employee benefits renewals and analysis to sit at the bottom of business leaders’ to-do lists until the deadline approaches. And most brokers agree that this is the best time to start drilling into the data and gathering information from the carriers.

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Topics: Benefits

Cornerstone Named 2018 Healthiest Employer Finalist

Posted by Leah Hammel on Oct 11, 2018 12:21:59 PM

The St. Louis Business Journal named Cornerstone a finalist in its annual Healthiest Employers Awards!

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Topics: Wellness, Benefits

Encourage Employees to Save Their Healthcare Dollars

Posted by Douglas Grant on Apr 16, 2018 5:52:05 PM

Recently Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb gave a speech blowing the whistle on rigged payment schemes in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Topics: Benefits

Tax Reform Changes Family Contribution Limit for HSAs

Posted by Mary Ann White on Mar 6, 2018 5:33:11 PM

On Monday, March 5, 2018, the IRS announced that the maximum family contribution limit to a Health Savings Account (HSA) has been reduced from $6,900 to $6,850 for 2018.  

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Topics: Legislative Alerts, Benefits

When Is the Best Time to Review Your Employee Benefit Plans? 

Posted by Bradley D. Snitzer, REBC, RHU on Jan 19, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Do you review your employee benefits plan during each renewal?

It’s a great practice to annually review which benefits are valued most by your employees and why, but by the time you’re approaching your renewal period, it’s too late.

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Topics: Benefits

Webinar: FMLA, LOA, & ADA — How Leaves of Absence Overlap

Posted by Bethany Holliday on Dec 28, 2017 4:25:33 PM

Experiencing personal health problems ranks near the top of the list of life's stressors. During difficult times, the Family Medical Leave Act often creates confusion and questions for employers and employees. 

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Topics: Webinar, HR, Benefits

Employee Benefit Plan Limits Increasing for 2018

Posted by Cornerstone on Nov 1, 2017 1:56:42 PM

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018, including HDHPs, HSAs, FSAs and 401(k) plans.

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Topics: Benefits

Employee Benefits …"Can We Talk?"

Posted by Mark Forhan on Nov 30, 2015 2:18:26 PM

The late comedy legend Joan Rivers used the catchphrase “Can we talk?” in discussing various topics. She explained her use of the phrase, saying "I always try to be very honest. My humor is truly stripping everything. Bam!” she explained. She went on to describe her approach: “Let’s stop the nonsense."

One area of Corporate America that could use a similar approach is the area of employee benefits. Insurance companies and consultants would like to talk trends, utilization, probabilities and the like. But what is missing from the conversation is the person. Not “employees," but the individual person. How the person thinks, what he or she fears, how and what he or she will choose and why.

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