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Austin Benefits Group Named Among 101 Best and Brightest Companies

Bloomfield Hills, MI (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Austin Benefits Group, a full service employee benefits agency, has been named one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™. As a third-year recipient of this prestigious award, Austin Benefits Group continues to set the bar higher in its commitment to excellence.

“Attracting and retaining top talent at Austin is essential to our mission to deliver world-class service to clients and their employees. Our strong commitment to each other as colleagues transcends to the client level, which is part of our success story,” says Cathy Siska, vice president of Client Services.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ distinction award honors companies like Austin that present a commitment to excellence in their human resources practices and employee enrichment. Nominated companies were assessed on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention. Companies are nominated annually and go through a series of assessments to maintain their best and brightest status.

Austin provides an exceptional employee benefits package to staff in addition to offering flexible schedules, opportunities for continuous education and company-sponsored wellness activities. “I’m so thankful that when I come to work every day, I work alongside a group of people who are dedicated to their jobs and their clients. Plus, getting treated to lunch a few times a month as an extra perk doesn’t hurt either,” says Melissa Carey, account manager.

About Austin Benefits Group: Austin Benefits Group (formerly Austin Financial Group) is Michigan’s premier full-service employee benefits agency. Founded in 2000 by Dean Austin, the company specializes in custom employee benefit packages, health insurance, Obamacare compliance and corporate wellness programs.


Marissa Blaski

Austin Benefits Group




New Crawford Advisors Benefits Webinar: Wellness Plans in the Wake of Obamacare – Prior Rules vs. Final Rules

Hunt Valley, MD (PRWEB) April 14, 2014

Join Crawford Advisors senior counsel for this on demand webinar, and learn how PPACA changed the landscape for many employers, exposing plans to unlimited claims. High claimants expose plan sponsors to extraordinary costs as 20% of plan claimants can drive 80% of plan costs. This metric is compelling plan sponsors to “bend their cost curve.” The DOL, Treasury and HHS has now published Final Rules under incentives for nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plans. Employers must understand these final rules, how they impact their plan design and employee contributions, and the administrative burdens associated with their implementation. Join Senior Counsel, Patrick Haynes, as he discusses this important topic and addresses these questions:

Are there plans that are exempt from these rules?
What are employees’ rights under these plans?
What rules apply to your company’s 10,000-steps walking initiative?
Prior rules vs. Final rules – what has changed?
How can I maximize penalties for employees refusing to participate in wellness plans?
How do the Final rules and PPACA’s Affordability Test work together?

Title: Wellness Plans in the Wake of Obamacare – Prior Rules vs. Final Rules

Watch this on demand webinar at: http://www.crawfordwebinars.com/.

Open to all benefits professionals, but not other brokers or agents.

About Crawford Advisors, LLC

Crawford Advisors is a full-service consulting, administration and brokerage firm. Crawford has invested heavily in technology and an expert team to bring sophisticated solutions and comprehensive services to help organizations manage and deliver the best value for health and welfare benefits. Crawford Advisors provides:

Benefits Consulting and Brokerage
Benefits Administration
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employee Communications
Employee Health Improvement

Crawford Advisors, LLC, understands that employee health benefits are often large expenses with complex compliance requirements. Crawford Advisors is committed to providing the brightest consulting talent to help manage cost, improve the health and productivity of employees, and add profits to their clients’ bottom line. Crawford Advisors expert team helps organizations deliver the best value for health and welfare benefits.

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Craig Nabat of Freedom Laser Therapy, Offers Billionaire Las Vegas Casino Mogul Steve Wynn $5,000 Worth of Smoking Cessation Products to Help His Employees Quit

Los Angeles, CA. (PRWEB) March 29, 2014

Steve Wynn has had his share of issues over smoking. An article in the Las Vegas Sun, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, “Casino dealer’s suit over smoking dangers at Wynn moves forward” recaps how one of Wynn’s employees’ unions entered into a class action lawsuit with them over the possible ill effects of smoke filled casinos – to which Wynn responded that we, “cannot be made liable for allowing its patrons to smoke freely in a place where the law specifically says that they can.

As cited in an article by SmokeLitigation.org posted on July 24, 2013; On February 6, 2013, the U.S. District Court, at 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16778, Case Number: 2:2009cv02034 Kastroll, et als. V. Wynn Resorts, granted the Defendant’s (Wynn Las Vegas) motion for summary judgment, ruling that the home-state controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act applies to this case. Thus Wynn had won a victory of sorts, effectively taking the “class action” aspect of the suit off the table and allowing for the legally acceptable practice of smoking indoors at casinos to go on unrestricted in Nevada, without additional cost to him. At the same time, Wynn has seemingly spared no expense in an effort to clean the air (if not make it less noticeable by smelling better) in those areas where it does allow smokers. The properties have installed expensive high tech Bio-Oxygen Systems to filter out the smell of smoke as well AromaSys scent systems to cover them up, and by many accounts, quite successfully. Although smoking indoors in public is forbidden by most states, the possible financial repercussions to the casino industry appear to outweigh popular opinion, and so it remains. The resulting decision was a seemingly a Wynn-win outcome for the casino owner. Wynn avoided both having to pay out any penalties, or institute disruptive policy changes which might result in the likely alienation of the approximated 20% of his casino customers who do smoke according to tobaccocontrol.bmj.com.

As with his controversial stand on requiring his casino dealers to share their tips with other floor personnel, detailed in a Las Vegas Sun article, March 29, 2014, Official: Casinos can split dealers’ tips with supervisors, Wynn’s goals, though most presumably financially motivated, appear – at their very root – intended to please the masses, as what’s good for the masses is good for business. And although Mr. Wynn didn’t want to pick up the tab for some of his employees possibly unfair and potentially disruptive suit demands based on potential health issues, he does appear to care about the well-being of those around him. He is himself a poster child for fitness, keeping up his physique as well as his looks. At 72 today, according to a March 29, 2014 article in the Las Vegas Sun, Wynn, who went vegan a few years back encouraging others including his employees to do the same, maintains a 32 inch waist as well as a new wife 20 years his junior.

In an article dated February 10, 2014, the Las Vegas Review Journal states that “Wynn Las Vegas remains one of the top places to work in the Las Vegas Valley, being ranked number 2 in 2014 in the large-company category. Employees at Wynn say that they appreciate working for a company that cares about them and their health, and treats them like they are part of a larger family.”

In a related issue, local CBS station WBZ of Boston reported on December 16, 2013, that Mr. Wynn has been quoted as saying that “everything about Obamacare is incorrect”, and according to the new Affordable Care Act, it appears Americans will be required to live with it. The Wynn Resorts will be faced with a 50% mandatory surcharge in the cost of insurance for each of its employees who smokes. Given that Nevada is one of the states that will be placing the maximum surcharge on smokers’ employee health care premiums through the Affordable Care coverage, companies will bear the financial burden of their employees who smoke. In keeping with the Wynn company mindset of caring for his employees and protecting his bottom line. Freedom Laser Therapy puts forth a generous offer to Mr. Wynn and his Hotel and Casino properties: Craig Nabat, Freedom president says, “Allow us to assist you with your company’s wellness programs by offering Wynn 50 Freedom Quit Smoking System kits (a $ 5,000 value) at no charge to be distributed as you wish to show appreciation of your employees. We offer Freedom’s proven nicotine-free 10 day home use Freedom Quit Smoking System to liberate smokers in your organization from the harmful effects of nicotine addiction. Given the turbulent nature surrounding the issues facing you of late, this should unquestionably garner the continued admiration and respect of your employees by showing them how much you really do care about their health, while taking countless thousands of dollars in elevated insurance fees, lost worker productivity and related costs off the table. It may take Freedom some time to reach the approximated 20% of those gamblers who still prefer to smoke. In the meantime, allow us to help make a difference freeing your Wynn family from nicotine addiction.”

About Freedom Laser Therapy

Freedom Laser Therapy Inc. is an established Los Angeles-based nicotine addiction clinic that has helped change the lives of thousands of smokers. After years of research and development, the company has launched the innovative Freedom Quit Smoking System —highlighted by its convenient at-home usage and requiring only 10 days to quit smoking—to help Americans across the country quit this deadly habit and promote healthier lifestyles. April 2014, marks the beginning of the Freedom Corporation Smoking Cessation program nationwide launch.

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Health Alliance Plan Names Dawn Geisert Chief Compliance Officer

Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) today announced that Dawn Geisert has joined the company as Chief Compliance Officer.

In this newly created role, Geisert and her team will implement a coordinated regulatory compliance program, oversee regulatory submissions and reporting activities, assess compliance risk and develop training programs to address compliance. A robust compliance program ensures that the company upholds its core values of service excellence and integrity while adhering to state and federal requirements. Geisert will also interface with the Audit and Compliance Committee of the HAP board of directors.

“Dawn is a visionary leader with extensive experience administering corporate compliance programs,” said James Connelly, HAP President and CEO. “Medicare and Medicaid will continue to grow, and HAP is fully committed to meeting the expectations of commercial and government payers while ensuring a positive experience for our members with complete regulatory compliance.”

Prior to being appointed Chief Compliance Officer, she served in the Office of the General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she was Principal Counsel leading the government programs practice group legal team.

Geisert holds a Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law, a Master of Science in general administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan. She is also an alumnus of the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Michigan program.

A lifelong Michigan resident, she, her husband and two children reside in Troy.


About Health Alliance Plan

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan that provides health coverage to more than 670,000 members and companies of all sizes. For more than 50 years, HAP has partnered with leading doctors and hospitals, employers and community organizations to enhance the health and well-being of the lives we touch. HAP offers a product portfolio with six distinct product lines: Group Insured Commercial, Individual, Medicare, Medicaid, Self-Funded and Network Leasing. HAP excels in delivering award-winning preventive services, disease management and wellness programs, and personalized customer service. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP’s commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus Excellent Accreditation.

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HR.com’s Inaugural Interactive Benefits and Wellness Excellence Essentials ePublication is Online

Aurora, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) January 03, 2014

The largest global human resources (HR) network of shared resources, HR.com has developed the newest online publication, Benefits and Wellness Excellence Essentials, from thirty years of articles collected by top thought leaders and human resources experts.

The inaugural issue is now online and interactive. Benefits and Wellness Excellence Essentials includes the latest content in the areas of Benefits and Employee Wellness. READ NOW

This month’s issue features the following articles in the Benefits and Wellness space:


“Total Rewards” by Audrey Boone-Tillman

“Plan Your Success” by Donna Joseph and Pete Tobiason

“Obamacare” by Howard Kaplan

“Legal Service Plans” by Brittany Schmigel

“Employee Retirement Benefits” by Melissa Walters

“Dental Care 2014” by Mark Roberts

“New FMLA Regs and Poster” by Jennifer Richter

“Surviving the Affordable Care Act” by John Frehse

“Dispelling Five Myths” by Mary Jo Davis


“Mind-Body-Spirit-Emotion” by Stephen Bizal

“What Is Stress?” by Jeffery Gero

“Relaxation Exercises” by Helen Goldstein

“Wellness ROI” by Buck Hanson & Mark Goble

“Workplace Health” by Stephen Haynes

“Successful Health and Wellness Programs” by Jayne Hembruff & Doug Brown

“Nature’s Elements to Well-Being” by Noelle Meade-Izzi

“Stress Management/Meditation” by Eileen Lichtenstein

“Wellness Coaching” by Gene McGuire

“Outcomes-Based Wellness” by William McPeck

“High ROI Wellness” by Laura Messenger

“Medical Self-Care” by Brett Powell

“Wellness Program Success” by Bart Sheeler & Rob Thurston

“Holes in the Wellness Plan” by Debi Silber

“Culture of Health & Wellness” by Josh Stevens

“Sleep Tight, Sleep Right” by Stuart M. Sutley

“Financial Wellness” by Henry Albrecht

“Care Management” by Angie Yasulitis

“High Engagement Wellness Program” Case Study by Dave Monahan

All Excellence Essentials Publications provide an interactive online experience with access to options such as surveys and benchmark data, learning modules, online archives, custom content for a company, and a mobile excellence app to launch soon. Companies interested in using these stories in internal newsletters should contact HR.com. Archive access is also available for a nominal fee.

To complement Benefits and Wellness Essentials’ resources, executives can currently also subscribe for free to:

Leadership Excellence Essentials,
Personal Excellence Essentials,
Sales and Service Excellence Essentials,
Talent Management Excellence Essentials, and
Talent Acquisition Excellence Essentials.

More information available on HR.com: Excellence Essentials Publications

Also launching this month is the themed edition for HR Strategy and Planning Excellence Essentials. Other targeted series launching in coming months include Rewards and Recognition/Employee Engagement, Workforce Management (Time and Attendance), Technology Enabled Learning, Legal and Compliance, as well as Core HR (HRIS and Payroll).

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