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Showing posts from April, 2023

HBS Q1 Market Recap: March Madness for Investors

Following a disappointing 2022, where both equity and fixed-income markets struggled, investors looked forward to a more stable 2023 with diminished recession fears. While asset prices have partially recovered from 2022 losses, worries about an impending recession persist. January was a particularly strong month for U.S. equity markets, with the S&P 500 gaining 6.18%, but volatility through February and March gave back some of January’s gains. In Q1, fixed income continued to face restrained returns offering indications of the economy's path. Instability within the banking sector has been the focus of financial headlines, spearheaded by the collapse of three financial institutions, all within the span of five days. Even though these collapses have been contained and are primarily due to individual factors, a renewed public fear and distrust of financial institutions appears to be on the rise. Markets outside the U.S. were mixed in Q1. Investors are hoping for a return to normal

SECURE 2.0 Discussion Series: Session Two

The retirement industry has been buzzing since the SECURE 2.0 Act was signed into law last December. This new, comprehensive legislation has sparked a lot of discussion. As with any major reform, it will take time for the industry to fully adapt and understand all its implications. Following our April 11 webinar on the first three months of the industry’s response, our team reconvened to discuss some of what we have heard from our client and vendor partners and to respond to some of the great questions we heard from attendees. Panel participants included the following HBS team members: Noah Buck, Christina Bauer-Dobias, Sean Bayne, Vincent Bocchinfuso and Kathleen Coonan. The Discussion SB – Throughout the webinar, I wanted to stress two things: 1) confusion about where to start and what is expected from plan sponsors is normal; and 2) even more than three months in, this is a developing situation and people should expect changes as time goes on. With those in mind, engagement through

Three Voluntary Benefits Trends to Watch in 2023

Benefits have always been crucial for attracting and retaining top performers, and voluntary benefits are a great way for employers to enhance their offerings. These extra perks allow for more personalization that can help satisfy the unique needs of each worker, especially in today’s multigenerational workforce. Although individual needs vary, some common themes — physical, mental and financial wellness — are universal. Employers can help address these pressing issues by offering expanded voluntary benefits. A rising number of organizations recognize that voluntary benefits are beneficial to employees and their families — and many come at little to no cost for the employer. This article highlights three important voluntary benefits trends for 2023. 1. Emphasis on holistic voluntary benefits offerings The voluntary benefits market has steadily expanded in recent years and will continue to grow in 2023. According to a Willis Towers Watson survey, nearly all employers (94%) say voluntary

HR Compliance Calendar

Employment laws and regulations can be overwhelming for any business. But with an HR Compliance Calendar , you'll be armed with a powerful tool to tackle employment-related deadlines this year. Whether you're anticipating deadlines like Form W-2 or benefit plan filing, or bracing for unpredictable events like new hires or workplace injuries, a compliance calendar can help you stay organized and avoid workplace disruptions that can arise from noncompliance. Knowing what your business is required to do and when is the best way to stay compliant. The HR Compliance Calendar includes a month-by-month summary of key compliance deadlines and helpful reminders for compliance tasks to complete throughout the year. It also helps you anticipate deadlines for dynamic compliance tasks, which only occur when certain events happen. Have compliance questions? Reach out to HANYS Benefit Services today. This calendar is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be con

Benefits Buzz - April 2023

  Gag clause attestations are due by Dec. 31, 2023 On Feb. 23, the federal departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury answered frequently asked questions on the prohibition of gag clauses under the transparency provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Health plans and health insurance issuers must submit their first attestation of compliance with the CAA’s prohibition of gag clauses by Dec. 31, 2023 . Effective Dec. 27, 2020, the CAA prohibits health plans and insurers from entering into contracts with healthcare providers, third-party administrators (TPAs) or other service providers that would restrict the plan or issuer from providing, accessing or sharing certain information about provider price and quality and deidentified claims. Plans and issuers must annually submit an attestation of compliance with these requirements to the departments. The first attestation is due by Dec. 31, 2023, and   covers the period beginning Dec. 27, 2020, through