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HBS Q3 Market Recap: Hawkish Fed behavior, declining asset prices

After a historically volatile first half of 2022, investors entered Q3 optimistic that inflation would subside and markets would begin to calm. However, when June’s surprise 9.1% inflation report was released just two weeks into the quarter, it became clear Q3 would continue the tumultuous year. Read our  Retirement Market Recap to get all the details on the Q3 market performance. If you have questions about  retirement plan services  or would like to begin talking to a retirement plan advisor, please get in touch online  or by calling 800.388.1963. HANYS Benefit Services is a marketing name of Healthcare Community Securities Corp., member FINRA/SIPC, and an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. Past performance is not indicative or a guarantee of future returns. The information in this piece is not a recommendation to invest no

Benefits Breakdown Newsletter - November 2022

Inflation’s Impact on 2023 Open Enrollment Many employees are feeling financial stress because of inflation. With open enrollment fast approaching, inflation could impact employees’ benefits choices. According to The Hartford’s Future of Benefits Pulse Survey , 40% of U.S. workers reported that they will cut back on the benefits they select during 2023’s open enrollment because of inflation. As a result, this year’s open enrollment may be more challenging than usual for employers. Employers can take steps now to help their employees better understand their benefits options and make informed decisions.  Employers can assist employees this open enrollment season by: using multiple communication channels; employing clear language and personalized messaging; highlighting the services that come with coverage. By communicating effectively, employers can help employees optimize their inflation-strained resources and make the best benefits selections for themselves and their families during th

HANYS Benefit Services appoints Bernard Gleeson director of employee benefit services

HANYS Benefit Services, a customized solutions provider for retirement and benefit needs based in Rensselaer, New York, welcomed Bernard A. Gleeson as director of employee benefit services. Gleeson will oversee the employee benefits division to meet overall strategic and financial client service goals. He will report to Noah Buck, president of HBS. Before joining the HBS team, Gleeson held roles with Gallagher, Aon and regional employee benefits firms. Throughout his career, Gleeson has served on various insurance carrier advisory boards and on his local school board for 13 years. He currently serves as the immediate past president of the local chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters.  Gleeson brings more than 25 years of experience in the employee benefits consulting space. HBS is thrilled to welcome Gleeson to the team. Reach out to him at for all your employee benefit needs.

Employee Leave for Voting During Elections

As Election Day 2022 approaches on Tuesday, Nov. 8, employers may be curious about how to best prepare.  This article covers general information about state voting leave laws and employer considerations surrounding employee leave or time off for voting. Read on...

Attraction & Retention Newsletter - Q4 2022

Each quarter, the  Attraction and Retention Newsletter  offers statistics about the employment market, suggestions on securing top talent and insight to attract and retain workers. The fourth quarter edition explores: the competitive labor market as employers address high inflation; trending employee benefits that strengthen attraction and retention efforts; and university and college recruitment strategies. Current trends indicate that despite the inflow of more people entering the workforce, there is still a considerable shortage of workers for available positions. In addition, employee quits continue to trend higher than historical standards. While employers deal with the realities of high inflation rates, competitive compensation has become increasingly more important for workers. With market uncertainty though, many employers are exploring strategies to cut costs, including layoff options. Attraction and retention challenges remain and employers need to continue exploring strategi

COBRA Guidelines

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act is a federal law that gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods (usually 18 months) under certain circumstances. Most employers are required to provide an opportunity to continue group health coverage and are aware of their COBRA obligations with respect to their health insurance plans. Employers also need to understand how COBRA applies to health flexible spending accounts and health reimbursement accounts. Health savings accounts are not subject to COBRA coverage requirements, but an employer that offers a high-deductible health plan in connection with an HSA must comply with COBRA for the HDHP. To better understand COBRA and employer obligations, check out this chart of key provisions and requirements and this Compliance Overview for general information about the rules that apply to health flexible sp

Benefit Breakdown Newsletter – October 2022

  Trending employee benefits that strengthen attraction and retention efforts Attraction and retention are top of mind for employers in the wake of "The Great Reshuffle” — the mass movement of workers to jobs that prioritize their needs — and macro trends like the tight labor market. According to Zywave’s 2022 Attraction and Retention Benchmarking Overview, more than 75% of employers consider attraction and retention among the top five business challenges for their organizations. As a result, many employers are expanding and enhancing their benefits offerings to remain or become more desirable to employees. The benefits that may be helpful to employers’ attraction and retention efforts include: the availability of telemedicine; flexible work arrangements; competitive compensation; career development opportunities; and student loan assistance. Various labor market trends are driving employees to demand better benefits packages. There are many benefits employers can offer to attract