Bukaty Blog

Ways to address mental health in the workplace

An estimated 18% percent of Americans 18 and older experience symptoms of a diagnosable mental health condition, and nearly half of those have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Alarmingly, 56% of those diagnosed with a mental health condition do not receive treatment. When these...

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Medical marijuana in Missouri leaves employers with questions

Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment during the 2018 midterm elections, which legalizes the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients with serious and debilitating illnesses. Passage of Amendment 2 has left local HR professionals and company owners searching for answers on...

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Outsourcing more services may be the secret to small business success in 2019

Launching a small business can be one of life’s most rewarding and difficult challenges. Owners often get into trouble by taking on too many responsibilities without the necessary resources. Bookkeeping is one area many owners think they can handle, but soon discover the labor intensive and...

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DOL urged to expand MEP proposed rule

In October 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It calls for the expanded access to retirement saving options by clarifying the circumstances in which an association, employer group or professional employer organization ...

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3 achievable resolutions for every HR department

Every Human Resources department knows there is always room to improve and making 2019 resolutions is a great way to start. Below are three attainable resolutions every HR department can strive for in the new year.

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Preventive care: improves health, saves lives

Many individuals, employees are unaware of the benefits available

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Weathering the storm

Preparation is key for handling severe weather emergencies

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How to defend the workplace against flu season

Here's a sobering fact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 200,000 Americans are hospitalized every year due to flu-like symptoms. Yikes.

Flu season is a frustrating time for employers as well as employees. Whenever any widespread virus or other biological threat...

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Top 5 employee 401(k) questions

With the new year, employees may be considering how to save more money and often times that includes bolstering their retirement savings.

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Spousal surcharge, exclusion adoption on the rise

More employers are adopting spousal surcharges or exclusions in response to rising health care costs. Employers considering a surcharge should understand the options available and consider the consequences any exclusion or limit has on employee relations.A 2010 Towers Watson report found that...

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BUKATY PODCAST

Episode 5: The future of employee benefits

Listen to this podcast and discover how employers are utilizing online benefit management platforms to save valuable time and money. Employees love the ease and convenience an online system has over traditional paper enrollment. It’s a win-win for all!

Episode 4: The power of data analytics

Data analytics can serve as a powerful cost-containment tool for your organization's benefit program. Done right, analytics can illuminate the origin of high health care costs and opportunities for improvement. This episode will examine what it means to analyze data and how a proper analysis can benefit your business.

Episode 3: Understanding reference-based pricing

Reference-based pricing has become a popular strategy to control employer health care costs. Listen to this episode to gain a greater understanding of how this cost-saving strategy can lower reimbursement amounts and overall health care spending.

Episode 2: Busting narrow network myths

Narrow network plans can sound restrictive, but the reality is these plans are a valuable option for many groups. They have the potential to offer up to 20% savings on employee health insurance. 

Episode 1: DOL revives overtime discussion

The Department of Labor's 2019 regulatory agenda will revisit issues related to overtime compensation that were shelved in the  early days of the Trump Administration.