Wharton & Power Insurance

July 12, 2022
Employee Retention in the Home Improvement Industry

Balancing Recession Potential with Employee Retention in the Home Improvement Industry

Talk to ten economists and you will get ten opinions about what the economy will do in the next 12-18 months. However, there seems to be some consensus around the idea that a recession is coming, but not the degree. As a small business owner, we know you care more about what’s happening on the ground rather than the halls of policy. The housing market may be set for a bit of a downturn, but the fact remains that there […]
June 28, 2022
Tips for Hiring in the Home Improvement Industry

Tips for Hiring in the Home Improvement Industry

Even though the latest job reports show that the US added jobs in May, the unemployment rate is still just above its lowest point since 1969. The competition for quality employees is fierce, so how can a small or medium-sized business compete with larger organizations? Indeed.com recently offered some tips for hiring in the home improvement industry that could help you hire your next team member: Make Your Job Descriptions Clear It may be time to revisit the tools are […]
May 17, 2022
How to provide health insurance to part-time employees

How to Provide Health Insurance to Part-Time Employees

With the current low employment rate, it is no surprise that the home improvement industry is struggling to attract and retain employees. Often the talented people employers want to hire are looking for a more flexible work environment that includes benefits. Fortunately, there is a way for businesses with an under 50-person workforce to provide health insurance to part-time employees. Three years ago, the US Departments of Health & Human Services and the Treasury issued a rule allowing employers to […]
November 6, 2021
Health Insurance Options for Small Business Owners

Health Insurance Options for Small Business Owners

As a small employer, you may feel there are just too many barriers to offering an affordable employee health insurance plan yourself. Too few employees, high costs and poor risk ratings are the top three worries. Fortunately, there are affordable options out there for businesses like yours. Too Few Employees to Qualify The ICHRA program makes offering health benefits to a small group of employees, including yourself, much easier than before. Launched in 2019, ICHRA allows a wider definition of […]
October 25, 2021
PEO

Facing Open Enrollment? A PEO May Be Your Best Option

Large and small businesses alike are receiving their employee health plan renewals this month. Costs rise each year, and 2021 is seeing a 9-12% increase range across the board. Open enrollment is a time for reevaluation for both you and your employees. If you are looking to offer a different solution for health benefits, a Professional Employer Organization, or PEO, may be your best option. What is a PEO? A PEO offers a co-employment model for its members, allowing employers […]
October 13, 2021
Employee Health Insurance

Want Employee Health Insurance for 2022? Start Now.

“My employees really want health benefits, and it’s almost impossible to hire new people without a plan.” If this thought has been going through your head this year you are probably considering implementing employee health insurance for your business. Now is the time to start the process for activation on January 1, 2022. You need time to choose a program that works for your bottom line, and your broker needs time to onboard your employees to ensure they are appropriately […]
September 9, 2021
Hiring_Trend

Mid-Sized Employers Uncover a New Post-Pandemic Hiring Trend

As we have been talking to Indy business owners over the past few months, they have been noting a new hiring trend in employee recruitment. Pre-pandemic, the gig economy was going strong with young workers looking for a big paycheck and flexibility. Post-pandemic, employers are now finding potential employees want more stability and health benefits – and they will not be hired without them. Businesses with over 20 employees who have relied on independent contractors to fill hiring gaps are […]
August 17, 2021
Open_Enrollment

What Employers Need to Know About Open Enrollment

Employee health benefits are important to workers, so it’s no wonder that open enrollment can be a stressful time for employers and employees alike. Good communication about plan specifications, changes and costs is central to a smooth process. Group meetings are a useful tool in ensuring everyone understands the upcoming year. But employees often have confidential questions that pertain to their individual needs, so one-on-one meetings are essential also. Below we offer some tips on how to make your open […]
August 11, 2021
Hiring_Trend

Small Employers Uncover a New Post-Pandemic Hiring Trend

As we have been talking to Indy small business owners over the past few months, they have been noting a new hiring trend in employee recruitment. Pre-pandemic, the gig economy was going strong with young workers looking for a big paycheck and flexibility. Post-pandemic, employers are now finding potential employees want more stability and health benefits – and they will not be hired without them. Businesses with under 20 employees who have relied on independent contractors to fill hiring gaps […]
July 28, 2021
employee health benefits

Looking to Hire? You Need to Offer Employee Health Insurance

How can you grow your business without the workforce to support it? That very question has been plaguing many of our clients during the recent shortage in the labor force. According to the Harvard Business Review, offering flexibility for workers who have to commute and ensuring your salaries are on par with market rates are just two ways you can boost your chances of attracting employees. However, one of the most important things you can do is offer a rich […]
July 19, 2021
Employee Health Insurance

When a Level Premium Employee Health Insurance Plan Could Suit Your Business

These days if you have 20-49 employees, offering employee health insurance is expected and frankly, necessary to attract and retain a quality workforce. However, group health plans can be expensive and seem out of reach for small businesses. Here is where a level premium plan may be a good option. In the group health world, there are two ways to fund a plan – fully funded by the insurance company, or self-funded by the employer. In the fully-funded model, the […]
June 16, 2021
Small Employers Need to Offer Employee Health Insurance

Why Small Employers Need to Offer Employee Health Insurance

When we talk with our small business clients about their largest challenges, finding good employees is at the top of the list. Small employers need to offer employee health insurance in this challenging hiring market. Beyond being able to compete with other employers, there are more key advantages to providing benefits: 1) Employee Satisfaction – Company culture is an important factor in enhancing employee engagement, productivity and performance. Organizations that support both their employees’ professional and personal well-being contribute to […]
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