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The Post-COVID Workplace: Employee Preferences Are Only Part of the Equation

Margaret Gennero

As the economy continues to open up and COVID restrictions are lifted, the American workforce faces yet another adaptation. With many people now adjusted to working from home, businesses and organizations are bringing employees back into the office or introducing a hybrid future that combines working from home with days…

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COVID and the Workplace: Vaccine Mandates, Incentives and More

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If an organization is considering incentivizing vaccinations, mandating vaccinations or introducing financial penalties for unvaccinated employees, a number of general rules need to be considered before introducing a policy within the organization. To assist in the interpretation of the rules, here’s some basic information you should know: The HIPAA/ACA financial…

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The Delta Variant & FDA-Approved Vaccine May Mean More Mandates

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As the summer winds down, several new developments on the COVID-19 front are having a massive impact on how organizations across all industries approach vaccination policies. With the surging Delta variant, news of at least one additional variant and recent FDA approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (with more approvals…

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Effectively Communicating With Employees in a Hybrid Environment: Crain’s Cleveland Feature

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Oswald Companies was a featured contributor in the Crain’s Cleveland Employee Benefits: Thought Leadership Custom Content, July 2021. In the article titled “Effectively communicating with employees in a hybrid environment,” Bill Fisher, Senior Vice President, Practice Leader, Group Benefits, discusses the importance of employee communication and engagement for all aspects…

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Overcoming Employee Communication Challenges

Communicating with employees has always been a vexing problem. Though, we can’t blame it on too little communication, considering the amount of emails and phone calls zoom through offices every day, even beyond the traditional office hours. And considering how fast-paced businesses run, we aren’t stopping to consider if our communication capabilities…

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Protect the Net: Evaluation of Disability Insurance for Athletes, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article we discussed the importance of Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and what to look for when acquiring it. For this part let’s turn our focus to Loss-of-Value (LOV) insurance. Remember that PTD covers an athlete in the event of a career-ending injury. LOV, on the other…

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What Employers Need to Know About Medicare

Stanley Sieniawski

Many employees are postponing retirement and working beyond the traditional retirement age of 65. While this segment of the workforce provides important experience, there are some challenges for both the employer and the employees. Employees may not fully understand what Medicare offers and stay on the group health plan at…

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Protect the Net: Evaluation of Disability Insurance for Athletes, Part 1

As professional sports continue to rise – both in prominence and revenue – so does the need to protect the future earnings of its athletes within. Whether you, or your client, plays basketball, football, hockey or some other highly-compensated sport, there are absolute dos and don’ts when it comes to buying disability insurance. The first step…

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SparkAmerica Fit City Challenge Announces Winners of Spring Corporate Challenge

190 companies and nearly 3,500 participants accumulated more than six million activity minutes for the Spring Challenge. CLEVELAND – June 30 – Oswald, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms, announced the winners of the SparkAmerica Spring Fit City Challenge. Oswald is a strategic partner of the SparkAmerica…

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Group Health Plan Advisory: COVID Vaccine Incentives

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Some employers require employees to obtain COVID vaccines as a condition of employment, while many others are instead choosing to offer incentives to encourage their workforce to obtain COVID vaccines. Any time an incentive is tied to a vaccine, it is necessary to consider applicable nondiscrimination rules found under HIPAA,…

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