Registration Open for Assured Partners of Michigan’s Webinar: Simplifying HSAs for Employers

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can be complex vehicles for employers and employees. HSA regulations and guidelines involve many facets including eligibility, employer and employee contributions and administration. In this webinar, employers will receive a walk-through of the ins and outs of HSAs as well as how they can benefit your employees. The webinar qualifies for SHRM and HRCI credits! Register at https://tinyurl.com/APMI2022HSAWebinar.

Webinar Details:
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Time: 1-2 PM (EST)

Registration Now Open for AssuredPartners of Michigan Virtual Spring Seminar: The State of Employee Benefits in the ‘New Normal’

Join the AssuredPartners of Michigan team (formerly JS Clark Agency) online on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, for AssuredPartners of Michigan Virtual Spring Seminar: The State of Employee Benefits in the ‘New Normal’. This seminar will provide employers with a range of professional insights and guidance for managing challenges and changes during the ongoing pandemic.

The seminar will take a deep dive into rapidly changing regulations due to COVID-19; discuss benefit considerations for employers; provide employee benefit legal updates surrounding COVID-19 vaccinations and more!

The seminar is eligible for HRCI and SHRM credits. Registration closes on March 4, 2022!

Register at https://tinyurl.com/2022SpringSeminar.

Register for AssuredPartners of Michigan Ask Me Anything: Employee Benefits Compliance and Laws Edition

Join a compliance and legal expert, Jennifer Young, Compliance Director for AssuredPartners of Michigan (formerly JS Clark Agency) and James M. Reid, IV, Employment Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, for a live Q&A on employee benefits laws and regulations.

Everything is up for discussion including, but not limited to:

• Affordable Care Act (ACA)
• American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)
• Cafeteria Plans – Section 125
• Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA)
• Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
• COVID-19 and ADA – GINA
• COVID-19 and Employee Benefits
• COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives
• COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
• COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates under OSHA
• Employee Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and more
• Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
• Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
• Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
• Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
• Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
• High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
• Any other Employee Benefit related question you may have!

Submit your questions in advance or ask them live during the virtual event! Register at http://bit.ly/AskMeAnythingEmployeeBenefits

Registration Now Open for JS Clark Agency, An AssuredPartners Company’s Virtual Fall Seminar: What’s Next? The Path Forward After COVID-19

Join the JS Clark team on Monday, September 13, 2021, for JS Clark Agency, An AssuredPartners Company’s Virtual Fall Seminar: What’s Next? The Path Forward After COVID-19.

This seminar will provide employers with professional guidance and insights for managing challenges and changes during and after the pandemic. The seminar will take a deep dive into rapidly changing regulations due to COVID-19; highlight diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to human resource professionals and much more! The seminar qualifies for HRCI and SHRM credit!

Don’t miss it!

Registration Now Open for JS Clark Agency, An AssuredPartners Company’s Virtual Fall Seminar: What’s Next? The Path Forward After COVID-19

Join the JS Clark team on Monday, September 13, 2021, for JS Clark Agency, An AssuredPartners Company’s Virtual Fall Seminar: What’s Next? The Path Forward After COVID-19.

This seminar will provide employers with professional guidance and insights for managing challenges and changes during and after the pandemic. The seminar will take a deep dive into rapidly changing regulations due to COVID-19; highlight diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to human resource professionals and much more! The seminar qualifies for HRCI and SHRM credit!

Don’t miss it!

BROWN & BROWN OF DETROIT NAMES NEW VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

(Sterling Heights) . . . Todd Piersol, Executive Vice President, is pleased to announce that Brown & Brown of Detroit has named Joe Buick Vice President of Business Development for the agency.

In this role, effective January 1, 2021, Buick’s primary role will be to develop new business opportunities across all divisions of the agency. He will work closely with all agency stakeholders including Brown & Brown leadership, the sales team, new producers, customer service, and insurance carrier representatives. He will also assist local leadership in their personnel recruitment efforts.

Buick will draw upon his 25 years of insurance experience working for brokers around the world. His insurance and risk management specialties include multi-state manufacturing, wholesale distribution, environmental, aviation, workers compensation, and international business.

Regarding Buick’s new role with the agency, Piersol stated, “Joe’s character, core values, and broad spectrum of insurance knowledge will help us drive our value proposition across Michigan. We are very excited that he has agreed to help lead our team to new heights.”

Buick holds both his property and casualty licenses as well as life and health. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Certified Risk Manager (CRM). He proudly supports the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and is an active member of Financial Executives International’s Detroit chapter. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with his wife Rebecca.

Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. Located in Sterling Heights, Brown & Brown of Detroit is the largest insurance brokerage in Macomb County. For more information, please visit bbdetroit.com.

Marsh & McLennan Agency Welcomes Tyrone Jordan as Vice President, Health & Benefits

Troy, Michigan – October 7, 2020 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) recently welcomed Tyrone Jordan as a vice president with the health and benefits practice in Troy, Mich. An established group benefits professional, Jordan has developed an expertise helping public sector and non-profit entities meet their fiscal management targets. Jordan’s understanding of union relations and contract negotiations has also proven valuable to private entities in achieving their people and business management objectives.

Jordan entered the risk management field working first with a life insurance provider and then with health and benefits consultants based in Michigan and Illinois. Prior to joining MMA, Jordan was vice president of client sales with Kapnick Insurance Group.

As a vice president of practice development with MMA, Jordan will leverage his extensive background and familiarity with Michigan and other key markets to help employers design strategic benefits plans.

“Tyrone is a terrific addition to our team. Business leaders will appreciate his insight and attention to detail, and can rely on him to offer a thoughtful and strategic solution that fits their culture and their goals,” said Rebecca A. McLaughlan, president & ceo of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Michigan Health & Benefits operations.

“I am excited to be part of an organization with such a strong culture and an entrepreneurial mindset. Seeing how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic, MMA has already proven that I made the right decision,” added Jordan.

Jordan received his BA from the University of Michigan while also playing on two Big 10 Championship football teams. He sits on the boards of two nonprofits benefiting children and education: Detroit-based Giving Every Athlete Resources (GEAR) and Chicago-based The Simple Good, providing social and emotional learning tools to school districts.

About Marsh & McLennan Agency
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is a subsidiary of Marsh established in 2008 to serve as a platform for the middle market. MMA offers commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to midsize businesses and individuals across North America.
About Marsh
Marsh is the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser. With over 35,000 colleagues operating in more than 130 countries, Marsh serves commercial and individual clients with data driven risk solutions and advisory services. Marsh is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue over US$15 billion and 75,000 colleagues worldwide, MMC helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading firms: Marsh, Guy Carpenter, Mercer, and Oliver Wyman. Follow Marsh on Twitter @MarshGlobal; LinkedIn; Facebook; and YouTube, or subscribe to BRINK.

BROWN & BROWN WELCOMES NEW PERSONAL LINES LEADER

Brown & Brown of Detroit is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Haines to the team. Lisa will bring her expertise in client experience to the role of Personal Lines Leader.

In her new role, Ms. Haines will guide her team as they help clients protect their wealth by delivering creative risk management solutions. She will deliver an exceptional client experience by utilizing her insurance, credit, and business skills to recognize opportunities and recommend solutions to benefit overall financial health.

Lisa stated, “I’m dedicated to providing efficient and clear solutions to my clients’ insurance needs. Honestly and integrity drive my daily practices, which my clients appreciate. I work hard for my clients, communicate effectively along the way, and genuinely care about their future.”

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to joining Brown & Brown of Detroit, she served as a leader in the banking industry. She looks forward to making new connections and forging valuable relationships as part of an independent insurance agency.

Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), a leading insurance brokerage firm, providing risk management solutions to individuals and businesses. Located in Sterling Heights, Brown & Brown of Detroit is the largest insurance brokerage in Macomb County. For more information, please visit bbdetroit.com.

Marsh & McLennan Agency Welcomes Geoff Brieden as Vice President, Health & Benefits

Troy, Michigan – February 11, 2019 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) recently appointed Geoff Brieden as a vice president with the health and benefits practice in Troy, Mich. In his new position, Brieden identifies best practices and strategic solutions that optimally fit his clients’ group benefit needs.

Prior to joining MMA, Brieden owned Kane Atwood Group Services for over ten years, assisting employers with their benefits strategies. During this time, he developed a particular affinity for and understanding of the unique needs of the health care industry. Before starting his own firm, Brieden garnered thirteen years of experience with a third party administrator.

As a vice president of health & benefits with MMA, Brieden will leverage his extensive background to help employers design strategic benefits plans that meet their business management goals as well as help achieve their talent recruitment and engagement goals.

“We are honored to welcome Geoff to our team: his entrepreneurial spirit and thoughtful approach are a great addition to MMA. Geoff understands the complex and changing needs of mid-size and larger employers and takes a thorough approach to addressing those challenges,” said Rebecca A. McLaughlan, president & ceo of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Michigan Health & Benefits operations.

“I chose to join MMA because of the energy and intelligence of the people, and the resources that MMA brings to the table. I am excited for what the future holds,” added Brieden.

Brieden received his BA in Business & Economics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA in Business & Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. A competitive sailor, Brieden is also an active supporter of Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Wreaths Across America, and the LivLife Foundation.

If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Bowers at (248)822-6231 or rbowers@mma-mi.com.

Faced with Record-Low Unemployment, More Employers Are Investing in Employee Benefits Rather than Reducing Costs

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., November 1, 2018 – Attracting and retaining talent remains the number one operational priority of 60 percent of employers according to the forthcoming 2018 Gallagher Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey. That figure has increased two percentage points from 2017, and is in sharp contrast to the 37 percent of employers who ranked controlling benefit costs as the top priority, a figure that declined six percentage points from 2017. And nearly half (45 percent) of employers chose not to increase employee cost sharing of healthcare benefits.

“While keeping a lid on costs is always important, we are seeing a clear shift in the market as employers are having to compete more aggressively for talent in the face of the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years,” said William F. Ziebell, President, Gallagher Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage. “Today’s workforce is comprised of five very different generations, meaning it is no longer good enough to simply offer standard medical coverage and a competitive retirement plan. The 2018 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey uncovered best practices that address employees’ total wellbeing, which will positively impact organizational retention and recruitment efforts.”

Employers Taking a Holistic View of Employee Wellbeing

The Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey found forward-thinking employers are taking a more holistic view of employee wellbeing and developing strategies that both engage and appeal to their team. For example, more than half of employers (55 percent) now provide a telemedicine component, allowing employees to virtually connect with clinicians. That is an increase of more than 100 percent from 2016, when just 24 percent of employers utilized telemedicine. In addition to saving employees time, telemedicine has been shown to reduce expenses for both employers and employees.

The report also found employers are looking for ways to reduce medical expenses by encouraging their employees to live healthy lifestyles. The most popular physical wellbeing benefits include flu shots, tobacco cessation programs, health risk assessments and biometric screenings.

Because financial stressors can negatively affect productivity, financial wellbeing proved to be another area of interest for employers. More than six out of ten employers (62 percent) now offer employees access to financial advisors and nearly half (47 percent) provide financial-literacy education to help employees make better saving and spending decisions. The research also showed 43 percent of employers are taking steps to gauge employee retirement readiness, compared to previous years (33 percent in 2016).

Identifying and Changing Benefits Based on Employee Preferences

Because the tightening labor market has made it easier for top employees to leave their jobs voluntarily, more employers are tweaking existing benefits or adding new offerings. The goal is to provide employees with more choices that will better fit their own lifestyles and needs. Examples include:

• Health Benefits Choice: More than one in five employers (22 percent) now offer employees three medical insurance plans, and 13 percent offer four or more options.

• Tuition Assistance: Nearly half (46 percent) of employers provide tuition assistance, which is up from 42 percent in 2017. The most common tuition reimbursement amount totaled $5,250 annually per employee.

• Life Insurance: Nine of ten (89 percent) employers said they now offer employees life insurance, which is a five percent increase from 2017.

• Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): 70 percent of employers provide access to EAPs, which is an 11 percent jump from 2017.

Small Segment of Employers Fully Engage Employees around Workplace Benefits

Given many employee rosters include a multigenerational workforce, it has become increasingly important for employers to offer benefits that appeal to each segment of their workforce. Surprisingly, just 13 percent of employers said they have a comprehensive communication strategy to guide how they collect and share benefits information with employees, and most (74 percent) noted they have a communication strategy for just some of their benefits and wellbeing offerings.

“More than half of employers (59 percent) expect to increase their headcount over the next two years. That will be a challenge considering there are currently more job openings than individuals to fill those positions,” Ziebell said. “As a result, employers must get smarter about working within their budgets to offer benefits and compensation packages that engage their teams. At the same time, it will be imperative for organizations to clearly communicate the offerings and measure their effectiveness. The days of ‘set it and forget it’ in regards to compensation and benefits are over.”

For more information about the 2018 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey, visit: www.ajg.com/NBS-2018.

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ABOUT GALLAGHER
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The company has operations in 34 countries and offers client service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

ABOUT THE BENEFITS STRATEGY & BENCHMARKING SURVEY
Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., the employee benefits consulting and brokerage operation of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., developed the Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey to provide employers with insights into how their peers are addressing benefit and human capital challenges. The 2018 survey, conducted from January to April of this year, aggregates responses from 4,241 organizations across the U.S. Additional survey results can be found at www.ajg.com/NBS-2018.