April 2016

BTHR Solutions


Happy National Employee Benefits Day!

Benefit Story Contest Winners

5 Things You Need To Do Before a Job Interview

Employers Added 215,000 Jobs in March

The ACA After Six Years

Study Shows Value of Wellness Programs

Unusual Order In Supreme Court Contraceptive Mandate Case

5 Things You Need To Do Before a Job Interview

Here's Your Pre Job Interview Checklist So You're as Prepared as Possible

1) Do Your Homework
You don’t want to come across as cocky, but to make a good impression, confidence is key. It’s the research you do ahead of time that will give you the type of knowledge to help you stand tall.

2) Investigate the Company Culture Delve into the company culture. Find out what it is that makes the company either a place where people want to work or drives employees away.

3) Know Every Bit of Your Resume Make sure you know your resume inside and out. That’s the document your interviewer is going to use to ask you questions.

4) Practice Your Interview
Sit down and rehearse your answers to key questions before you do the interview. Think about questions you’ve been asked in the past that have stumped you.

5) Prepare Questions of Your Own
Prepare a list of questions in advance that you want answered to help make an informed decision but be leery of jumping too quickly into questions about salary and benefits -- save those for when things get serious.

See the rest of the list at Salary.com

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Happy National Employee Benefits Day!
by Sam Gruenbaum, President, BTHR Solutions

Today is National Employee Benefits Day, and in honor of the occasion we would like to extend our best wishes to all of you, our friends in the Employee Benefits world.


BTHR Solutions (formerly BeneTemps) has been serving the Employee Benefits and HR community since 1977, and we hope to continue serving you for many more years to come!

National Employee Benefits Day Story Contest
by Sam Gruenbaum, President, BTHR Solutionns

Every year in honor of National Employee Benefits Day, BTHR Solutions asks our friends in the HR & Employee Benefits world to submit humorous and heartwarming stories. These true stories and amusing anecdotes are enjoyed by thousands of our HR and Benefits colleagues across the country and winners receive a $25 American Express gift card!

Read all 5 winners on our web site...

Here are two of our favorites:

Hard Proof of Hardship

I got a hardship withdrawal for unreimbursed medical expenses, incomplete, no documentation. Called up the participant who said she needed new dentures so I asked for some documentation, the bill showing the insurance payment, the EOB, something. She says fine.

Two days later... Fed Ex package... and a set of broken dentures on my desk.

Important ERISA Question

My favorite employee benefit "moment" occurred when a colleague said, "When do I get to meet Erisa? I sure hear her name come up a lot!"

Employers Added 215,000 jobs in March
Employers added 215,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department said Friday, underscoring that the U.S. labor market continues to shrug off economic weakness both domestically and abroad. Average hourly wages rose 7 cents to $25.43 and are up 2.3% the past year, more than reversing an unexpected dip in February and possibly indicating that lackluster earnings gains of just over 2% throughout the recovery are picking up.

The Affordable Care Act After Six Years
The Affordable Care Act is the most important legislation in health care since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid. The law’s singular achievement is that 20 million people who were previously uninsured have health-care coverage. What sets the ACA apart is not only the progress made in covering the uninsured but also the role the law has played rewriting insurance rules to treat millions of sick people more fairly and its provisions reforming provider payment under Medicare. The latter is getting attention throughout the health system.

Study Shows Value of Wellness Programs
A three-year study of Humana Inc.’s data-driven wellness and rewards program, HumanaVitality, shows employees engaged with the health incentive program had fewer unscheduled absences, lower overall health claims costs and fewer visits to the hospital and emergency room.

Unusual Order In Supreme Court Contraceptive Mandate Case 
The U.S. Supreme Court's unusual move seeking more information from parties involved in challenging the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate could signal attempts to overcome a stalemate in the eight-member Supreme Court, sources say.

The justices on Tuesday asked religious nonprofit organizations that object to the mandate and government agencies defending the law to provide ideas to allow employees to obtain contraceptives that do “not require any involvement of petitioners.”


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