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Featuring product release updates, industry views and news, and the latest from our valued clients and customers. 

I-9 Form Compliance - Flock simplifies the process

I-9 Form Compliance - Flock simplifies the process

The USCIS released another updated version of Form I-9 .  As of September 18, 2017 the new Form I-9 is required to be used for new hire confirmation of employment eligibility verification. Flock automatically updates the Form I-9 and other supported compliance/tax forms for all of our employers. Let us show you how we can make this process easier!

Product Release | 08.07.17

Product Release | 08.07.17

Flock is excited to release our latest product updates. Updates designed to make your work flow and document handling that much easier:

• Age reduction support
• Underwriting question based rate support (tobacco vs non-tobacco)
• FSA/HSA employer contributions
• Flat employee contributions
• Benefits compensation field
• Disable beneficiary requirement
• Reporting enhancements
• Additional benefit deductions for ADP integration
• and much more...

US Senate Fails to Pass ACA Repeal Bill

US Senate Fails to Pass ACA Repeal Bill

Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill which intended to repeal many requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

While the future of the ACA repeal effort is certainly unclear at this time, pending any further developments, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance and reporting.

At Flock our goal is to provide the tools to keep your ACA house in order... visit our recent post on how Flock simplifies the process of ACA reporting.

 

Looking for an all-in-one solution? Join us at one of our weekly webinars to discover all the powerful features Flock offers. 


The information provided here does not constitute, nor serve as a substitute for legal advice. Please consult legal counsel to ensure all facts and circumstances are taken into account in complying with applicable state and federal law.

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA reporting isn’t a simple business...it’s confusing, and, more importantly, it’s new to most brokers and employers alike. Flock has offered an ACA reporting solution since this became a requirement in 2016 with passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

California Paid Sick Leave ~ Updates

California Paid Sick Leave ~ Updates

California paid sick leave was a bit convoluted for many employers (to say the least) when it first appeared in 2015. and recently the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released some new and improved FAQs related to and addressing California's paid sick leave law.

Benefits - What really is an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)?

Benefits - What really is an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)?

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide critical support services both on a company-wide basis as well as to individual employees and family members experiencing personal issues and challenges. We have seen these programs in action in unique workplace challenges and everyday employee life stressors.

Flock's Reference Documents section, which stores the EAP information & contact information 24/7 has you covered! 

 

ACA - How Would an Employer Appeal a Marketplace Notice?

ACA - How Would an Employer Appeal a Marketplace Notice?

Most employers have yet to experience a Marketplace notice (Sample). We want to share the steps you should consider to appeal or respond to a Marketplace request if one does appear in your mailbox. If you are using Flock, we automatically track this ACA offer of coverage data from the HRIS/Benefits and the Compliance module. Also, reach out to your trusted broker for any advice and direction they can provide from internal counsel. 

Compliance Update - Form 5500 filings

Compliance Update - Form 5500 filings

Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan(s), may need to be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the last day of the seventh month after your benefit plan year ends. 

Product Release | 07.03.17

Product Release | 07.03.17

If you catch yourself smiling more and feeling increasingly carefree during the longer days of the season, consider it a side effect of this time of year or maybe it’s related to our newest Flock release enhancing overall functionality and many new cool features. 

Product Release | 05.15.17

Product Release | 05.15.17

The Flock Engineering Team has been at it again and this release coincides with one of our favorite Holidays, MOM’s DAY! Moms teach us to innovate, never give up and subtly created the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us.…we can certainly say their Moms are proud of them for this release.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Product Release | 04.10.2017 - Welcome to Flock 2.0!

Product Release | 04.10.2017 - Welcome to Flock 2.0!

This release marks a new phase in our journey to have the highest productivity, easiest to use solutions for clients, with a simple and clean user interface and significant improvements to our end user experience. We have also taken our platform to a whole new level of interoperability to allow viable, customer chosen solutions from the rich HR and Benefits ecosystem that we are part of, without the silos imposed by others. Thanks again to our customers and partners for their enthusiastic support and feedback.

Build a thriving workplace culture: 5 steps to a better business

Build a thriving workplace culture: 5 steps to a better business

As a small- to mid-sized employer, it may seem intimidating to construct your own culture. This is all the more true if you serve an industry and are up against major competitors, each of which already have a thriving culture that retains employee loyalty while attracting customers left and right.

Are your clients looking for a new healthcare broker? Here are 5 ways to find out!

Are your clients looking for a new healthcare broker? Here are 5 ways to find out!

Many small business owners (your clients included) don’t pay much attention to their broker most of the time. In fact, few pay attention at all, except when something goes wrong or a superior alternative emerges.

As a health insurance broker, it’s your job to proactively manage your clients’ interests and ensure they don’t need to look for other options. But because there are so many brokers vying for business, it’s important to anticipate if your clients are unhappy and in search of your replacement.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a mind reader to do this. Rather, you just need to know the 5 signs that you might be on the way out (and how to turn the process around if you are). Even better, we have these 5 signs below, making it easier than ever to maintain (and impress) your book of business.

Product Release | 01.30.2017

Product Release | 01.30.2017

New Year, New Features

True to our New Years Resolution of taking Flock to the next level, our engineering wizards have just completed another round of exciting usability features and product improvements. There's a little something for everyone... administrators, brokers and employees. Get the big picture here. 

You can also join our weekly webinar for a more in-depth look at all the exciting features within Flock!

Exit Interviews Can Provide Insights to Better Benefits Programs

Exit Interviews Can Provide Insights to Better Benefits Programs

The majority of HR professionals use the exit interview as an opportunity to see what isn't working and what employees like, paving the way for improvements. But one area HR professionals don’t focus enough on when it comes to exit interviews is benefits. Get a look a the reasons why, and what can be done.

 

Product Release | 12.20.2016

Product Release | 12.20.2016

In the spirit of the holidays, we've packaged up a few end of year surprises for all the good girls and boys. We wish you happy holidays and we look forward to sharing many more product development updates with you in the new year!

WHO SHOULD DRIVE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE?

WHO SHOULD DRIVE YOUR COMPANY CULTURE?

In a survey of over 1,800 U.S. adults conducted by the Workforce Institute, HR professionals, managers, and employees each feel as if they’re most important in defining workplace culture. In fact, only 9 percent of HR professionals and managers believe that employees play an active role in cultivating company culture, though 29 percent of employees would disagree. Alternatively, 28 percent of employees feel as if no one defines the workplace culture.

To say the least, this is troubling.

Flock & Beam Dental Announce Partnership

Flock & Beam Dental Announce Partnership

Beam Dental and Flock partner to offer a unique approach to dental plan coverage, HR and Benefits Administration. This partnership brings together innovative technologies to further enrich the user experience for Employers and Insurance Brokers.

 

Product Release | 11.17.2016

Product Release | 11.17.2016

No Turkey here... just a Flock product update stuffed with goodness. Seconds anyone?

May your stuffing be tasty, may your tofu or turkey be plump, may your potatoes and gravy have barely a lump, may your pies take the prize, may Flock free-up your time and keep it off your thighs :) 

Be the Proactive Benefits Adviser Clients are Looking for!

Be the Proactive Benefits Adviser Clients are Looking for!

As a health insurance broker, it's in your interest to become a true strategic partner by proactively managing your clients’ interests to ensure they don’t need, or want, to explore other options. But even under the best of circumstances things don't always go to plan, and with so many brokers vying for new business, it’s important to anticipate if your clients are becoming unhappy and in search for your replacement.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a mind reader to do this. Rather, you just need to know what to watch out for.  Read on for the 5 warring signs, with simple tips to maintain, impress and even build your book of business.