15 Feb

Merchants Bonding Company names Truss among it’s Surety Elite

Merchants Bonding Company recognizes top contract surety agencies and agents for their surety excellence and year-over-year achievements. Demonstrating uncommon excellence in surety, Champions are recognized as experts in the surety industry and considered among the most influential and trusted surety professionals in the United States.

Elite surety partners have demonstrated:

Top Surety Professionalism
Commitment to Future Growth
Understanding of our Common Sense Underwriting Approach

13 Feb

TrussU Presents: Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Keeping the EEOC Happy

The issue of harassment is top of mind to many right now. Join us for a FREE webinar as we discuss the “why” and “how” of preventing and responding to all instances of discrimination and harassment in your organization.

Hosts: Jeff DeWolf, Practice Leader and Stephanie Moore, SPHR, Senior Consultant

February 27, 2018
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

You’ll learn what the EEOC considers an effective program of prevention, training, and response. You’ll also learn about training options available for consideration. Finally, you’ll get practical instruction into how to conduct your own internal investigations in response to a complaint of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.

Space is limited to 50 participants.
One Professional Development Credit Available (HRCI and SHRM)

Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truss-webinar-preventing-and-responding-to-harassment-tickets-42240084229 

08 Feb

Congratulations to our 2017 Surety Partner of the Year…. Zurich!

We are pleased to recognize Zurich, N.A. as our Surety Partner of the Year. Congratulations! You have been a pleasure to work with throughout the last two years.

At the end of each year, we look back at the year and take stock. One of the most important aspects of the Surety Department is the relationships we have with all our surety partners. We hold each relationship in high regard, but alas each year we must identity just one surety partner that’s provided an exceptional level of service throughout the year. The award recognizes not only the branch manager and the underwriters, but also takes into consideration in the organization who helps the Truss Surety Department to succeed. Therefore we do consider the number of accounting differences, errors and slowness in responding to all of our requests and more.

2017 Surety Partner of the Year

Past award winners include

  • 2007 – Zurich
  • 2008 – CNA Surety and United Fire & Casualty Company
  • 2009 – Merchants Bonding
  • 2010 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2011 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2012 – Berkley Surety
  • 2013 – Old Republic Surety Company
  • 2014 – CNA Surety
  • 2015 – Merchants Bonding Company
  • 2016 – Liberty Mutual Insurance and Zurich
  • 2017 – Zurich

Thanks again to Zurich for a job well done and good luck to all of our sureties in 2018!

02 Feb

February 2018 TrussConnect

2017 ACA Reporting Requirements and Deadlines

A quick reminder that as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some employers are required to complete and send forms 1094/1095 to employees and the IRS at the end of each tax year.

Who has to report?

  • All Employers with 50+ Employees
  • ALL Self-Insured Employers (including carrier level-funded)

When are the 2017 forms due?

  • 1095 Forms to Employees: March 2, 2018
  • 1094 Forms to IRS: February 28, 2018

What can Truss do to help you?

Truss has partnered with DIY1095, a complete Do-It-Yourself form generation engine that delivers a simple, easy-to-use mechanism all to help you produce 1094/1095 forms.

  • What is the cost? $250 for employers with under 100 employees and $500 for employers with 100 or more employees.

If you have any questions about the ACA reporting or the DIY1095 product, please contact your Truss client advisor.

TrussU Presents: Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Keeping the EEOC Happy

Hosts: Jeff DeWolf, Practice Leader | Stephanie Moore, SPHR, Senior Consultant

February 27, 2018
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Unless you’ve been living on a different planet, you know that harassment is still alive and well in our society. Employers are obligated to provide a safe and respectful work environment for employees. To do this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission expects us to both prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment in our work places.

In this free webinar, we share our thoughts on best practices for demonstrating your commitment to preventing workplace disrespect and responding to it should it occur. While we’d like to keep the EEOC happy with our efforts, it’s the right thing to do to keep our employees happy with their experiences at work.

Space is limited to 50 participants.
One Professional Development Credit Available (HRCI and SHRM)

Register today at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truss-webinar-preventing-and-responding-to-harassment-tickets-42240084229 

Two West and Spencer Fane Present: Fiduciary 101

Join Two West Companies and Spencer Fane LLP as they help plan sponsors understand and comply with the strict legal obligations that apply to plan fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Each webinar is pre-approved for one HRCI or Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recertification hour.

February 7, 2018
Noon CST 401(k) https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126647847074964483
1 p.m. CST 403 (b) https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8976312162218220547

For a complete list of upcoming webinars visit http://www.twowestcompanies.com/boardroom-webinars/

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Truss.

31 Jan

Truss Presents: Preventing and Responding to Harassment, Keeping the EEOC Happy

February 27, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m.

Hosts:
Jeff DeWolf, Practice Leader
Stephanie Moore, SPHR, Senior Consultant

Summary:
Unless you’ve been living on a different planet, you know that harassment is still alive and well in our society. Employers are obligated to provide a safe and respectful work environment for employees. To do this, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission expects us to both prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment in our work places.

In this free webinar, we share our thoughts on best practices for demonstrating your commitment to preventing workplace disrespect and responding to it should it occur. While we’d like to keep the EEOC happy with our efforts, it’s the right thing to do to keep our employees happy with their experience at work.

Limited to 50 participants. One Professional Development Credit Available (HRCI and SHRM).

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truss-webinar-preventing-and-responding-to-harassment-tickets-42240084229

29 Jan

We’re Hiring!

We are seeking driven people to join our benefits, loss prevention, and property and casualty teams. Join our growing team!

26 Jan

2017 ACA Reporting Requirements and Deadlines

A quick reminder that as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some employers are required to complete and send forms 1094/1095 to employees and the IRS at the end of each tax year.

Who has to report?

  • All Employers with 50+ Employees
  • ALL Self-Insured Employers (including carrier level-funded)

When are the 2017 forms due?

  • 1095 Forms to Employees: March 2, 2018
  • 1094 Forms to IRS: February 28, 2018

What can Truss do to help you?

Truss has partnered with DIY1095, a complete Do-It-Yourself form generation engine that delivers a simple, easy-to-use mechanism all to help you produce 1094/1095 forms.

What is the cost? $250 for employers with under 100 employees and $500 for employers with 100 or more employees.

If you have any questions about the ACA reporting or the DIY1095 product, please contact your Truss client advisor.

25 Jan

2018 Fiduciary Education Webinars

Join Two West and Spencer Fane LLP as the help plan sponsors understand and comply with the strict legal obligations that apply to plan fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as well as applicable state laws.

Fiduciary 101 | February 7 | Register
A Fiduciary’s Approach To Investments | May 2 | Register
Fees & Fiduciaries | August 1 | Register
Fiduciary Hot Topics  | November 7 | Register

Each webinar is presented twice – once for 401(k) plan sponsors (Noon, CST) and once for 403(b) plan sponsors (1pm, CST).

We know you’re busy and these webinar times might not work for you. Good news! If you register for a webinar and cannot attend, the recording will automatically be emailed to you the day after so you can watch  at your convenience.

Due Diligence & Continuing Education

To help you document your fiduciary due diligence efforts, attendees will receive a certificate of completion following each webinar. Best practices suggest attending at least one webinar annually.

These webinars are also pre-approved for one HRCI or SHRM recertification hour.

17 Jan

We have BIG news!

We are excited to share our BIG news… we are moving midyear 2018! Check out these great photos from our #demoday and check back for updates! http://trussadvantage.com/headquarters/

12 Jan

New Rules Proposed for Expansion of Association Health Plans

From Mark Avery, Chief Strategy Officer

In response to President’s Trump Executive Order last October, the Department of Labor on Thursday released proposed draft regulations for the expansion of Association Health Plans.  This is something to watch closely in the months ahead.

There are many implications, but the most significant change from today is currently business groups, or associations, that want to sponsor an AHP, must be organized for purposes beyond simply the creation of a health program.   Under the proposed regulations, that’s not the case. A health program would be reason enough.  According to the DOL’s release, “a plan could serve employers in a state, city, county, or a multi-state metro area, or it could serve all the businesses in a particular industry nationwide”.

As with most things, the devil will live in the details, but depending on how the rules are ultimately written this could have a tremendous impact on the small group health market.  Interestingly, we might see much of it driven by the carriers themselves as they view it as another way to offer plans to smaller employers outside the requirements of ACA and modified community rating.

We will watch this closely.

Original article from Kaiser Health News: “Trump Administration Rule Paves Way For Association Health Plans