2020 Employee Benefits Benchmark Report

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The Biz Tips Employee Benefits Podcast aims to simplify all the benefits jargon we know is confusing. We will feature discussions with our national experts on compliance, cost savings strategies, pharmacy considerations, benefit plan strategies, and health insurance 101. Our goal here is to educate, to turn the confusing world of health insurance and employee benefits into practical uses, and to have a little fun. Whether you're an HR expert or a benefits novice, this podcast is for you.

About the Host - Danny Ritz

Danny joined CBIZ as a Benefits Consultant in March of 2017 and have built a diverse book of business in the year since joining the team. With clients ranging from craft breweries to higher education, he’s gotten to work with employers with a wide variety of needs. Large and small, local and multi-site, each group faces different problems that need to be solved. He hopes the podcast is an entertaining look into the complexities of employee benefits and shows off just how lucky we are to have national experts like the ones we have at CBIZ.    


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Episode 9 - Financial Wellbeing & the Employee Experience

Research shows that employees who feel more financially secure in their personal life are happier and more productive in their work lives. In this episode, our host, Danny Ritz, is joined by Stan and Sue, two CBIZ subject matter experts who discuss how employers can prioritize wellbeing and empower their employees to live their best financial lives.

About the Guest Speakers - Stan Milovancev & Susan Trogu

Stan is an executive vice president at CBIZ Retirement Plan Services and is associated with CBIZ Investment Advisory Services as a Financial Advisor. He works with plan sponsors to help them meet their organization’s retirement plan goals and manage the personal liability associated with being a fiduciary to a qualified plan. He provides consulting services to private and public companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

Susan is an Engagement & Wellbeing Consultant that works with clients in designing, implementing, administering and managing strategic workplace wellness programs customized to each employer’s culture and needs. Sue collaborates with employers to help improve employee wellbeing through assessing workplace environment, culture and philosophies and then incorporating wellness design to compliment health plan attributes.

Additional Resources

Roadmap - Managing Through COVID-19 & Beyond: An HR, Benefits & Compliance Roadmap for Employers

On-Demand Webinar - Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Workplace Wellbeing Program

Episode 8 - Get Ready ... It's Renewal Season!

Ready or not, renewal season is underway! In this episode, Polly Thomas, President of CBIZ Employee Benefits - Kansas City & Denver, shares tips on how to stay proactive during renewal season. Tune in to ear how to navigate renewal season with no surprises, as well as what Polly's crystal ball is saying about the effects of COVID-19 on this year's renewals. 

About the Guest Speaker - Polly Thomas

Polly Thomas is the President of CBIZ Employee Benefits - Kansas City & Denver. With over 16 years of experience, her focus is on assisting employers with strategic health and welfare plans that are focused on long term cost containment and health improvement. 

Additional Resources

Guide - Open Enrollment Success Guide

Popular Article - Benefits Communication to Meet Changed Employee Expectations

Episode 7 - Digital Communication in a Remote World

In this episode, we talk to CBIZ Employee Benefits’ National Director of Communications, Alex Lanning, who works with clients to develop effective benefits communications strategies that drive action and engage employees. You won’t want to miss her explain how important it is to have a digital communication strategy, why industry jargon should be removed from our vocabulary and what it takes to engage a remote workforce with “rock-enroll.”

About the Guest Speaker - Alex Lanning

Alex Lanning is the Director of communications in our CBIZ Employee Benefits Division. Alex holds two key roles. First, enabling our Sales Teams better tell the CBIZ story to their potential buyers through the RFP and Finalist processes and second, helping clients better explain their benefit plans and initiatives to their employees using effective communication strategies.

Additional Resources

3-Part Webcast Series - Going Digital: The Secret to Impactful Employee Benefits Communication

Article - Going Digital: How to Communicate Benefits to a Remote Workforce

Episode 6 - Diving into Diversity

While COVID-19 will remain an ongoing topic of discussion, this week’s episode is centered around Diversity and Inclusion. Steve Sublett joins us to provide insight on everything from horse farms to effective company diversity initiatives. Steve explains the business case for prioritizing diversity, the actionable steps we can all take to further this initiative, and the positive effects of glamping during COVID-19.

About the Guest Speaker - Steve Sublett

Steve Sublett serves as the SVP of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Division and leader of the CBIZ Diversity and Inclusion task force. In these roles, Steve is responsible for the oversight of many of our value added services provided to our CBIZ Clients along with the strategic direction of CBIZ's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Additional Resources

Roadmap - Managing Through Covid-19 & Beyond: An HR, Benefits & Compliance Roadmap for Employer

On-Demand Webinar - Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Workplace Wellbeing Program

Episode 5- Well, well, well: Wellbeing in a Time of Crisis

In this episode, we talk to Engagement & Wellbeing Consultant LaTonia McGinnis, who works with clients to help them better understand the benefits of a holistic approach to the wellbeing of their employees. With plenty of laughs along the way, LaTonia provides us with some tangible ways we can all support each other during these times.

About the Guest Speaker - LaTonia McGinnis

LaTonia McGinnis serves as CBIZ's Engagement and Wellbeing Consultant working with our clients to understand their business needs and identify the unique factors impacting health and productivity within their organization. She provides recommendations to enhance employee wellbeing, spark engagement in programs and resources, and create the conditions for thriving workplace cultures.

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Episode 4- Corporate Risk Managers: How Do They Sleep at Night?

In this episode, we talk with Kristen Peed, CBIZ's Director of Corporate Risk Management to discuss navigating unknown territory, adjusting risk strategies as things continue to change, and how to remain vigilant in order to protect your company and your employees. You won’t want to miss the great insights she shares, served (as always) with a little bit of humor on the side.

About the Guest Speaker - Kristen Peed

Kristen Peed serves as the Director of Corporate Risk Management at CBIZ, Inc. As COVID-19 took over the world, her position lent her a first-hand view of how the pandemic was affecting businesses and the corporate risk management realm.

Additional Resources

Roadmap - Managing Through Covid-19 & Beyond: An HR, Benefits & Compliance Roadmap for Employer

FAQ - Coronavirus: Impact on Benefits and Employment


Episode 3 - COVID-19 Claims: The Benefit After-Shocks

In this episode, we talk with Chris Davis, the CBIZ Director of our Health Innovation Practice, to discuss the logistics of a COVID claim and what the law says about the way hospitals can charge for treating COVID patients. Now that we are seeing COVID-19 claims hit the system, how exactly are they impacting employer sponsored health plans and how are hospitals getting reimbursed for COVID claims?

About the Guest Speaker - Chris Davis

 Chris Davis serves as the national leader for health innovations and provides insight and tactics related to our unified pharmacy, wellbeing, actuarial and clinical consulting experts.

Additional Resources

Guide - 2020 State of Healthcare: Large Employer Strategies to Combat Rising Costs

On-Demand Webinar - Exploring Alternative Health Plan Funding Options & the Effects on Employee Benefits Programs


Episode 2 - Ask the Actuary: COVID-19 By the Numbers

In this episode, we interview our National Health Care Actuarial Lead, Dave Rubadue, who will break down the financial impact COVID-19 has on employer health plans. You'll hear it all - from what it's like to have quadruplets to the effects of COVID-19 on employers’ claims costs. And does it have any correlation to sports predicting models? We will find out!

About the Guest Speaker - Dave Rubadue

 David Rubadue serves as the national leader for health insurance and employee benefit actuarial engagements and initiatives. He has performed expertise work (retiree medical), special morbidity studies (Asbestos and AIDS), and many unique forecasting projects that utilize his actuarial experience and education.


Additional Resources

Handbook - Employer Compliance Handbook: COVID-19's Impact on Benefits and Employment

Popular Article - 6 Employee Benefits Cost-Mitigation Strategies Organizations are Implementing


Episode 1 - CBIZ Prescribes: Coronavirus, A Pharmacist's Perspective

In this episode, we interview our National Pharmacy Practice Lead and licensed pharmacist, Mike Zucarelli, about what is going on in the world of pharmacy during the COVID-19 era. Mike offers words encouragement and advice, and he delivers it all with a sense of humor.

About the Guest Speaker - Michael Zucarelli, PharmD

 Michael Zucarelli serves as CBIZ’s National Pharmacy Practice Lead for clients, providing financial and clinical guidance to optimize a group’s pharmacy program and overall benefit strategy that is cost-effective, compliant and sustainable. 

Additional Resources

On-Demand Webinar - Rx Trends Amid COVID-19: Leveraging Pharmacy Benefit Plans to Improve Your Bottom Line

Playbook - The Employee Benefits Strategic Outcomes Playbook

About CBIZ Employee Benefits

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