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CBD: Fact or Fiction? | NY Employee Benefits Advisors

The cannabidiol (CBD) market in the United States has taken off like a rocket. Some projections have this market reaching $16 billion by 2025. After years of singing its praises for treating, albeit illegally, a myriad of health issues, supporters of cannabis have seen an uptick of mainstream support in the last 2 years with … Continued

What You Need to Know: How COVID-19 Could Impact Your Clients’ Insurance | Employee Benefits Consultants

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens and becomes increasingly widespread, you will likely be facing more and more questions from your clients regarding business continuity planning. COVID-19 has already led to huge business interruptions, supply chain issues and liability concerns—all of which can open your clients up to claims. Employers, no matter their industry or size, … Continued

A Financial Lifeline You May Have Forgotten About | New York Benefits Firm

So much has happened in the last few days and weeks that I feel like months have passed. Social distancing is now on everyone’s lips. And the goal is noble: flatten “the curve” and prevent more people from getting sick from the Coronavirus. The impact, though, is being felt in so many ways by so … Continued

Stop – Stay Home – Start Something | NY Benefits Team

We are seeing so many changes to our work, personal, and social life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these changes can seem daunting and the obstacles they create insurmountable, this can be a time of healthy change. There is always the chance for good to happen when you stop, stay home, and start something. … Continued

Ask the Advisor: What’s the Difference Between a Furlough and a Layoff?

Question: What’s the difference between a furlough and a layoff? Answer: First, you should note that the language used when sending employees home for a period of time is less important than communicating your actual intent. Since temporary layoffs and furloughs are only used regularly in certain industries (usually seasonal), you should not assume that … Continued

Remote Work Challenges for HR | New York Benefits Group

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. Remote work, of course, is not something … Continued

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | NY Employee Benefits Agency

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship … Continued

Ask the Experts: Flu and FMLA | NY Benefits Partners

Question: Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Answer: Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. Some cases of the flu, however, are severe or … Continued

Service Animals in the Workplace | New York Benefits Advisors

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service … Continued

No Gym Required for These (Financial) Fitness Tips | NY Employee Benefits Agency

If you’re like me, your social-media feeds are jammed with headlines about getting “healthy and fit” in the new year. Of course, they’re referring to diet and exercise and common resolutions to drop pounds and work out more often. But it’s just as important to be concerned about your financial fitness—where you can also drop … Continued