Rock the Foundation Awards Grants to San Diego Non-Profits

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock October 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On September 29th, the Barney & Barney Foundation got its groove on and Rocked the Foundation once again. Back for its 7th year, the 2016 Rock the Foundation annual benefit concert proved to be our best one yet! From the cool tunes of headliner Atomic Groove to the fabulous silent auction packages to the interactive GIF photo booth, it was a night to remember. We’d like to thank all of our sponsors, attendees, donors, and volunteers for helping to make this event a smashing success.

In addition to all the fun, the Barney & Barney Foundation was fortunate enough to honor four inspiring San Diego non-profit organizations and awarded a total of $110,000 in grants. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.

Women’s Resource Center received the largest grant of the evening— $50,000 —which will help support their mission. This organization is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter, and education to North San Diego County women, children, and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault. Fellow 2016 Grant Recipients included Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, and Social Advocates for Youth who were each awarded $20,000 to continue their inspiring important work in the community. Check out pictures from the evening here.

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Topics: Community Outreach

The Best Way to Respond to a Cyber Breach: PREPARE

By Mike Grant, Director, Technology Practice

clock October 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Thanks to a number of high profile cases of cyber theft, many companies are aware of the threat of a cyber or data breach. Most know that it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” they will get hit. After all, every company has information hackers can profit from such as stolen identities, credit card information or proprietary secrets, to name a few.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Cyber & Data Security

Boost Your Wellness Program with MMA MarketLink

By Miki Kobane, Wellness Director

clock October 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Employers are increasingly recognizing the value of offering a wellness program. Studies show that there’s a correlation between healthy employees and employee productivity, among other benefits. (1)  

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Topics: Wellness

A Small Group Benefits Solution for Charter Schools

By Pedro Reyes, Charter School Practice Group Leader

clock September 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Since January 1, 2016, employers with 51-100 benefit eligible employees are considered small group employers. As a newly labeled “small business,” you may see rate increases of 20-30%, depending on your group, if you haven’t already.

Why the big jump in rates?

The change is tied to rules that apply to small groups. Small groups are charged with what the insurance industry calls “age-banded” rates. Age-banded simply means age-based. In other words, cost is assessed for the age of each employee and spouse in the group. The shift adds another obstacle in the quest to offer affordably priced health care coverage.

If you are one of these employers, the following is a quick summary of things to be aware of.

For all renewals moving forward, employers with 51 to 100 benefit eligible employees will:

  1. Move from large group to small group
  2. Pay medical rates based on each family member’s age and not the employee’s age
  3. Have rates based on the ZIP code of the employer (instead of the employees’ residential zip codes)
  4. Potentially lose online administration of benefit eligibility
  5. Cease to receive underwriting discounts for industry and favorable employee demographics

Solution for CharterShield School Employers

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Topics: Employee Benefits

Barney & Barney Associates Give Back: 2016 Rock the Foundation Grant Recipient Volunteer Events

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock September 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Over the past couple of months, Barney & Barney associates volunteered with two of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Women’s Resource Center and Social Advocates for Youth, both based in San Diego. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with these inspiring organizations and witness firsthand the incredible mark they make on our community. Both will be honored and awarded grants on Thursday, September 29 at the 2016 Rock the Foundation benefit concert.

Women’s Resource Center is dedicated to providing quality supportive services, counseling, shelter, and education to North San Diego County women, children, and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or assault. During Barney & Barney’s volunteer day, associates were able to walk through Women’s Resource Center’s facility and get a better understanding of how their services impact their clients. Additionally, associates got the chance to help spruce up the shelters, doing everything from painting fences to building furniture. 

Volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center allowed me to see and learn about an incredibly important service within the San Diego community. The staff was extremely appreciative of our time, and it was great meeting new co-workers along the way too. - Katie Pierce, Compensation Consultant

I was moved by how Women’s Resource Center has made a safe and supportive facility for women in need. It was so great to see so many people helping as well, from painting fences to sanding the handrails on the stairs! It was an honor to help “spruce-up” their facility for this wonderful organization. - Andrew DaSilva, Benefit Analyst

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Topics: Community Outreach

It’s Not A Typo. Employee Benefit Rates Are Actually Going Down For Some Life Science And Biotech Companies.

By Madalyn Altschuler, Manager, MarketLink & Benefits Communications

clock September 13, 2016 at 10:05 AM

At a time when employee benefits are rising at almost double-digit rates, how is it possible for rates to be dropping for some firms?

You just need to belong to Beyond Benefits.

The window of opportunity, however, is quickly closing. Deadline for enrollment in the trust and access to below market rates is September 30, 2016.

Founded by BIOCOM in partnership with Barney & Barney, Beyond Benefits enables life science and biotech companies to pool their purchasing power and secure employee benefit rates similar to organizations with a large number of employees.

In 2017, the 198 members of Beyond Benefits will see a 1.4% rate reduction. Meanwhile, companies not participating in Beyond Benefits will likely face an average rate increase of 9.2%* in 2017.

Since 2012, Beyond Benefits has saved member companies more than $89 million in medical premiums, or about $6 million annually. More than 6,500 biotech and life sciences employees are covered by the program.

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Topics: Employee Benefits, Market Trends

Sneak Peak of the RTF 2016 Headliner: Atomic Groove

By Arlene Lieberman, Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation

clock September 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Returning to the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert is sure to be another fun-filled event that you don’t want to miss! This year, the Barney & Barney Foundation will be awarding over $200,000 in grants, part of which will be presented to San Diego non-profits at Rock the Foundation: Boy’s & Girl’s Club of San Dieguito, Junior Achievement of San Diego County, Social Advocates for Youth, and Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of our awesome headliner, Atomic Groove. With a repertoire ranging from classic rock to dance jams from the 60’s to today's hits, Atomic Groove is a high-energy band, sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Join us on Thursday, September 29th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as we rock out with an amazing band, enjoy delicious food and drinks and celebrate our 2016 grant recipients. Get your tickets today:

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Topics: Community Outreach, Culture

Want a Leading-Edge Workforce? Tap into Their Passion for Learning

By Jessica Beatty, Senior Organizational Learning Specialist

clock August 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM

According to Forbes, technology is changing so rapidly that the need for employees who can learn and adapt is outpacing the need for traditional “knowledge workers.”  Jacob Morgan, Forbes contributor, adds, “Alongside the growth of learning workers comes the growth of learning organizations. These organizations are led by learning workers who adapt and evolve as the industry changes. Instead of having a stiff business plan and set of processes, learning organizations value collaboration and innovation. As the future of work continues to take shape, learning organizations are the ones that will be leading the pack.”1

So, what does it mean to be a “learning organization” and what are some of the ways companies can encourage a leading-edge, learning culture?

In 2005, Barney & Barney answered this question by forming a department dedicated to providing company-wide learning opportunities. Since its inception, our Organizational Learning department has developed educational programs using industry-leading methodologies and solutions that support our business strategies by improving leadership abilities, technical and systems knowledge, and personal and professional excellence.

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Topics: Inside B&B

Workers’ Comp: Will You Be Paying More in 2017?

By David Freeman, Director, Commercial Sales

clock August 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Beginning in September, companies across California will learn whether they will be paying more for workers’ compensation insurance next year.

For some doing business in the Golden State, it will be an unwelcome surprise. The increase could be significant.

The potential rate changes are due to a rule approved last year by California Insurance Commissioner David Jones. Beginning in 2017, the formula to determine an organization’s “experience modification,” the rate used to calculate workers’ comp pricing, will change.

The rationale for the change was to level the playing field for small businesses. Previously, the one-size-fits all formula had the potential to unfairly penalize smaller organizations.  A few claims had a dramatic affect on their workers’ comp premiums, a consequence usually not seen with larger businesses.

For many, the new formula will likely result in little change in their workers’ comp premium. However, it’s likely that some large and small employers with a higher frequency of claims will see a dramatic impact.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Market Trends, Workers' Compensation

The Cyber Security Threat Remains Real

By Mike Grant, Director, Technology Practice

clock August 17, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Big companies usually make the headlines when hackers compromise the confidentiality of millions of customers, but the truth is that 60% of all cyber breaches last year involved small and midsize businesses.

What’s more, many small to midsize firms typically prudent in other aspects of their business haven’t taken the time to understand the data security threat nor are they effectively managing the issue, according to new survey data from MMA.

Unprepared and Unaware

The 12-page report, 2015/2016 Cyber & Data Security Risk Survey for Small and Midsize Employers, highlights the fact that many are underestimating the potential danger to their business. Notably, the survey found the following:

  • Just 6% of the respondents said they thought their organization’s data security was “bomb proof.”
  • 2% said they did not have a corporate recovery plan to deal with the loss of confidential, personally identifiable information.
  • 9% said their organization did not have the expertise to develop any kind of data security plan.
  • Not surprisingly, those organizations that regularly talk about data security and risk management at the C-level are twice as likely to have implemented a recovery program to help manage a data security breach.

What To Do

Do something.  Most companies get overwhelmed even thinking about how to prepare or prevent cyber attacks.  From our experience, preparation is key to a company’s success in surviving a data breach.  And that preparation can be as simple as 1-2-3.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Cyber & Data Security

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