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Health Care Reform – Wrapping Up 2016

By Christopher K. Bao, Regulatory Compliance Manager

clock December 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM

In 2016, many employers anticipated significant changes or, at least, clarification on Health Care Reform.  For the most part, the feds made no substantial changes nor released any major clarification on requirements. However, employers were impacted by some minor developments in the law.  

The most notable developments included:

  • Paid sick leave was a huge trend, with many states and municipalities implementing legislation to increase the amount of paid time off.
  • The government further developed the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination goal, and helped provide paid sick leave to government contractors.
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Topics: Employee Benefits, Legislative Compliance

Bay Area Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Non-Profits

By Jennifer Swartz, Communications Associate

clock November 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On November 7th, golfers teed off at the Barney & Barney Foundation’s 5th Annual Bay Area Golf Tournament at Sequoyah Country Club. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, the tournament proved to be our most successful one to date. Not only did we have the highest tournament turnout yet, but we also broke previous fundraising records. Click here to view photos from the event.

The Barney & Barney Foundation holds the tournament each year to raise awareness and provide grants to local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2009, the Barney & Barney Foundation has awarded nearly $2 Million in charitable grants.

This year, the Foundation awarded a total of $70,000 to two inspiring Bay Area non-profit organizations: Junior Achievement of Northern California and Girls Inc. of Alameda County.

Junior Achievement of Northern California helps provide youth with the skills they need to succeed in adulthood. Participants learn about finding a job, starting a business, and managing money. Junior Achievement is dedicated to preparing our youth for their dream career and will use their grant to further fulfill their goal of building a better workforce of tomorrow.

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Topics: Community Outreach

B&B GROW Welcomes Allison Compton as Orange County’s Inaugural Keynote Speaker

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

On November 2, 2016, B&B GROW* hosted its Inaugural Orange County Keynote Speaker Event at Center Club in Costa Mesa. U.S. Paralympian Allison Compton inspired the audience with her personal story of empowerment.

Allison lobbied to create the first U.S. Women’s Paralympic Volleyball Team and played for the team for many years. The team brought home the gold from Rio this past summer.  In addition to her success on the court, Allison has developed a successful career in business. In her address, she shared her experiences, the things she’s learned as a competitive athlete and how those lessons positively impact her life today.

Allison was born with an undeveloped femur and has worn a prosthetic leg since she began to walk. While she encountered obstacles along the way, Allison never let them keep her from living her life and playing the game she loved. She says, “It was never a matter of if I could do something, it was how.”

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Topics: G.R.O.W.

2016 Orange County Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event: Prepping for School with Assistance League of Santa Ana

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Barney & Barney associates got the opportunity to volunteer with Assistance League of Santa Ana, one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients. The Barney & Barney Foundation will award grants to both Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center at the Orange County Golf Classic, taking place on Monday, December 5.

Assistance League of Santa Ana serves over 2750 children, teens, and seniors through multiple programs including dental care, eye care, and Operation School Bell, which supplies underprivileged youth with the appropriate clothing and school supplies they need for the upcoming school year. Operation School Bell aims to help make students indistinguishable from their classmates, build their pride, and reduce the problem of school absences due to inadequate clothing.

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Topics: Community Outreach

Barney & Barney Associates Give Back: 2016 Bay Area Golf Classic Grant Recipient Volunteer Event

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Last week, Barney & Barney associates volunteered with one of our 2016 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients – Girls Inc. Associates had the opportunity to spend some time with Girls Inc. at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro and participate in one of their research-based programs. Girls Inc., along with Junior Achievement of Northern California will be honored and awarded grants on Monday, November 7 at the 2016 Bay Area Golf Tournament.

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Topics: Community Outreach

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 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

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