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Matt Ingold

Matt serves as Benetech's Director of Business Development. He helps employers reduce the cost of personnel management, and discover where improved talent management can give their business a competitive advantage.

By: Matt Ingold

February 27th, 2017

10 Ways to Prepare for a State Comptroller Payroll Audit

Compliance & Auditing | Payroll

While a necessary accountability measure, there are few things municipalities dread more than a visit from the State Comptroller. If unprepared, a routine audit can quickly monopolize the resources of already short-staffed town, village, and city administrative departments. So how can municipalities best prepare to for their next state comptroller audit? Auditor and Senior Examiner, William Naylor, of the NYS Comptroller’s Office shared a few insights at the 2017 New York Towns Conference.

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By: Matt Ingold

January 17th, 2017

Benetech Offers a New Approach for Better Payroll Customer Service

Workforce Management

You: Bee bop boo, beep beep bop, bo boo beep bop…ring…ring (you're dialing a number, use your imagination) Recorded Machine: "Hello. There are no available service representatives to take your call at present. Please enter your account ID, and someone will contact you in the next 24 hours. Your service ticket is #56920. Goodbye." Alright, so there is going to be a little bit of self-promotion peppered into this otherwise informative blog, but it certainly fits with our theme of sharing the latest trends in HR technology; one of them being a clamoring for improved payroll customer service. In this short blog we'll be discussing the ripple-effect of consequences that stem from poor payroll customer support. 

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By: Matt Ingold

January 3rd, 2017

What’s at Risk for Appeal in the Affordable Care Act in Early 2017?

Healthcare Compliance

With less than 3 weeks between today and Inauguration Day, there is a lot of speculation about the future of the Affordable Care Act. In this blog we’ll be reviewing the likely tactic of Budget Reconciliation that Congress will use to rapidly repeal the ACA, and discuss which provisions can and cannot be impacted by this tactic.

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By: Matt Ingold

December 5th, 2016

The Affordable Care Act 2017: What Stays, What Changes, and Thoughts on How it Happens

Healthcare Compliance

With much buzz in the media surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) amidst a Trump-administration, I’d like to focus on a few points to help us better frame a realistic discussion about the future of the ACA and American healthcare. Beyond the millions of Americans reliant upon government subsidies for affordable healthcare, there is also roughly 20% of America’s gross domestic product, according to a recent report, that is fueled by stakeholders in the insurance or healthcare industry. In other words, there are a lot of lobbyists that will be weighing in on discussions surrounding the future of American healthcare. So what do we know?

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3 Most Common Mistake Employers Make When Offering Benefits

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

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By: Matt Ingold

November 21st, 2016

IRS Extends 2016 ACA Reporting Deadline for Employers to Furnish 1095 Forms to Employees

Healthcare Compliance

While we were not expecting it, we certainly are not complaining. On November 18, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-70, granting Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) an additional month to furnish individual employee 1095-C and 1095-B Returns. The IRS cited the reason for the extension being that the Treasury Department had determined a significant number of ALEs and insurance providers would need the additional time to analyze 2016 reporting data and complete their reports on time. Here are a couple of key points to keep in mind regarding Notice 2016-70:

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By: Matt Ingold

October 10th, 2016

Ten Cost Considerations for In-House ACA Compliance

Healthcare Compliance

It’d be nice to have another 2 month extension this year for ACA filing. It'd also be nice If I could see the Chicago Bears win the Superbowl again before I die. I’m not holding my breath. To comply with in-house resources, or outsource ACA compliance—that is the question! As we approach our second year of mandatory IRS filing (wow that was fast) Applicable Large Employers subject to the Employer Shared-Responsibility Mandate of the Affordable Care Act are faced yet again with the decision on how they will complete their annual filing requirements. For those conducting the cost-benefit analysis of in-house filing, here are ten costs to consider when looking to comply with in-house resources. Brace yourself, this might sting a little.

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By: Matt Ingold

September 29th, 2016

Three Employee Communications When Introducing HDHPs

HR Best Practices | Healthcare Compliance

Who doesn’t want to reduce stress on their employees? Apparently, open enrollments aren't helping. A recent study conducted by Harris Pole of over 2100 employees revealed that roughly 50% of employees find the open enrollment process to be “Always Stressful” and over 40% described selecting health benefits as “Very Confusing.” Makes sense—you’ve got HMOs, PPOs, EPOs, HSAs, FSA, HRAs, HDHPs…and suddenly I’m thinking about Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam. When employees are looking at selecting a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) for the first time, here are a few things worth sharing.

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By: Matt Ingold

September 26th, 2016

Why Growth Cannot Occur Without Scalability in HR

Strategic HR | HR Technology

Assuming the market conditions are right, the internal requirements for business growth are unchanging—scalability of resources, profitability for capital reinvestment, and the right team makeup and vision to propel you to the next level. That being said, while the recipe for growth hasn’t changed, the ingredients are becoming scarcer. In today’s workplace, mid-market employers encounter ever-increasing regulatory burdens, high talent-acquisition costs, and bolting healthcare prices. It’s difficult to recruit top-talent and be scalable when health coverage is more expensive to offer and regulatory burdens tie up HR and executive staff with transactional work. In other words, rising healthcare costs and regulatory requirements are eroding effective staff utilization, killing scalability and recruitment, and depleting profitability for capital reinvestment. When growth happens, at best, it’s at a slow pace. What’s the solution?

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Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.

Before you leave...

Mistakes are expensive, especially when building benefit plans.

We've outlined the 3 most common mistakes employers make when offering benefits in a quick ebook. Get your copy free when you subscribe to our blog.