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Employee Benefits Resources

Employee_Benefits2.pngBuilt upon a tradition of integrity, industry leadership, and excellence, North Star’s Employee Benefits Division is committed to delivering tailored benefit solutions with thoughtful strategic planning, valuable professional services, and technology-based solutions. 

North Star offers a range of technology modules and administrative support to help you at every step of the way:

Client Service
We pride ourselves on the level of knowledge and service we bring to our clients. Each client works with a single point of contact, making working with us seamless and easy. 

Client Portal
Your organization will have access to a customized client portal available 24 / 7. Several features and tools available on the website include:

A portal for company-related information and resources

  • Customized welcome message and seasonal announcements
  • List of links to employer-recommended web resources
  • Company handbook, forms and policies

Management of personal employee information and resources

  • Employee directory and departmental contacts
  • Ability to add, review or update employee personal information
  • Manage time-off requests and history

One-stop resource for benefit plans information

  • Manage or view benefit elections
  • Compare plan benefits and obtain plan forms
  • View plan design information, including rates and eligibility
  • View carrier contact information

Communications

Our team will help you with the challenges employee communications can present.  With strategic planning and a thorough understanding of your communication objectives, we provide custom communication materials that will help your employees understand their plans and the issues influencing your benefits decisions.

We can assist you with all phases of employee communication, from employee meetings to payroll stuffers and informative brochures about employee benefits and wellness.

Strategic Planning

We will develop a customized strategic plan for you that defines your objectives and outlines the actions needed to fulfill those objectives. Our strategic planning services ensure an organized, complete approach to fulfilling your benefit needs.

Professional Services

Using advanced technology and consulting expertise, we provide a variety of value-added professional services to our clients. These services reduce customer costs, increase efficiency and improve employee satisfaction. 

Group Benefits Legal Services
North Star has retained legal services that will be able to provide consulting services* to you and your workplace on the following topics at your request:

    • COBRA/Minnesota continuation laws
    • Reporting and disclosure as it applies to welfare benefit plans (e.g. group benefits) ERISA
    • Coordination of benefits between Medicare and group health plans
    • Employer and Insurance Carrier obligations under HIPAA
    • Group Benefits and Federal Income Tax issues
    • Group Benefit issues arising under the FMLA
    • Other legal issues relating to group benefits

HR On Call
In situations where the expertise of a human resources professional may be warranted, North Star has teamed up with iVision Human Resources, LLC to assist organizations without an HR professional on the payroll. iVision helps ensure that recommendations made are suitable for your company and employees, without having you commit to full-time human resources support.

COBRA Administration
COBRA regulations can impose complex issues and potential liability on employers. Under state and federal law, past employees are entitled to a group health coverage certificate and if they opt to retain coverage under your group health insurance plan, you remain responsible for the administration of their premiums. Our team can help break down these issues and help you remain compliant.

ACA Reporting & Compliance
6055/6056 Reporting
1094/1095 Filing

Employee Benefits Statements

Legislative Briefs
The exclusive Legislative Brief publication summarizes recent federal legislative developments in the insurance and employee benefits industries.

 

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