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Reference & Compliance Resource

Providing health and welfare benefits is an increasingly complex element of business, and the risks for non-compliance are significant. Our Benefits Consultants will update you on legislative issues, as well as any changes within the marketplace that could affect your company. Seminars, newsletters and client advisories offer regular insights into HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA and other requirements so you can stay safely in compliance.

As an added feature, our Zywave Communications Specialist is tasked with monitoring regulatory and legislative developments, as well as with disseminating this information to employees and clients. Her main function is keeping current on changes in legislation, carrier and market changes, and emerging trends. In conjunction with our Consulting Manager, our Zywave Communications Specialist briefs our internal consulting team on a regular basis, and also produces regular client communications via client e-blasts and postings to your HRconnection and MyWave portals. If issues are more urgent, we send an immediate e-blast with the information, followed with a call from the consultant to review and discuss how the update or change impacts your specific organization.

The Zywave Communications Specialist stays involved with the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and attends local and national legislative affair briefings, as well as annual regulatory forums facilitated by the Department of Labor (DOL). As Northwestern Benefit's top researcher, our specialist obtains information from online resources, as well as through connections and relationships with the aides of state and federal policy makers. Further, we are a member of The International Foundation of Education, Benefits, and Compensation (IFEBC) and Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), among others.

What is HR Hotline?

At Northwestern Benefit, we are continually looking for ways to help make your job easier. We understand that Human Resource issues often require immediate attention from HR professionals with experience in managing specific issues. That’s why we provide all of our clients with access to on-call HR experts to answer your HR questions via a service called HR Hotline. And better yet, this service is available at no cost to you.

HR Hotline is a phone and internet-based HR support service for companies like yours where you can get quick answers or second opinions on your people management issues. This service can help you with:

  • Policy/Handbooks
  • Compliance
  • Recruiting & Hiring
  • Employee Relations
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Investigations
  • Terminations
  • Job Descriptions
  • Wage & Hour
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Workplace Safety
  • Performance Management
  • Workers’ Compensation

How does HR Hotline work? The service includes up to 3 hours per month of complimentarily live phone and email HR support from PHR and SPHR certified consultants. The HR Hotline is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. For your convenience, we have provided a logon link at the top of this page and on our home page. Please note that you must be a current Northwestern Benefit client to be able to access this service through the provided link.
 

   
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