News & Updates

Month: February 2018

The Value of Worksite Products

I have a confession to make – I was never a fan of selling worksite products!  Voluntary products (or more traditional group platform) were fine, but I always shied away from worksite due to the high-pressure tactics of some of the sales representatives or “overselling” of these products. Here is the problem, I ended shortchanging both employers and employees.  Employees love to have options and choices when it comes to the benefits they can purchase through their employer.  Employers love offering additional products and services to their employees at no additional cost.  When surveyed, employees consistently rank their employee benefits package higher when it includes worksite products. Nowadays, there isn’t much difference between voluntary benefits or worksite plans other than the chassis they are offered on.   Worksite or voluntary plans… Read more »

Make Your Own “Immunity” Shot

Eating healthy can help boost your immune system, keeping you strong when everyone around you is suffering. But if you need to up your defenses a little, consider a homemade immunity shot Immunity shots are basically small but potent doses of fresh juices loaded with healthy herbs and spices like ginger and tumeric. Here is my favorite Immunity Shot recipe.   2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice – High in Vitamin C Juice of one lemon – Improves Digestion ½ cup water – reduce acidity 1” fresh ginger, peeled & grated – helps soothe sore throat and settle your stomach ½” fresh turmeric, peeled & grated – anti-inflammatory & anti-viral 4 tbsp. Manuka honey – anti-bacterial and improves sore throat & immunity 20 drops of Oil of Oregano – powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off… Read more »

OCI Guy 2018 News Update

OCI Guy is covering the news desk today to bring you some important news updates.

Washington Paid Sick Leave – Are You Ready?

A phone call from a client reminded me that not everyone is ready for the new Washington Paid Sick Leave Law that went into effect 1/1/2018.  Here is a recap of the highlights, along with links to important notices that you will need in order to be in compliance with this law.  Current employees must be notified of your policy in writing no later than March 1, 2018, and new employees must be notified immediately upon employment.   The law generally applies to all employers in Washington State.  Employers in three local jurisdictions (Seattle, Spokane & Tacoma) include additional provisions. Paid Sick Leave Policy Employers should consider creating a paid sick leave policy to develop consistent workplace practices and communicate the new requirements to employees.  An employer must create a paid sick… Read more »