Entries by Adrienne Engel

Hays Companies Named “2018 Elite Agency”

Hays Companies is delighted to announce that we have been named a 2018 Elite Agency by Insurance Business America (IBA). This is the second consecutive year we have received the honor. The Elite Agency designation is awarded to the Top 35 brokerage firms across the country, who in 2017 achieved at least $25 million in […]

2018 W-2s and Your Employee Benefits

The January 31st W-2 deadline will be here before you know it, and there’s a lot your team needs to prepare between now and then. There are employee health and wellness benefits to keep in mind, much of which is outlined in the IRS’s 2018 General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. Below are the […]

2019 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service today announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for defined contribution and defined benefit plans for tax year 2019.  These items were detailed in Notice 2018-83. Highlights of Changes for 2019 The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings […]

Hays Companies Enters into Agreement to Join Brown & Brown, Inc.

(Minneapolis, MN)  Jim Hays, Chief Executive Officer of Hays Companies, and J. Scott Penny, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), today announced that Brown & Brown, Inc. (Brown & Brown) has entered into an agreement to acquire selected assets of the Hays Companies insurance operations.  The transaction is expected to close in […]

Hays Intern Selected as The Council Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Katie O’Keefe, a student at Drake University and a summer intern in the Hays Marketing Department, has been selected as a recipient of a $5,000 academic scholarship for the 2018-19 year academic year, as announced by The Council Foundation. The Council Foundation has maintained a competitive scholarship program for over ten years, for which top […]

Hays Companies Vice President Bruce Lyon Receives 2018 Excellence Award

Hays Companies of Kansas City is proud to announce that Bruce Lyon, Vice President and Director of Risk Management, was honored by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals with the 2018 CSP Award of Excellence. A leader in high quality credentialing for safety, health and environmental practitioners, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) was […]

Andrew Williamson Joins Hays Companies of Wisconsin Benefits Practice

Hays Companies of Wisconsin is pleased to announce that Andrew Williamson has joined the Benefits Practice, where he will focus on employers with under 200 employees.  Williamson brings 15+ years of consulting and brokerage experience with similarly-sized employer groups. “Our unique tools and industry-leading talent have led to expansive growth in our core business segment […]

Department of Labor’s Final Rule on Association Health Plans

On Tuesday, June 19th, the Department of Labor (DOL) released final rules for Association Health Plans (AHP).  In summary, the final rules will allow small businesses, including self-employed workers, to band together by geography or industry to obtain healthcare coverage as if they were a single large employer.  The intent is to provide greater negotiating […]

Webinar: M&A Impacts on Benefit Compliance

Corporate transitions like mergers and acquisitions are continuing at a rapid pace. When considering how these transactions and changes will impact employee benefit compliance, time is often limited. This 3o-minute webinar, presented by the Hays Benefits Research and Compliance Department, addresses the M&A impacts on Benefits Compliance. It covers common issues that companies need to […]