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Secova's 2010 Business Outlook for HR Outsourcing
Previous adopters of human resources outsourcing (HRO) services are making significant changes when restructuring their end-of-term contracts. According to the Everest Research Institute, the end of term multi-process HRO market holds a great significance as $6 billion of contracts are nearing renewal in 2010 - 2012. What benefits administration initiatives are corporate HR currently investing in to reduce benefits costs and manage change?

COBRA UPDATES and EXTENDED SUBSIDIES
In response to a large number of questions received regarding eligibility for the COBRA premium reduction under current law, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has updated the COBRA page (www.dol.gov/COBRA) to add new FAQs here. We encourage readers to visit this page for updates.

COBRA Premium Extension Enacted By Congress
Today's healthcare is anything but simple. The current legislation seems to have acceded to most demands from Congress and the President alike. On December 21, 2009, President Obama signed legislation extending the COBRA eligiblity period through February 28, 2010 and the length of the subsidy (not to exceed the maximum period of 15 months). The new law addresses reservations businesses were facing regarding the extension of the COBRA premium susidy.

Electronic Delivery of Compliance Communications: How to Tell If It’s Right for You
Under Department of Labor regulations, certain information about employee benefit plans can be distributed electronically both within—and outside—the workplace. However, there are very specific rules about what types of information can be delivered electronically, who can receive such information—and how such information can be delivered. A careful review of these rules can help you decide whether electronic delivery makes sense for you.

Secova will be presenting The Practical Considerations to COBRA Administration
Secova, Inc. a leading provider of human resource and benefits management services, announced today that Jim Kelly, Vice President of Business Development and Karen Kerns, COBRA Unit Account Executive for Secova have been asked to speak at the National Retail Federation’s Human Resources Executives Summit .

Practical Considerations To COBRA Administration
Changing rules, regulations and court cases make COBRA extremely complex. The improper design, compliance and administration of COBRA can have costly results for employers with high employee turnover. It is Secova’s purpose to heighten awareness of COBRA policies and procedures in order to contend with the high-turnover rate indicative of the retail industry.

Buyers Study 2008: The Trends Employers Are Facing and the Plans They're Buying
What are the trends employers are facing when it comes to benefits? Unum shares its study.

More Women Turning to Social Security Disability Benefits; Mothers Should Know Their Options
Women's rate of disability increases by 72 percent since 1999.

Jobless Should Evaluate COBRA, Medicare in Light of 2009 Recovery Act
Allsup outlines COBRA and Medicare considerations; people with disabilities need to evaluate options for continuing healthcare coverage

Cobra Calculus
Jennifer Benz suggests helping employees recognize the value of company-sponsored benefits is important. Before you know it, they may not be available.

New White Paper Tells HR How to Meet COBRA and Other Obligations Under Stimulus Act
A new white paper, available for free download at HRhero.com, explains everything Human Resources professionals need to know about the new stimulus law’s effect on COBRA, unemployment insurance, tax credits and relief, health information privacy, visas, executive compensation, and whistleblowers.

New HoganPress Release Challenges the Validity of Strengths-Based Development for Managers
HoganPress is pleased to announce the publication of The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, the latest book from Robert B. Kaiser of Kaplan Devries Inc. This groundbreaking new work assembles a dream team of thought leaders in the field of management development to critically evaluate admonishments from “gurus” to managers to stop dwelling on their weaknesses and instead focus on their strengths.

As COBRA Costs Continue to Climb, Families Find Cheaper Health Insurance Alternatives
As COBRA costs continue to climb throughout the Florida and the US, many families are being forced to seek less expensive heath insurance alternatives to COBRA. Insurance companies are beginning to answer this demand by providing more health insurance plans that appeal directly to individuals on COBRA.

What Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan Means for Employee Benefits Plans
Sandwiched in with all the infrastructure development and green energy provisions of President Barack Obama and the Democrat's economic stimulus plan are several provisions that affect employee benefits, particularly health benefits. M. Lee Smith Publishers investigates.

Bridging the COBRA Gap When Layoffs Loom
HR departments coping with the fallout of layoffs should make sure departing employees are aware of temporary medical coverage that is available to them. Samuel H. Fleet investigates.

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HR.com and HR & Benefits Essential today announced that they have entered into an agreement that will allow HR.com premier members free access to HR & Benefits Essentials’ award-winning human resources and benefits library.

Travis Software Releases Summer 2008 Upgrade for WebCOBRA.com
Release Features Retiree Billing, Online Enrollment, and Document Upload Houston, TX. / October 1, 2008—Travis Software Corp., a market leader of advanced employee benefits software, announced today the Summer 2008 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system. The new version offers more enhanced features, including a new Retiree Billing add-on module, Online Enrollment, and Document Upload.

Release Features Retiree Billing, Online Enrollment, and Document Upload
Travis Software Corp., a market leader of advanced employee benefits software, announced today the Summer 2008 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system. The new version offers more enhanced features, including a new Retiree Billing add-on module, Online Enrollment, and Document Upload.

HR XCEL President Called in as Software as a Service (SaaS) Expert
WRAL’s Local Tech Wire tapped Janet LeClair, president of human resources outsourcing firm HR XCEL, as an expert panelist for its “SaaS Road Show.” LeClair is highly experienced in effectively employing SaaS, a topic that is catching fire across the country.

Warren L. Ezra Joins Benefit Concepts
Benefit Concepts, Inc. announced today that Warren Ezra has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager covering the Southeastern United States.

Travis Software Releases Spring 2008 Upgrade for WebCOBRA.com
Travis Software Corp., a market leader of advanced employee benefits software, announced today the Spring 2008 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system. The new version offers more enhanced features, including expanded API, sub-domains, and coupon enhancements.

Travis Software Corp., announced today the Spring 2008 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system
The new version offers more enhanced features, including expanded API, sub-domains, and coupon enhancements.

Janet Weinstock Joins Benefit Concepts to Direct Sales in the Southeastern U.S.
Benefit Concepts, Inc. announced today that Janet Weinstock has joined the company as Regional Sales Manager covering the Southeastern United States. In this new role Ms. Weinstock will be responsible for the distribution and management of the benefits administration outsourcing services offered by Benefit Concepts. Ms. Weinstock has established an office in Tampa, Florida to service clients located in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. In this capacity Janet will be working with both prospective end user clients and the broker/consultant community.

ProView Global selects COBRApoint to power revolutionary COBRA service
ProView Global, an industry-leading off-shore employee benefits outsourcing provider in Manila, Philippines, has recently selected COCO Development’s integrated suite of solutions including the COBRApoint 2.0 SaaS platform, COCO Payment Services and COCO Mail Solutions to further increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of their full service COBRA compliance administration services.

Travis Software Corp., announced today the Summer 2007 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system.
The new version offers more enhanced features, including Report Subscriptions, ACH Processing, and a Payment Schedule of Qualified Beneficiary (QB) premiums for easy review of upcoming payment amounts.

Report Subscriptions, ACH Processing, and Payment Updates Mark Summer Upgrade of Travis Software
Travis Software Corp., a market leader of Advanced Employee Benefits Software Administration, announced today the Summer 2007 upgrade of its WebCOBRA.com system. The new version offers more enhanced features, including Report Subscriptions, ACH Processing, and a Payment Schedule of Qualified Beneficiary (QB) premiums for easy review of upcoming payment amounts.

Travis Software Corp., announced current and future software features
Travis Software Corp., a market leader in Advanced Employee Benefits Software Administration and provider of TravisCobra software, announced current and future software features designed to manage the rising postal rates now facing employers and third-party administrators.

Travis Software Offers Ways for Employers to Manage Rising Postal Rates
Current, Future Editions of WebCOBRA Can Reduce Weight of COBRA Correspondence

Executive Summary:Outsourcing Human Resources
Outsourcing HR is still a relatively new frontier in business practices - it's been less than 10 years since its debut - and it's still growing rapidly in the U.S. Most analysts predict that the growth will continue at least through 2008. Many companies currently outsourcing HR say that they intend to continue and expand outsourcing in the coming three years to include leave management, training and development, payroll, recruitment, health and wellness program administration, and global mobility.

Travis Software Corp., announced today the availability of WebCOBRA.com's January '07 upgrade.
The new version offers more enhanced features, including a WebAPI service, bulk mailing and additional reports and options.

Secova Powered by Ultralink to Deliver Final Webinar in its 2006 Series
Secova powered by UltraLink, a leading provider of human resource and benefits management services, today announced the final webinar in its 2006 series entitled, “Maximizing Total Compensation as a Recruiting and Retention Tool” scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th at 12:00 pm PST. Company’s Chief of Client Consulting To Present New Webinar Following Successful Presentations at Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conferences

SECOVA POWERED BY ULTRALINK TO DELIVER FINAL WEBINAR
Company’s Chief of Client Consulting To Present New Webinar Following Successful Presentations at Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conferences

CONEXIS LAUNCHES ONLINE FSA QUOTING ENGINE
Web-based Proposals for Flexible Spending Account Services are Latest Example of CONEXIS´ Industry-Leading Benefits Administration Solutions

Travis Software Gives TravisCobra an "Extreme Makeover" with Redesigned, Expanded Version 8.0.
Upgrade features fresh look, plus features for advanced disbursement, expanded options for identity theft prevention, and new reports.

New HR Tool Set to Transform Employee Benefit Education and Enrollment
THE NAVIGATORTM FROM NAVITECH SETS COURSE FOR IMPROVED BENEFITS COMMUNICATIONS

EFT/Credit Card Payments, Quick Certs, and Broker Billing Updates Mark July Upgrade of Travis Software's WebCOBRA.com
July release geared to help administrators bring their business online Travis Software Corp., a market leader of Advanced Employee Benefits Software Administration and provider of the WebCOBRA.com system, announced today the availability of WebCOBRA.com's July '06 upgrade. The new version offers more enhanced features, including EFT/Credit Card Payments, Broker Billing, and Quick Certs for easy printing of HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage.

Travis Software Corp. announced the availability of WebCOBRA.com´s July '06 upgrade.
The new version offers more enhanced features, including EFT/Credit Card Payments, Broker Billing, and Quick Certs for easy printing of HIPAA Certificates of Creditable Coverage.

Secova/UltraLink Secures Eight Million in New Funding from Baring Private Equity; Funding Will Help Service Recent Client Wins
Secova/UltraLink, a leading provider of human resource and benefits management services, today announced it has secured eight million in new funding from Baring Private Equity Partners (BPEP), a leading international private equity fund.

Laurdan Associates Announces the Release of the Eighth Edition of its HR Auditing Tool
Laurdan Associates, Inc. recently announced the release of the eighth edition of the Employment-Labor Law AuditTM (ELLA ®), the nation´s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool.

Travis Software Corp., announced a 99.9% Service Level Agreement to its WebCOBRA.com customers.
Few, if any, on-demand COBRA software vendors guarantee uptime or provide any Service Level Agreements (SLA) for their customers.

Travis Software Corp. announced today the availability of WebCOBRA.com's April '06 Release.
The newly enhanced version of WebCOBRA.com allows for more control over reporting capabilities.

Availability of WebCOBRA.com's April '06 Release
New release for WebCOBRA.com.

Workscape and Asparity Form Alliance to Offer Benefits Administration Decision Support Solutions
Strategic Collaboration Provides Workscape´s Clients with Tools to Streamline Benefits Selection and Service, Allowing Employees to Take Ownership of Healthcare Decisions

Ultimate Software Launches Compliance Web Site
Ultimate Software's Compliance Resource Center includes factual information and recent court rulings on federal laws including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), sexual harassment, and Sarbanes-Oxley.

Meet the COBRApoint Team at the ECFC Annual Conference
COBRApoint is the first web-powered software for COBRA, HIPAA, State Continuation and Retiree Billing administration and its revolutionary design makes it the first COBRA compliance platform developed on and accessed by the web.

3PAdministrators Selects Eldorado Computing's ASP Solution for Managing Health Benefits
3PA´s implementation will include the complete suite of ECI´s HEALTHpac products including HEALTHpac, ADMINpac, eReports, WEBeci, and CSIpac.

ProcessWorks, Inc. Launches Atlanta Office
National Human Resource Administration company continues expansion with new Southeast Region Office. Photo available upon request.

Premium, Billing Enhancements Mark Travis Software Release WebCOBRA.com's February '06 Upgrade
Personalized web pages, premium disbursement process and client invoicing among more than 100 updates to new version.

Travis Software Corp., announced today the availability of WebCOBRA.com's February '06 Release.
The new version offers more than 100 enhanced features, including highly-requested features such as Client Invoicing, Premium Disbursements, Reimbursements, and Personalized Web Pages.

Decoding IRS Regulations Seminar Hosted by Full Circle HR and Payroll
Valuable tax information for San Antonio area business owners

Travis Software Corp., market leader in Advanced Employee Benefits Software
Travis Software Corp., market leader in Advanced Employee Benefits Software and provider of TravisFlex software, announced today they have modified their system to accommodate a new IRS regulation

Travis Software Announces WebCOBRA.com's Service for Small Employers and Insurance Brokers
Travis Software Corp., a leading provider of advanced employee benefits software and the WebCOBRA.com system, announced today the availability of a new WebCOBRA.com service for small employers and insurance brokers, with specialized features including Federal and State continuation, e-mail notification of ready correspondence, and electronic document storage.

New Service Provides COBRA Administration with Specialized Features at Small Employer Prices
WebCOBRA.com is an enterprise-ready system available at small employer prices, while offering the same COBRA administration functions available to significantly larger employers and administrators.

Managing COBRA
While most HR managers would agree that COBRA provides individuals and their families with much needed coverage when they may most need it, they would also acknowledge that managing the required paperwork and timing of announcements surrounding COBRA can be a nightmare, writes Art Brooks.

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