BENEFITS SPECIALIST

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Location
Faribault, Minnesota
Industry
Human Resources (Management Occupations)
Job Type
Temp to Perm
Working Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Salary
US$ 20.00 - US$ 26.00 per hour
Ref. Number
S_39588
Contact
Brady, Laura, Spherion
Phone
507-451-3400
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Job Description

SUMMARY: Under minimal supervision, this position provides professional advice and expertise in the area of health and welfare benefit administration. Responsibilities include benefit administration, communication, strategy, and overall ownership of benefits. The Benefits Manager will be responsible for partnering with the benefits broker and leadership team to strategize on future benefits and will be the subject matter expert and owner of all benefit related tasks and duties.

Responsibilities:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following; other duties may be assigned:

Responsible for accurate and compliant Administration of medical, dental, disability, life, retirement, flexible spending benefit, and any other benefit programs
Maintains all records related to company benefit plans and compliance with applicable laws.
Analyzes and processes benefit information
Reviews monthly billing for payment, sending information to appropriate vendors, and making changes as needed
Provides input and recommendations on the design of the benefits package to ensure that programs are current, competitive, and in compliance with legal requirements
Prepares communication documents, announcements, and other materials used to communicate benefit procedures to employees including new hire and open enrollment materials
Advises employees regarding all benefit issues and questions
Responsible for billing and reconciliation of all benefits as well as the processing of payroll related benefits items
Assures company compliance with ERISA and ACA
Coordinates and leads the retirement and other plan audits with the appropriate vendors
Develops and rolls out benefit orientation for new hires and open enrollment and trains all new HR staff on the company?s benefit programs
Maintains a solid working relationship with the benefits broker and Corporate and Field HR team

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assures that existing and new benefit programs are adaptable to our payroll and reporting system by partnering with Payroll Administrator
Coordinates with Payroll department and HRIS vendor to ensure smooth annual enrollment and new hire process
Reviews and analyzes changes to state and federal laws pertaining to benefits and reports necessary or suggested changes to management
Develops reports on benefit information and statistical and census data for actuaries, insurance carriers, and management

Working hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Skills:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents; ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Executive Management, public groups clients and/or customers.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

REASONING ABILITY

Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of

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