NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CLEAR is leveling the playing field for small businesses (SMBs) and non-profits by extending its association with Empire for 2018 and offering more Empire BlueCross BlueShield medical benefit plan designs than ever before. With more than 85,000 physicians and 149 acute care hospitals in NY, Empire BlueCross BlueShield benefit plans are a top choice for employers large and small in the Big Apple.
“Small businesses and non-profits often face large annual increases in medical premiums, even more so since the definition of a small employer changed in New York. We want owners and executive directors to know that it is possible to control costs and offer even better benefits including Empire BlueCross BlueShield medical plans,” said Joe Carfagno, founder of CLEAR.
That’s because CLEAR is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) with thousands of employees delivering small business customers the value of big-company buying power. CLEAR cost-effectively takes care of HR needs—from day-to-day administration to complex and difficult issues. It offers SMBs and non-profits:
- Fortune 500 benefits: This includes outstanding medical plans, 401ks, vision and dental, a health advocate, and discounts on transit, pet insurance, travel, telephone service and more offered through various companies.
- Streamlining of HR through state-of-the-art technology: Employee handbooks, online training, and a powerful cloud-based system that integrates hiring, onboarding, benefits, payroll, HR and reporting.
- Compliance and risk management: Employee-related claims continue to escalate, as do penalties for non-compliance with employment laws. CLEAR provides HR experts with insight to help avoid costly errors, and EPLI insurance (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) to reduce exposure.
“Owners and executives don’t want to waste precious time negotiating benefits with multiple vendors or on mundane tasks like updating employee handbooks. They also don’t want to worry about government compliance. CLEAR PEO takes care of it all, and we offer outstanding customer service – guaranteed,” says Carfagno.
Empire BlueCross BlueShield is the largest health insurer in NY supporting more than four million members and more than 38,000 business, union and small employers in NY. Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice Assurance, Inc., and Empire BlueCross BlueShield HMO is the trade name of Empire HealthChoice HMO, Inc., independent licensees of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, serving residents and businesses in the 28 eastern and southeastern counties of New York State. www.empireblue.com.
CLEAR Employer Services reduces the administrative burden of small business owners so they can focus on their core business, and takes on the liability of ensuring a business that meets state and federal employment laws.