Although the future of the Affordable Care Act may be uncertain, the Department of Labor has not reduced its enforcement efforts. Rather, the DOL has increased the number of audits and has stated that it will continue to focus its resources on compliance.
Beth Ward, Vizance's Compliance Attorney, recently presented a seminar regarding this topic. Beth has actively assisted numerous employers with DOL and IRS audits, along with pre-audit corrective actions.
Future webinars and seminars will again cover this topic. If you're interested in attending, please email us at email@example.com.
Vizance Makes Future 50 List for the Second Time
Vizance made the Future 50 list for the second time. This program, run by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and Council of Small Business Executives, recognizes companies in the seven-county Milwaukee Region that have shown rapid growth.
Vizance Named to Top Workplaces List; Wins Ethics Award
Vizance is honored to have been named a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, placing 4th in our category. We are also the proud recipient of the Ethics Award, which indicates that our associates firmly believe that our company operates by strong values and ethics. Thank you to our associates for providing feedback and for making Vizance a Top Workplace!
Vizance Continues Its Growth With Addition of Insurance Agency Serving Fox Valley Area
Vizance continues its growth with the addition of Valley Insurance Associates. The combined organization gives Vizance a geographic market stretching from Southeastern Wisconsin up through Northeastern Wisconsin, encompassing the entire Fox Valley.
“We recently changed our name from RC Insurance Services to Vizance, to help position our agency for accelerated growth,” explained Jeff Cardenas, President of Vizance. “This partnership follows our intent to grow Vizance strategically, and we are excited by the capacity that Valley Insurance Associates adds to our outstanding team.”
“The cultures among Vizance and Valley Insurance Associates are a perfect fit, and that’s what attracted us to Valley,” Vizance Vice President Dimas Ocampo said. “We succeed by our culture. We want to create the very best workplace for our associates and be the very best partner for our clients’ financial security.”
Founded in 1990, Valley Insurance Associates offers business insurance, home and auto insurance, employee benefits and individual health insurance, including Medicare. Valley Insurance Associates will continue to operate under that name from its office locations in Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Kaukauna.
More information is available here.
2016 Food Drive
It was our best year yet for the annual food drive.
Vizance ended the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive last Friday. With a little friendly office competition, we graciously collected 26,058 food items, $9,197 in monetary donations and 755 requested women's shelter items. Thanks to all who participated and made this year's food drive such a success! We could not have reached the level of success we did without the teamwork, compassionate hearts and generous donations of our contributors.
Vizance Named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” List for 2nd Time
The Milwaukee Business Journal recently released their "Best Places to Work" winners list, and Vizance is honored to be among the winners.
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, "44 southeastern Wisconsin companies are being honored for having the best culture and leadership and where employees feel the most engaged by their jobs and management. Nearly 160 Milwaukee-area firms were nominated for the awards and the winners were determined based on scores from a survey that employees filled out. Each company that was nominated was ranked according to the 10 core areas of engagement: teamwork, retention, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, job satisfaction and benefits."
Additional information, including rankings, will be published later this year.
Beth Ward joins Vizance as Compliance Attorney
Beth Ward will be serving as the Compliance Attorney at Vizance. She brings over 20 years of experience in the area of Employee Benefits Compliance. Beth will focus on helping Vizance’s clients understand the complex compliance obligations that govern health insurance plans, including the Affordable Care Act.
Beth’s expertise in ACA, FMLA, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, Section 125, Section 105, Wellness and other aspects of Employee Benefits will help the team deliver best-in-class solutions. Beth has represented employers in audits with the DOL and the IRS, and she is skilled at helping employers comply with federal and state mandates affecting employee benefit plans. Beth is a Principal Attorney at The Simandl Law Group, S.C., which specializes in labor and employment law.
On August 25th, Beth will present “Maintaining a Healthy Wellness Program: Issues and Compliance Strategies for Employers” at 8:30 am at MRA in Waukesha. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vizance Named One of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Firms Again
The Milwaukee Business Journal recently released its annual list of the winners selected for the Fastest Growing Firms awards, and Vizance is honored to be among the 28 businesses selected for this award. The 2016 winners, who have each shown significant growth over the past three years, will be recognized at an awards luncheon on August 12th in Milwaukee, as well as in the Business Journal’s August 12th edition. Our dedicated associates and loyal clients makes this award possible, and we are very grateful for their on-going support.
Vizance Associate Joe Dundon Receives Rising Star Award from NAIOP
Congratulations to Joe Dundon, who was recently awarded the 2015 Rising Star Award for his involvement with NAIOP, a Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and two of its committees. Joe's extensive involvement with the Education & Programs Committee and the Developing Leader Committee was recognized by the leadership of NAIOP.
Another Successful Food Drive
The 7th annual Vizance Food Drive has come to a close. Vizance’s associates, along with our clients and company partners, gathered a total of 18,650 food items and $4,360 in cash donations. Thank you to everyone who helped us stock the shelves of our community food pantries. We could not have reached the level of success we did without the teamwork, compassionate hearts and generous donations of our contributors.