Bill Threatens Small Business Tax Exemption for Paid Family and Medical Leave

According to the Legislative Report from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce — the plan sponsor for Business Health Trust — a House Bill could end the small business exemption for Washington state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave tax.

House Bill 1959 passed out of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee on January 26, and has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee. The bill, which would extend parts of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program to employers with fewer than 50 employees, has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing.

Keep an eye on the chamber’s Advocacy News to stay updated on how this bill progresses, along with other important issues for small businesses.

Request to Feature Business Health Trust Members on New Website

Calling all Business Health Trust members! Are you proud of the robust health insurance benefits that you offer to your employees and looking for an opportunity to align your company with Business Health Trust as a partner?

We are currently refreshing our website and want to showcase companies like yours! This is a great opportunity to show the world that your company prioritizes employee benefits, which can help in your recruitment and retention efforts.

Your company logo also will get visibility, which is a great way to increase awareness about your company and drive traffic to your website.

If you are interested or would like more information about this opportunity, please email info@businesshealthtrust.com.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of Business Health Trust, please fill out our Request a Quote form.

Free Training on the Principles of Essential Leadership on Jan. 24

Whether you are a seasoned executive or an emerging leader, you can gain the skills and confidence to lead with vision, empathy and integrity in today’s complex and dynamic world. Join Business Health Trust for a Leadership Seminar on Principles of Essential Leadership from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, January 24, 2024, that will help you transform your leadership style and make a lasting impact on your organization and the world.

Dedicated to providing small businesses with resources to help keep their employees and their families healthy and well, Business Health Trust offers this free monthly wellness webinar that you can read more about on our Webinars and Resources page.

Click here to learn more about Business Health Trust’s employee assistance program (EAP) offered by Behavioral Health Services.

Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Joins Business Health Trust Partnership

Business Health Trust is proud to announce a new partnership with the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce that makes it even easier for people across Washington state to access our comprehensive, affordable employee benefits for small and mid-sized businesses.

This expansion effective January 1, 2024, supports the diversification of Business Health Trust’s membership, complementing our current list of association partners that include:

Through these valuable statewide partnerships, Business Health Trust continues to improve the resources available to small business. We make joining easy and part of your enrollment, just choose your association when you sign up. If your business is outside one of these regions, you can still be covered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more, visit our Who We Are page.

Protect Your Digital Health with Business Health Trust

For the 2024 plan year, Business Health Trust (BHT) is expanding its offerings beyond its already robust health insurance and employee benefits to help protect members’ digital health with Identity and Devices Protection with Norton LifeLock Benefit Solutions.

As a source for small businesses, BHT offers more than insurance — we are a resource, offering small employers in Washington the information and tools they need to design and manage a competitive employee benefits program. This new offering features the following highlights to help you feel safer in your digital life:

  • Device Security protects your mobile devices, tablets, and computers from hackers, viruses, malware, vulnerable websites, and other online threats.
  • Identity Alerts with Credit monitoring alerts you if there is fraudulent or suspicious activity surrounding any of your personal information, including new account opening, credit card usage, and data breaches.
  • Social Media Monitoring notifies you of any suspicious links, account takeover attempts, or inappropriate content.
  • Norton™ Secure VPN is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that helps protect your online privacy so your sensitive information, browsing history, online activities and webcam are more secure.
  • Parental Control makes it easy to monitor your child’s online activities and view their search history so they stay safe.
  • Million Dollar Protection™ Package to reimburse stolen funds, personal expenses, and provide coverage for lawyers and experts up to $1 million each.

For members enrolled in one of BHT’s Industry Health Trusts, this valuable benefit is now conveniently bundled with your medical coverage to help you protect the identity of employees and their family members. Members in other Business Health Trust programs can easily add the program to their employee benefits package.

For more information or to enroll, download the Business Health Trust Identity Protection flyer, or contact us at 425.201.1972 or info@businesshealthtrust.com.

Discounted Pet Insurance Now Available to Business Health Trust Members

As your source for employee benefits, Business Health Trust is continually expanding the benefits available to members. For the 2024 plan year, Business Health Trust is proud to offer pet health insurance for your dog or cat at a discount through PetPartners!

Through this new benefit, you can get reimbursed for costly veterinary bills and focus more on the health of your pets and less on how you’re going to pay for it. Plans feature comprehensive coverage for accidents, illnesses and injuries, including cancer coverage.

Download the Business Health Trust – Pet Partners flyer to learn more or to enroll, or you can contact 866-774-1113 or help@petpartners.com.

Build Teamwork and a Positive Work Environment at Free Oct. 19 Webinar

Teamwork helps promote a positive work environment where employees can achieve opportunities and overcome obstacles. Join Business Health Trust for a free webinar on Bridging Divides: Respect and Working Together at 11 a.m. Oct. 19, 2023.

This training explores the values and challenges of diverse interactions, evaluates the pillars of respect and reviews workplace professionalism.

Dedicated to providing small businesses with resources to help keep their employees and their families healthy and well, Business Health Trust offers this free monthly wellness webinar that you can read more about on our Webinars and Resources page.

Click here to learn more about Business Health Trust’s employee assistance program (EAP) offered by Behavioral Health Services.

Do Your Finances Feel Out of Control? Tips to Save More and Spend Less

Hoping to get fiscally fit and better manage your finances?

Dedicated to providing small businesses with resources to help keep their employees and their families healthy and well, Business Health Trust offers a free monthly wellness webinar that you can read more about on our Webinars and Resources page.

This month’s training, Getting Fiscally Fit: Save More, Spend Less, provides specific steps you can take to manage your finances and acts as a helpful guide to creating a budget.

Join us at at 11 a.m. September 15, 2023 to get tips on making and sticking to a budget, which is a key step toward getting a handle on your personal finances. Getting started can be the hardest part, especially if the financial situation feels out of control.

Click here to learn more about Business Health Trust’s employee assistance program (EAP) offered by Behavioral Health Services.

Discover Strategies to Stay Motivated and Engaged at Free Webinar Aug. 16

Dedicated to providing small businesses with resources to help keep their employees and their families healthy and well, Business Health Trust offers a free monthly wellness webinar that you can read more about on our new Webinars and Resources page.

Join us in August for a free webinar on Maintaining Motivation at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 16.

Most people want to change at least one thing in their life, but it can be challenging to find the motivation just to make a start. Join us for a discussion on the importance of motivation in the workplace and discover strategies for staying engaged at work.

Click here to learn more about Business Health Trust’s employee assistance program (EAP) offered by Behavioral Health Services.

Business Health Trust Expands Access with Greater Kitsap Chamber Partnership

Business Health Trust is proud to announce a new partnership with the Greater Kitsap Chamber that makes it even easier for people across Washington state to access our comprehensive, affordable employee benefits to small and mid-sized businesses.

This expansion effective August 1, 2023, complements nearby partnerships already in place throughout Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula, including:

Through these and other valuable statewide partnerships, Business Health Trust continues to improve the resources available to small business. We make joining easy and part of your enrollment, just choose your association when you sign up. If your business is outside one of these regions, you can still be covered by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more, visit our Who We Are page.