Benefit Specialist

Liberty, NY 12754

Job Category: Human Resources Job Number: SB31618410 Pay Rate: $45000.00-55000.00 / year

Job Description

The HR Benefits will focus primarily on the effective administration and management of comprehensive employee benefits programs. The Benefits Specialist will ensure that our benefits offerings not only meet regulatory compliance standards but also align with the organizational goals and satisfy employee needs. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plans, life insurance, and any supplementary wellness initiatives aimed at promoting employee health and productivity. A critical part of this role will be to act as the primary liaison between our employees and benefit service providers, ensuring that all benefit programs are executed smoothly and effectively. This role requires a detail-oriented, responsive, and empathetic individual who is committed to fostering a supportive work environment and ensuring compliance with HR policies and practices. 
Key Responsibilities:
•    Oversee the day-to-day management of benefits programs such as health insurance, dental insurance, vision plans, retirement plans, wellness programs, and other employee assistance programs.
•    Liaise with external benefits providers and consultants to ensure services are delivered effectively and efficiently.
•    Ensure all terminated employees receive information on COBRA benefits, if applicable.
•    Ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations regarding benefits, including ACA, ERISA, and HIPAA.
•    Prepare and submit required governmental filings, audits, and ensure that plan provisions are followed.
•    Process executive FSA benefits.
•    Maintain accurate and up-to-date benefits records.
•    Analyze data to assess benefits usage, services, coverage, effectiveness, and cost.•  Partner with HR leadership to adjust plans and strategies as necessary.
•    Attend bi-weekly meetings with the benefits broker.
•    Oversee the completion of benefit and beneficiary documentation.
•    Maintain employee records and documentation, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality.
•    Process enrollments, changes, and terminations in a timely manner.
•    Assist in the preparation of reports and presentations on benefits-related metrics, as needed.
•    Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations.
•    Support the HR department in implementing programs to help improve the employee experience.
•    Assist with ad-hoc HR projects.
•    Process employees’ queries.
•    Stay up-to-date and comply with changes in labor legislation.
•    Other duties as assigned.
Skills and Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field is preferred.  HR benefits experience of 5 years or more can be substituted.
•    Proven experience as an HR Benefits Specialist, HR Assistant, or relevant human resources/administrative position.
•    Experience with HR databases and HRIS systems (UKG preferred).
•    Knowledge of human resources processes and best practices.
•    In-depth knowledge of labor law and HR best practices.
•    Familiarity with MS Office suite, particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
•    Good organizational and time management skills.



Physical Requirements
This job will require frequent typing, sitting, stooping, standing, kneeling and lifting up to 30-lbs, 50-lbs with assistance if requested.


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