New York State Paid Family Leave

As of January 1, 2018, New York State’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) began to provide paid time off so an employee can: bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child; care for a family member with a serious health condition; or assist loved ones when a family member is...

Health Insurance Renewal Season

Health insurance renewal season is upon us once again. Every year in recent memory there has been an increase of premium which can be scary and frustrating. The Merriam Agency can ease the frustration of determining which health plan will bring the best overall value to your company and your...

Same-Sex Marriages, Domestic Partnerships, and COBRA

June marked the anniversaries of two noteworthy United States Supreme Court decisions concerning same-sex American couples. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act—which provided that only opposite-sex individuals could be recognized as married “spouses” for...