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How to Budget for Retirement

As the pandemic continues, it’s not surprising that consumers are more anxious about achieving their retirement goals than they were pre-COVID. Nearly two-thirds state that they feel at least some concern over how they’ll maintain their lifestyle in retirement according to a 2020 Equitable Consumer Pulse Survey.

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Encouraging Employee 401(k) Savings

Offering a 401(k) retirement plan for your practice in which your employees can participate is a valuable benefit. Frequently, motivating your employees to appreciate and take advantage of this benefit can be a challenge. However, a retirement plan with engaged, informed and participating employees is a successful retirement plan.

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Health Insurance for Employee Architects

2021 Update It is critically important that all architects have health insurance coverage for themselves and their families.  Often younger people believe they are in good health and since health insurance can be expensive, they may opt to go without health insurance coverage.  This could be a huge financial mistake. An accident or an unforeseen…

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Component Insurance Primer

Because the AIA Trust offers numerous varieties of insurance to AIA members as well as components, we frequently receive questions from AIA components about chapter-specific insurance – such as event cancellation insurance and liability insurance.  Since many components do not carry this kind of insurance, the market is not sufficient for the AIA Trust to…

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Traveling with Your Pets

Summer is here and nothing helps to shake off winter’s icy chill like a relaxing weekend away with your favorite furry friend! Taking your pet on a trip can be an unforgettable experience. Road Travel Before hitting the road, have your dog burn off some energy with a brisk walk around the block or a…

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Component Programs & Special Incentives

AIA Trust Component Grant Awards

In 2021, 17 highly competitive component program funding requests were submitted for the AIA Trust Component Grant Program. The grants program is made possible by Victor and CNA, the providers of the AIA Trust Professional Liability Insurance, Business Owners, and Cyber Liability Insurance programs. Victor and CNA work with the AIA Trust to offer AIA…

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National Healthcare Reform Resources

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA—also known as “Obama Care”) continues to raise numerous questions for firm owners and employees alike. The AIA Trust has assembled numerous resources to help answer your questions, including fact sheets about grandfathered plans, Health Savings Accounts, and employee architect options. The AIA Trust will continue to…

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What to Do About Employee Benefits

Employee benefits are often defined as compensation paid by an employer to an employee over and above regular salary and wages. Employee benefits come in many shapes and sizes and are an integral part of an overall compensation package offered to employees. Employee benefits are essential in keeping current employees happy, and have become an…

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Preventing Employee Lawsuits

Small firms are the most vulnerable to crises, disasters, and lawsuits. In fact, according to the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, more than 40 percent of small businesses were either involved in or threatened with a lawsuit due to A) administrative oversights or errors, B) undelivered services or C) poor quality of service, much lower…

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Employee Onboarding Best Practices

Leadership can be defined as the ability to influence, empower, and inspire others so that they in turn maximize their efforts. The process of onboarding employees, from their recruitment and orientation through to their achieving peak performance is ultimately the result of leadership. Are you that leader? Employee onboarding is the process of acclimating new…

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