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Employee Benefits Administration and Compliance

Axcet HR is your benefits & compliance specialist – guiding your business to fewer headaches, easier renewals, and cost savings.

Uncomplicate your employee benefits program! See how Axcet HR Solutions' services can save you time and money.

For small and mid-sized businesses, managing employee benefits can be a daunting task that requires specialized expertise they might not have.

The absence of such benefits expertise can result in legal non-compliance and unhappy employees. However, with Axcet HR Solutions, you do not have to worry about these issues. Axcet HR provides certified HR professionals who consult with you to select competitive and customizable plans, manage all aspects of your benefits program, and ensure legal compliance. With Axcet HR's help, managing employee benefits in Kansas City has never been easier.

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Employee Benefits Administration and Compliance

Employee benefit plan administration is no small job – especially for time-strapped small and mid-sized companies that often lack robust HR departments. Even if they are fully staffed, the task requires specialized expertise.

Without it, business owners could face legal non-compliance penalties and disgruntled employees frustrated by an ineffectual system.

Managing an employee benefits program generates an extensive, ongoing to-do list:

  • Researching, evaluating and choosing a health insurance plan
  • Annually reviewing options
  • Effectively communicating benefit plan details to employees
  • Enrolling employees
  • Collecting premiums and getting them to the provider
  • Paying claims and other bills
  • Complying with applicable state and federal laws
  • Handling changes in employees’ status, such as marriage or divorce, a spouse’s death, a child’s birth or a change in residence.

It’s a lot, to say the least – unless you utilize employee benefit plan services from certified professional employer organization (CPEO) Axcet HR Solutions. Axcet makes benefit plan administration turnkey by checking off all the action items listed above – and more.

Certified Axcet HR professionals:

  • Consult with you to select plans that meet your needs
  • Help you determine your plan contributions
  • Ensure plans are competitive and customizable
  • Efficiently and effectively manage all aspects of a benefits program on your behalf
  • Deliver unmatched administrative expertise
  • Provide easy online enrollment for employees

With Axcet, employee benefits in Kansas City are exponentially more manageable and advantageous for small and medium-sized firms.

Benefit plan design and procurement

The process of determining which benefits to offer can be daunting. Comparison shopping and research, both of which take a lot of time and industry knowledge, are keys to finding the package that best meets employees’ needs. But, exploring potential insurance providers, evaluating plans and finding one within budget is time-consuming, confusing and difficult.

Axcet’s employee benefit plan services include assessing the competitive landscape; comparing plans across providers to ensure your company can offer the most benefits for the budget you have available; and designing a program that is meaningful and cost-effective for you, your employees and their families.

Through careful analysis and expert benefit plan administration, we ensure that your company provides benefits that communicate that you care about your employees, their well-being and what they value – while simultaneously keeping costs in check.

Renewal management and negotiation

The annual health insurance renewal process is a critical period for both employers and employees.

During this time, companies and their staffs can tailor coverage based on circumstances that changed over the prior year. As examples, team members might add a dependent, while business owners could decide to change their plans’ offerings based on employee feedback.

Navigating these changes can be a heavy lift, especially when you consider that plan administrators also have to renegotiate plans year after year.

There are several ways, however, to make benefits affordable and the renewal process painless. Chief among them is relying on Axcet, a trusted CPEO, for benefit plan administration.

Axcet, the employee benefits expert in Kansas City, manages client companies’ renewals every year after reviewing their insurance plans and needs, evaluating market data to determine which products are competitive and completing a comparative analysis of costs and benefits offered. Armed with this information, Axcet’s certified HR professionals make benefit plan recommendations and leverage decades of experience and marketplace knowledge to negotiate competitive rates on your behalf.

The beauty of engaging Axcet for employee benefit plan services is that we work behind the scenes, so the annual renewal process for you is turnkey, seamless and cost-effective.

Employee eligibility/change tracking and processing

An essential element of benefits renewal management is determining employee benefits eligibility for new hires and managing status changes like marriages or children added to families – all of which Axcet handles as part of the annual renewal process. We track and send all of that information to insurance carriers, saving client companies countless hours and major inconvenience.

When small and mid-size business owners take on this responsibility in house, someone on staff must manage every change to employees’ status over the past year, as well as pay and reconcile all bills. With Axcet’s employee benefit plan services, employers save the cost of paying an employee to handle this tedious job – and alleviate the heavy administrative burden it presents. We track every change in status, collect premiums and pay providers.

Axcet adds any new employees to the plan and sets up automatic paycheck deductions for premium payments. If someone leaves a client company, Axcet adjusts the amount owed the provider.

Then, on an ongoing basis, we balance, reconcile and review employer accounts to ensure accuracy. When Axcet is at the helm of your benefit plan administration, you never have to worry about missing a premium payment deadline and can rest assured that correct payments are being made for you on time, every time.

Benefit plan communications and education

Misunderstood benefits don’t benefit anyone. It’s important to clearly communicate the details of each choice employees have. That’s no small task given that insurance coverage can be complex and involves jargon with which most people are unfamiliar. After all, most employees don’t “speak benefits.”

Neither, frankly, do most employers.

Imagine your relief when you know your CPEO’s employee benefit plan services have you covered. Our knowledgeable HR professionals conduct as many meetings as necessary to make sure all your employees understand their benefits options – even sitting down one-on-one with individuals who may have unique situations or extra questions.

We provide clear materials and explain all things benefits in simple language. Among our helpful communications tools is a visual side-by-side comparison of plan options, which makes it easier for employees to understand the differences between cost and coverage so they may elect the offerings that best meets their needs.

One of Axcet’s benefit plan administration priorities is to ensure every employee at each of our client companies feels informed enough to make the best insurance choices. This commitment, which helps your employees understand the value of your benefit plan and its role in keeping them and their loved ones healthy, also builds their loyalty to your organization.

We also use technology to simplify benefits. Our state-of-the art, online enrollment system makes it incredibly easy for employees to sign up for their preferred plans. The platform stores enrollment confirmations, benefits summaries and related costs, claims and other information, which is accessible to employees 24/7.

Employee claims assistance

Most of us have probably, at one time or another, been surprised when our insurance company rejects a claim for a cost we thought was covered. It can be frustrating and time-consuming to navigate the system and try to either get the decision reversed or understand why the claim was denied.

No one likes dealing with such situations. Employees who work for Axcet client companies never have to.

When claims are complex or don’t move smoothly through an insurance provider’s system, Axcet serves as an employee’s liaison. Our knowledgeable Kansas City employee benefits specialists step in as employees’ go-to resource, working individually with them and the provider. Your employees can contact us directly, and we can minimize the runaround that often results from trying to get answers through an insurance company’s customer service department. Axcet is equipped to make those calls and work through the insurance carrier’s structure.

Sometimes, we can resolve the situation without talking to anyone except the employee. For example, we might be able to simply clarify for an employee what expenses the insurance plan provides based on our comprehensive knowledge of your benefits. In some cases, employees might have forgotten or misperceived a particular benefit and what it covers.

Through it all, we maintain employee confidentiality and save company leadership from having to get involved in claims assistance. It’s just one more thing employers don’t have to worry about when they rely on Axcet for benefit plan administration.

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Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, includes numerous difficult-to-understand intricacies and is an administrative nightmare to follow – especially the health insurance eligibility and affordability criteria, which are key aspects of the massive law. Unless, that is, you work with Axcet for ACA help in Kansas City. Our ACA management services experts understand all the complexities of the ACA so you don’t have to. We regularly analyze your plan to ensure you’re always compliant.

Take the ACA’s primary directive that employers with 50 or more employees must offer affordable coverage to all their full-time workers or face hefty penalties. That can be trickier than it sounds, because the ACA designates a specific method of measurement to determine if employees are considered part-time.

Axcet takes this into account as we calculate eligibility for coverage, including managing variable hour tracking for part-timers. We also handle all ACA-required reporting, like Forms 1094 and 1095, which summarize the coverage employers provide.

One of the biggest ACA burdens for employers who don’t work with Axcet is conducting the affordability analysis, which means your plan must meet essential minimum requirements but also be affordable – per the ACA’s definition – based on the lowest-paid employee’s income.

If your head is spinning just reading about some of the Act’s complexities, remember that everything is painlessly handled when you use Axcet’s ACA management services. With our robust auditing and reporting tools, we have all the capabilities required to make sure you don’t run afoul of ACA requirements, saving you time, hassle and, potentially, large fines.


The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires employers with 20 or more employees to provide workers with the opportunity to extend their group health coverage after they lose it due to status change, resignation, termination, divorce or other qualifying events. One of the most commonly outsourced HR services, COBRA and state continuation administration is expensive, requires careful recordkeeping and involves stringent deadlines employers must meet.

During the pandemic, employers faced even greater challenges when many had to lay off unprecedented numbers of employees all at once. Unaccustomed to managing COBRA requirements even on a lesser scale, many small businesses were overwhelmed with the demand. Our clients, however, had a partner that came alongside them to lift the weight of employee benefits compliance – just as we always do, pandemic or no pandemic.

For COBRA, Axcet takes care of all required notices and manages enrollees, premium collections and notifications. Our clients don’t have to worry about figuring out or explaining to anyone how to get COBRA insurance. We handle all of this, and more, for small and mid-sized firms, so they can focus on their core businesses.


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs the use and protection of patient health information for healthcare providers, health plans and clearinghouses.

Axcet takes the utmost care when handling employees’ protected health information, and we help client companies make sure they do the same. Axcet’s HIPAA compliance services for Kansas City organizations include training anyone at our client companies who has access to colleagues’ health information on safe, compliant ways to manage that data.

We educate on HIPAA best practices and the importance of ongoing compliance. Revealing someone’s health information creates legal risks for a company. It also could result in the loss of employee trust and corporate reputational damage. That’s why we make sure our clients have all the tools they need to stay HIPAA compliant, which is infinitely easier when you partner with an HR expert like Axcet.


The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) governs certain aspects of retirement plans and group health plans maintained by employers in the private sector. ERISA protects the interests of employee benefit plans and their participants and requires employers or plan sponsors to provide detailed information and operate with transparency.

Any company that offers a retirement plan must meet plan management standards established by ERISA, as well as issue required notifications. The law, designed to protect employees’ retirement plan savings, assigns fiduciary management responsibilities, which is a juggernaut in and of itself.

Trying to manage ERISA compliance without fully understanding fiduciary responsibility and investing can be dangerous from a legal standpoint. Employers who try to handle it in-house without being deeply familiar with the governmental requirements risk being sued for breach of fiduciary duty.

ERISA compliance is a formidable task best left to the experts. Axcet’s employee benefit plan services include a highly qualified fiduciary committee that regularly monitors clients’ retirement plan investments and removes any that are failing to meet performance standards.

Benefit plan administration from Axcet protects you, your employees and their beneficiaries, so you stay ERISA-compliant while continuing to help your team prepare for retirement.

Required Notices

Healthcare benefits and compliance are complex. Employers are subject to a variety of labor laws and regulations that require them to disclose certain benefits information during an employment relationship and keep participants apprised of important details about their retirement and health plans.

These required benefits notices take numerous forms, and employers are not compliant unless they issue them precisely how and when laws dictate. There are reports required by the Affordable Care Act, as well as those for 401(k) plans, Medicare and COBRA, and many more that must be submitted on an ongoing basis.

When you work with Axcet, our employee benefit plan services experts maintain compliance in these areas for you and ensure you never miss a deadline.

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PEO Services Help Small Companies Thrive

PEOs like Axcet HR Solutions exist for one reason: to manage essential HR tasks on behalf of small and mid-sized businesses. A PEO’s services save small business owners money and worry by delivering expert human resources, compliance with employment regulations and time to refocus on business growth.

Why Axcet?

PEO client onboarding meeting with Axcet HR Solutions in Kansas City

Let’s face it.  When it comes to HR administration, you have choices.  So, why choose Axcet?

We believe in trust, relationships and an undying commitment to our clients’ success.

At a time when you need peace of mind and a trusted advisor to help you make tough choices, our experience and expertise as a certified PEO can give you the confidence to focus on growing your business.

We believe that our HR support and expertise can help your business scale and grow in ways you couldn't have imagined. As a trusted advisor, we are dedicated to helping your company succeed and thrive.

Many HR outsourcing companies offer support, but we go above and beyond to ensure that your business has the resources and guidance it needs to reach its full potential.

If we sound like a company you’d like to partner with, let’s talk.


We are small, and as such, rarely in the eye of a payroll services company. Axcet works with our multiple entities. I want to focus on our business, and they focus on HR for me. Because we are small, I really don't want to have a 'personal' disagreement about PTO or vacation pay, so I set the guidelines, and Axcet manages them, which I love.

Felisha M.

Owner, Insurance Firm

We really appreciate the work you are doing for our tradeshow and exhibit display company. The fun part is we get at least an email a day, phone calls every day, and we see the commercials on tv for something that you have taken care of for us last year. (And, of course, it is in the capable IRS hands now.)

Thanks for making this so easy for us.

Don J.

Owner, B2B Tradeshow & Exhibit Company

Turning our admin, payroll, benefits, 401K, workers' compensation, etc., over to Axcet HR has been one of the best decisions that we've ever made: that was back in 2001! We've had 21 great years with Axcet and hope to have 21 more! Axcet has saved us time and LOTS of money but most of all, Axcet HR has allowed us to focus on running our business...because we know, day in, and day out that Axcet has our back!

Bob G.

Owner, B2B Services Company

As a start-up, Axcet's HR solutions have been an integral partner in guiding us through several key business necessities and requirements. They have been very helpful in core functions including recruiting, 401k setup, employee onboarding, benefits enrollment, payroll and various compliance training for our employees. We've gained business momentum as a result of Axcet's team of dedicated professionals.

Andrew C.

Chief Growth Officer, Technology Company

Axcet has helped us find affordable benefits for our 15 employees. Being a small firm, it was hard to find various health insurance options. It is nice knowing that we have someone with HR knowledge. It is good to get another persons opinion when we are having employee issues.

Michelle W.

Controller, Engineering Firm

Axcet's professionalism and knowledge is a definite asset for our company. They have saved me so many hours in Payroll, HR, Benefits and Workers Comp. There is no way for me to keep up on Human Resources! I praise their staff highly! ...Axcet KNOWS Customer Service!

Anna H.

Owner, Car Dealership

Axcet has been so helpful and professional in answering questions that I have for payroll processing. My payroll administrator is so prompt in replying to emails. He is really easy to work with and is so knowledgeable. Our Human Resources Consultant is professional and personable. I have great confidence in Axcet and have never hesitated in contacting them for questions or clarification.

Mandy C.

Non-Profit Ministry

Axcet HR has help lesson our burden in all aspects of payroll, HR, safety and our 401K. When an employee comes to one of us with a situation. All we do is point them to our Axcet administrator and or payroll administrator and the issue gets resolved. It has been a great relationship.

Rick B.

Electrical Services Company

I burned through a couple of "payroll companies" before I found Axcet. I have yet to encounter anyone at this company that hasn't been friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Calls are returned amazingly fast and problems are solved without having to make any other calls. This is truly a great company and stellar business partner!

Nita C.

Owner, Medical Industry Company

With all the changing rules and regulations we face as employers, I was always afraid of a "Gotcha!" moment. We've been with Axcet over 10 years now and I sleep well at night knowing all our HR is done right. They make it all so easy. Our payroll is accurate, we are legal and OSHA compliant in every area, and my employees love their benefits. Our team at Axcet is more than just a good vendor, they are a great partner!

Bruce H.

Founder & CEO, Services Company

My faith in Axcet's expertise has always been off the charts. It has been so nice to just be able to pick up the phone and ask questions. Simple to complex ... they can do all of it! Axcet has allowed us to offer an extensive benefits package to our Teammates which has been an added bonus. Axcet is not only part of our Team but we consider them part of our Family! We are one of Axcet's many fans. No regrets since day one and we wouldn't change a thing!

Moira V.

Small Business Owner

Axcet handles all of payroll, HR and benefits needs. As a non-profit, it's great to have Axcet as a partner to provide all of the employee benefits and HR support that I need so our staff can focus on the core mission of our organization! They have helped me with hiring, navigating benefits enrollment to get our employees the best rates possible, as well as navigating possible employee related tax credits. I love our Axcet team!

Emily D.

CEO, a Kansas City Non-profit

We had tried two other PEOs. Both of which we left after the first year. The level of service that we were accustomed to with Axcet was not there, so we came back to Axcet truly because of the excellent service we always received. Everyone at Axcet would make us feel like we were their only client, like they were sitting there waiting for our call, always friendly and ready to help. 

Lisa C.

VP of Finance, Kansas City Financial Institution

We started working with Axcet in 2018 and they have dramatically increased our internal productivity. We used to spend hours on payroll, HR, benefits, taxes, etc. each week and that is no longer the case. Prior to Axcet, we worked with two other payroll companies and is was a complete mess. Working with Axcet is like having a robust and efficient internal HR department. They have solutions to every problem and we no longer feel lost trying to navigate the payroll landscape. If you want to streamline your business and get out of the HR and payroll weeds, then go with Axcet.

Peyton W.

Owner, Recruitment Firm

Thank you Axcet HR for your assistance with the employee issue. You justified every penny we pay to Axcet through this exercise. I am really glad we have you and Axcet as a resource. It gave me peace of mind, knowing that you would know how to handle these situations the correct way. I really appreciate all the effort put into this to help me stay on course and protect our company.

Mark S.

President, B2B Company
Sherri Senior Human Resources Consultant at Axcet HR, Kansas City

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