Travel agency books Decisely as its benefits provider

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Travel booking agency Expedia CruiseShipCenters is trying to ensure that its more than 6,000 independent contractors have smooth sailing when it comes to enrolling in benefits.

The Vancouver-based company, which has more than 100 franchises across the U.S., said this week it is now working with benefits brokerage Decisely Insurance Services to provide benefits for its employees.

“Our franchise partners want to offer affordable, high-quality benefits to their team members to help attract and retain the best travel agents in the industry, but as a small business with a majority of independent contractors, we had yet to find a solution,” said Jasmine Moore, manager of franchise services for Expedia CruiseShipCenters.

Working with Decisely will “help our store owners help their people and grow the value of their franchise,” she said.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters will use Decisely to provide medical and retirement benefit programs to franchise partners and their team members.

“Expedia CruiseShipCenters is looking for ways to add value to franchises and help them with one of the biggest challenges small businesses face — obtaining cost-effective and high-quality benefits,” added Tyler Davis, an account executive at Decisely.

Employers across the country — including small and franchised businesses — have been adding and beefing up benefits over the past year to remain competitive in a hot job market with low unemployment. Hair-salon chain Supercuts last year partnered with Decisely to deliver services to its franchise owners and workers.

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Decisely also offers options that include IRA and 401(k) solutions as part of their integrated programs directed toward small employers. The company, based in Alpharetta, Georgia, defines itself as “a benefits brokerage and HR services firm specializing in integrated technology solutions for small businesses.” It works with brokers to provide solutions to clients nationally, which include associations and franchises.

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