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Handling Employee Attendance During Bad Weather

Employees May Be Entitled to Pay Snow and slippery conditions during the winter months may make it difficult for your employees to travel to work. Consider the following guidelines that can help your company be prepared when bad weather strikes. …

A FEW LAST-MINUTE IDEAS FOR SPENDING YOUR FSA FUNDS

Are you enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and have funds you need to use by the end of the year? If so, now’s the time to do some last-minute planning to make sure you get the most out of your …

Who has time to go to the doctor during the holidays?

Who has time to go to the doctor during the holidays? The holiday season can be really busy and you don’t have time to be sick. Telemedicine gives you the opportunity to see a board-certified doctor in minutes, with video …

When to Say Goodbye to Your Benefits Broker

For many businesses, the process of choosing and administering a health insurance benefits program is a daunting one. They often turn to benefits brokers to help them select and implement plans. Traditional benefits brokers offer assistance in choosing plans, but …

Human Resources Q & A of the Day

Question: Should an employee’s background check, interview notes, and benefit information be kept separate from the personnel file? Answer: As a best practice (and in certain instances it is legally required), employers should keep certain employee records and information in …

Human Resources Q & A of the Day

Question: We recently made some changes to our handbook policies regarding benefits offered to employees and have a disclaimer stating, “The Company reserves the exclusive right to change or terminate any benefits or related policy at any time in accordance …

Top Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts

School’s out! Summer is here, and it’s the time of year when working parents have questions about using their Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). Are summer camp expenses eligible? What about day versus overnight camps? Employers and benefit advisors want …

Retaining Employees

Retaining skilled employees is a significant issue for any business. A high rate of employee turnover can result in a loss of knowledge and skills, as well as have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line. The cost of losing …

Summer Interns Could Be Subject to Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements

Internships Most Often Considered “Employment” by DOL Employers planning to hire interns this summer should keep in mind that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that private sector internships are most often considered “employment” subject to the federal …

How to Keep Your Employees Motivated This Summer

The warm weather and eagerly anticipated outdoor activities of summer may take a toll on your workers’ concentration. If you’re noticing a lack of focus among your employees during this time of year, consider the following ideas to help keep …

Inclement Weather: ‘Do I Have to Pay Employees if We Close?’

As Tropical Storm Cindy churns in the Gulf of Mexico, many of us are wondering how do we compensate our employees during this crisis. To help you understand the rules governing pay during weather-related emergencies, we compiled responses to frequently asked …

SPD, Plan Document, Certificate of Insurance – Do You Have What You Need?

A summary plan description (SPD) is the primary vehicle for informing participants and beneficiaries about their plan and how it operates. It must: Be written for the average participant and be sufficiently comprehensive to apprise covered persons of their benefits, …