Lauren Perales

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Lauren Perales

As an HR Advisor at Zenefits, Lauren provides guidance and best practices to companies of all sizes with any HR and compliance questions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and chasing her three dogs around.

2018 HSA contribution limit

October 22, 2018

What are the 2018 HSA contribution limits?

HSAs are typically used to supplement medical costs and they can cover much more than just medications and doctor visits. There are many benefits to opening an HSA, but how much are we allowed to contribute to them? The 2018 HSA contribution limits maximum is $3,450 for an individual and $6,900 for a family. Savers aged 55 […]

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March 27, 2018

Benefits and ROI go together like PB&J

Myth, benefits are only good for the employee. False, benefits are also great for the company. When benefits packages are thoughtfully developed, companies emerge as victors. Employees are better engaged, more productive, and show deeper dedication to their jobs because they spend less time worrying about their personal needs. Lauren Perales, PHR will share how […]

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March 13, 2018

How small business can offer competitive employee benefits

Employee benefits can give you an edge when vying for candidates and employee retention. When creating your benefits package, it’s not necessarily about who offers the best benefits in every category, but focusing on what’s important to candidates and employees. Lauren Perales, PHR will give her take on what’s important. Learn more about Zenefits HR […]

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Throw an Inclusive Holiday Party

December 14, 2017

How-to: Throw Inclusive Holiday Celebrations

The end of the year brings feelings of joy, good cheer, and, in many cases, stress. Employees are focused on end-of-year requirements at work plus planning for and celebrating the many holidays that fall in December and January, spending time with family and friends, attending religious services, and more. Although in many cases, celebrating holidays […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 25, 2015

If an employee gets sick after using all of their Paid Time Off (PTO) for the year, am I obligated to grant them additional paid time for sick leave?

Overview of Federal Law There is no federal law requiring employers to provide sick leave, paid, or unpaid. As an employer, you are only required to provide the amount of PTO that you agreed to provide in the employment contract or agreement. If you do grant PTO, and an employee uses all of their PTO, […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 22, 2015

How can I find my state’s and city’s minimum wage?

As a human resources professional, you should have a good grasp of your state’s own minimum wage laws. By understanding minimum wage laws, you can verify whether employers are in compliance. Finding the Minimum Wage for Your State Finding your state’s minimum wage is easy. To do so, visit the United States Department of Labor’s […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 21, 2015

What are best practices in determining employee eligibility for medical leave?

As a human resources professional facing the tough question of employee eligibility for medical leave, you’ll want to think about several things, including – the reason behind the request for leave – the validity of the request – how long the employee has been working at the company In general, your primary source of guidance […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 21, 2015

If I have an employee who commutes from Orange County to San Diego, am I required by law to pay any type of mileage or per diem?

Identify Business and Personal Use If an employee drives his car from his home in Orange County to his workplace in San Diego, his employer is not legally obligated to reimburse him for mileage or any other vehicle-related expenses. However, if the employees is using his personal vehicle for work-related business, California Labor Code, section […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 19, 2015

Does the classification “salaried but also getting paid overtime” exist?

Short Answer Yes. As with all employee classifications, the answer depends upon two criteria—rate of pay and job duties. The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that distinguishes the differences between exempt and non-exempt employees. Non-exempt employees are commonly, but not always, classified as hourly and are eligible for overtime pay. Exempt employees […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 19, 2015

Can I advertise in a job posting that we will not sponsor work-related visas?

Short Answer Yes, you can advertise that being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment. The Relevant Immigration Law The U.S. Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) stated in a technical bulletin on September 27, 2010, that: “…if an employer chooses not to employ persons who […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 18, 2015

What are my obligations relating to maternity leave for part time employees?

Short Answer It depends on: – whether certain requirements are met under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and – if there are any state provisions for family leave. If your part-time employees meet certain conditions, then they could be entitled up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth of their […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 18, 2015

How do we hire someone who is currently on a F-1 OPT Visa but transitioning to a F-1 CPT Visa?

Short Answer You may not need to do anything different. Employers don’t need to fill out any paperwork when an employee changes from OPT to CPT. It is usually taken care of by the student and their college or university’s office of immigration services. One thing to note is that immigration issues vary case by […]

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