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how to boost participation in your workplace wellness program

March 20, 2019

How to Boost Participation in Your Workplace Wellness Program

A workplace wellness program is a great benefit to staff members and a powerful recruitment tool for businesses to attract top talent. Making employee wellness a priority not only benefits workers, but it also helps businesses reduce healthcare costs, boost engagement, and reduce and absenteeism. But even the best program is worthless if no one […]

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March 15, 2019

Unlimited PTO: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

One evergreen HR theme is productivity: how do you get more out of the resources at hand and improve the performance of your employees? Though it may at first seem counterintuitive, increasing productivity in the office could depend on your company’s time off policy. We don’t mean limiting vacation time– we’re talking about offering more! […]

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family and medical leave legislation changes

March 14, 2019

Paid Family and Medical Leave Introduced in US Senate

A bill that would create a national, paid family and medical leave plan has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The “Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act” introduced by Senator and presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand, would allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave for a pregnancy, the birth or adoption […]

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What is an HSA?

March 13, 2019

What is an HSA?

A health savings account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account for U.S. taxpayers who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Employers may make contributions to their employees’ HSAs, and the funds that an individual or business contributes to a given account aren’t subject to federal income tax. Also, funds that aren’t spent roll […]

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flex benefits

March 13, 2019

Flex Benefits: Letting Your People Choose Their Perks

Employers who are looking for options for employee benefits plans might want to consider flex benefits, also known as “cafeteria plans.” Just like the name suggests, these plans allow employers and employees more flexibility than standard benefits packages– to pick and choose what they want! What’s a “Cafeteria Plan” of Benefits? Flex benefits, or “cafeteria […]

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what's a limited expense fsa?

March 12, 2019

What is a Limited Expense FSA?

A flexible spending account is a fairly straightforward way to set aside money for healthcare expenses. However, things get a bit more complicated when you consider that there are different types of FSA accounts for different situations. Here’s what you should know about a limited expense FSA. What is a Limited Expense FSA? You might […]

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disability enrollment

March 11, 2019

How Does Disability Enrollment Work?

Within the US there are two main federal programs—Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs—designed to provide assistance for those with long-term disabilities. There are some notable differences between the two programs, but both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who meet certain medical criteria for disability enrollment will qualify for […]

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FSA eligible transportation expenses

March 1, 2019

Which Transportation Expenses are FSA Eligible?

The benefits landscape has seen some change across the U.S. Due to a number of factors— from the demands of younger generations like millennials to cash-strapped startups looking to set their companies apart—small businesses are beginning to offer a new plethora of fringe benefits to employees. One benefit that’s on the rise is covering FSA eligible transportation expenses, […]

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why workplace daycare is becoming more common

February 27, 2019

Why Workplace Daycare is Growing in Popularity

Traditional childcare costs can be quite shocking to first-time parents. Here are some nationwide stats, for example: Average weekly costs for infant care: Daycare $211, family care $195, nanny $580 71 percent of families spend 10 percent or more of their total annual income on childcare A nanny caring for one child can cost an […]

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working out after fsa enrollment

February 25, 2019

FSA Enrollment: Employer FAQs Explained

FSA enrollment can be a stressful period for both employers and employees, especially when it comes to changes in eligibility. The good news is that, with a little information and knowledge, employers can be readily prepared for FSA enrollment. Here, we answer the most important questions regarding this topic. Can You Sign up for an […]

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new 401k legislation

February 20, 2019

Proposed Legislation Helps SMBs Offer 401(k)s

New 401(k) legislation proposed late last year could open retirement plan benefits to small businesses and sole proprietorships, if an October 2018 Proposed Rulemaking change is confirmed by the US Department of Labor. To help small businesses and their employees gain easier access to retirement savings plans, the change will allow workers to participate in […]

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paid time off policy best practices

February 19, 2019

Paid Time Off Policy Best Practices

While a paid time off policy (PTO) isn’t required by law under the Fair Labor Standards Act  (FLSA), it is a necessary program for employers who want to attract and keep high-level talent. In fact, nearly 90 percent of organizations say that a paid time off program is essential to stay competitive in the labor […]

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