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Volunteers

June 21, 2018

6 Example VTO Policies Employers Should See

While most organizations have some kind of paid time off policy, there’s a new type of PTO that’s on the business scene these days: volunteer time off, otherwise known as VTO. Why on earth would an employer pay their employees while not at their desks? Well, there are quite a few reasons. First, like many […]

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June 6, 2018

How Important are Flexible Work Schedules? (Perhaps More Than You Think)

The Digital Era has revolutionized our workspaces and our work schedules. We can be “on call” around the clock, which sounds great for employers—but not so much for employees. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are at an even higher risk of abusing flexible work schedules. It’s not uncommon for small business owners, startup founders, and […]

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FSA vs HSA

May 31, 2018

FSA vs HSA: Which is Best For Your Employees?

The topic of employee benefits has gone from watercooler conversation to national news, and employees are more engaged with their benefits than ever. Open Enrollment will be here before you know it, and your employees will be thinking about making changes—specifically: how to maximize the money they spend on medical care. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are two ways employers can […]

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May 10, 2018

What You Should Know About Flexible Paid Time Off

One thing that every business with employees (aka practically all businesses) will have to contend with is crafting a paid time off, or PTO, policy. In recent years, flexible paid time off policies—aka policies that allow employees to take time off when they need it for increasingly varied reasons—have stormed onto the scene. But if […]

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May 3, 2018

Boosting Employee Happiness | 5 Things Employees Value Above Salary

What’s important to employees? A lot more than just their paychecks. As it turns out, salary has less to do with employee happiness than you may think. “Money isn’t the driver of job satisfaction,” says Shawna Clark, founder and executive coach at Clark Executive Coaching. Clark, who has over 20 years of experience working in […]

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May 1, 2018

Your Quick Guide to Commuter Benefits

Note: This article was originally published in May, 2015, but has been updated with current information as of October 24, 2017. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to provide legal, regulatory, accounting, or tax advice. 2018 Tax Reform: Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on December 22, 2017, […]

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April 26, 2018

Unlimited PTO: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

One of 2018’s largest HR themes 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 […]

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April 19, 2018

Eco-Friendly Benefits: How Green is Your Benefits Package?

In preparation for this Earth Day (April 22nd), we’d like to shed some light on a few environmentally friendly work perks that your employees will love! How do we know? Studies show employees want to work for companies that publicly display their core values– and not just for profit. Giving back to the community and promoting […]

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April 17, 2018

Onboarding Musts: explaining health insurance

While it is legally required for employers with over 50 full-time employees to offer some sort of health benefits, it’s also in their best interest. In a 2013 survey of over 900 organizations, 53% of them reported being effective in leveraging their health insurance carriers to drive health and productivity. Moreover, 93% of these businesses […]

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March 28, 2018

Parental Leave as a Benefit: State vs. Federal Law

For new and prospective parents, as well as employers working to retain their workforce, navigating the landscape of parental leave laws can be a challenge. On the federal level, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with 12 weeks of job-protected leave for a variety of reasons, including the birth, placement, or […]

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March 27, 2018

Sabbatical With a Cause: Conditional Sabbaticals Benefit Everyone

Sabbaticals, paid and unpaid, are becoming increasingly popular as companies strive to offer unique and exciting perks to their employees. Although sabbaticals are often associated with academics, a variety of sabbatical-like leave programs have become more common in other fields. Today, more and more companies offer programs such as conditional sabbaticals or paid time off […]

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March 22, 2018

Health Insurance Trends | HMOs, PPOs, and HSAs

If you’re running a small business, we know you care deeply about your employees. One of the most important roles a company can play in its workers’ lives is providing the appropriate health insurance plans for them and their families. But between ACA regulations, a sea of acronyms, and geographical limitations, it can be extremely […]

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