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What happens when my cobra expires?

October 2, 2018

When COBRA Expires: Individual Health Care Enrollment Explained

COBRA, short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, is a strategic and stress-free way for former employees and their families to continue accessing health care coverage through their past employer after a major life event. However, COBRA is designed for temporary coverage and typically expires after 18 months. When COBRA expires, here’s what employees should […]

commuter vehicles are covered by commuter benefits

October 1, 2018

How Do Commuter Benefits Work?

In 2018, small businesses have an array of creative benefits that they can offer their employees in addition to more traditional and expected perks, such as 401(k) matching. There are plenty of perks to demonstrate your appreciation of your employees, that not only show your workers that their employee satisfaction matters to you, but that […]

trends and statistics in family leave

September 27, 2018

The Trends That Could Shape Family Leave in 2019

Microsoft caused a stir when it recently announced that it will start requiring business partners and suppliers to offer paid family leave. Companies that do business with the tech giant will be required to offer a minimum of 12 weeks of paid parental or family leave at 60% of salary up to a maximum of […]

what is civic time off?

September 27, 2018

What is Civic Time Off? Behind the New Fringe Benefit

A major responsibility that accompanies living in a democracy is civic engagement– including voting! However, participation in things like voting, volunteering for a candidate, attending a school board meeting, and canvassing can be tough to schedule around a full-time job, let alone the multiple jobs that many Americans have these days. One way that a variety […]

do part-time employees get benefits?

September 26, 2018

How Many Hours Can Part-Time Employees Work Without Benefits?

The life of a part-time employee lends itself to a certain type of freedom. Working part-time means fewer hours and more flexibility, but also a level of ambiguity under federal definitions. Each employer has a different idea of what constitutes part-time work, depending on a variety of factors within their specific organization. There is a […]

51 gifts for coworkers

September 26, 2018

51 Practical Gifts for Coworkers That Won’t Dent Your Paycheck

Buying gifts for coworkers? Do you need some gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Maybe you’re thinking of small gifts for managers in your office. If you supervise staff, you might be looking for employee gift ideas. Sometimes the whole staff pitches in on group gifts for an employee retirement or wedding shower. But […]


September 20, 2018

So You Want to Change Your Vacation Policy

Many small businesses offer paid time off for vacations, sick leave, and other reasons. PTO is a popular benefit. In fact, you may have a hard time attracting qualified workers if you don’t have a vacation policy that incorporates at least some PTO and sick leave in your compensation package. But perhaps you already know […]

parental leave as a type of employee leave- new parents with child

September 19, 2018

Taking Employee Leave from Work? Here’s What You Need to Know

When employees have pressing issues in their personal lives, a break from work may be the only solution. There are many types of employee leave, some mandated by law, others offered as a company benefit.  But all are seen as an important attraction and retention tool for employers. Managing employee leave requires a basic understanding […]

what are the differences between a roth vs. traditional IRA?

September 19, 2018

What Are The Differences in a Roth vs. Traditional IRA?

When it comes to managing your retirement savings, the choices you make now might seem inconsequential, but they can (and probably will) have some major ramifications down the road. Whether you’re just launching a retirement savings plan or you’re at a crossroads trying to decide where to put your money moving forward, here’s the basic […]

father and son with fsa dependent care

September 18, 2018

What is FSA Dependent Care?

With open enrollment nearing for many employees and employers, FSAs will be on the minds of workers. And when it comes to employees with kids or elderly parents to care for, information about FSA dependent care expenses is crucial. This article provides a deep dive into FSA dependent care and what’s involved. What’s an FSA […]

sunscreen is an FSA eligible expense

September 17, 2018

49 Surprisingly Eligible FSA Expenses

If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) as a fringe benefit, you probably already know that it is an easy way to save a little money on healthcare. An FSA is a special account in which employees can deposit pre-tax dollars. You can then use that money to pay for certain out-of-pocket healthcare […]

fringe benefits and the IRS commuter rule

September 14, 2018

The IRS Commuter Rule You Need to Know

The IRS Commuter rule provides certain opportunities for employees to earn deductions from work-related driving. However, there are fairly strict rules regarding what can actually be deducted – and what can’t. What else qualifies for an official deduction under the IRS commuter rule, you ask? We’ll answer all those questions for you below! What is […]