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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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PEO Considerations

August 19, 2015

Ask a Zenefits Advisor: Can I Give My Employees Bonuses Instead of Health Insurance?

Bud Bowlin has been advising business owners about health insurance and benefits for more than 35 years. For his 70th birthday, we gave him his own advice column. Got a burning benefits question for Bud? Send it to AskBud@zenefits.com. Hey Bud, I opened a cross-fit gym at the beginning of the year, and I’ve already got 12 […]

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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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Same-Sex Marriage and Employee Benefits

August 18, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage: All Employee Benefits Are Now Created Equal

This summer, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage—its impact quickly carried from the court to the chapel to your company. The landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges overturns prior policy which had allowed some states to deny marriage licenses—and by default, employee spousal benefits—to same-sex couples. Now, same-sex couples across America are able to exercise their fundamental right to marry, […]

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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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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 18, 2015

What workplace precautions should be taken to protect against the flu?

Influenza, or “flu,” is a viral infection that affects 5% to 20% of U.S. residents each year. This results in increased employee absences, reduced productivity, and a risky work environment for employees who have not yet contracted the virus. However, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), these potential costs can be greatly reduced […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 14, 2015

If a California employee needs more time off work than his regularly allocated family leave and sick time to care for a child with special needs, is he eligible to apply for Paid Family Leave?

If a California employee has a child with special needs who requires a health appointment every week, he may be eligible for partial wage reimbursement for up to 4 hours per week through Paid Family Leave. Partial Reimbursement to Care for Family Paid Family Leave is a program that relieves families of financial stress when […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 14, 2015

Can we tell employees to not speak a different language (other than English), during work hours in the workplace?

In general, employers must allow employees to speak their native language during work hours, unless it interferes with reasonable and necessary business operations. The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) is a federal agency that provides answers to questions about discrimination in the workplace related to employees on the basis of natural origin. Examples of When […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 13, 2015

Are we, as a California company with an unlimited vacation policy, required to pay out a certain amount PTO when an employee leaves?

The short answer is no. There is no accrual of vacation under an unlimited vacation policy, so the employer avoids any obligation to pay any accruals upon termination. However, the rules for paying out PTO vary widely among different states, so you should double-check the rules for your state. To do so, Google unlimited vacation […]

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PEO Considerations

August 12, 2015

How Does Providing Health Insurance Help My Small Business?

Bud Bowlin has been advising business owners about health insurance and benefits for more than 35 years. For his 70th birthday, we gave him his own advice column. Got a burning benefits question for Bud? Send it to AskBud@zenefits.com. Dear Bud, I own a salon that is a fixture of our community. My 12 workers are all […]

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August 12, 2015

Holacracy: The New Management Framework Shaking Up the Workplace

Flat management. Lattice structure. Self-organization. Holacracy. In recent years, there have been a lot of stories about the so-called “best” management frameworks for businesses. Usually these discussions center around a well-known startup that has implemented one on the premise it’ll drive innovation, increase employee happiness, and boost growth. But a recent article about online retailer […]

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