The Small Business HR, Benefits, and Payroll Blog

What the New HRA Proposal Could Mean for Small Businesses

Subscribe to our People Now newsletter for more HR news & Industry trends.

Please enter a valid email address.


Thanks for subscribing to People Now!

2018 HSA contribution limit

August 24, 2015

What type of notice must a company give to it employees if the company plans on merging with another company and using the latter’s benefits package?

Short Answer Since it is the company’s right to change insurance policies at any time, the company is under no obligation to provide a notice to employees, absent a union contract. That said, to foster positive employee relations, the company should give as much advance notice to employees as possible. ERISA & IRS Rules for […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
2018 HSA contribution limit

August 21, 2015

If an employee has had two months of health insurance coverage and is terminated, are they eligible for COBRA?

Yes – employees who have been enrolled under their employer’s insurance for at least one day are eligible for COBRA, provided they meet the three basic criteria for COBRA coverage. There are no minimum number of work days required to be eligible for COBRA. Criteria for COBRA The U.S. Department of Labor lists three criteria […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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, […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares
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 […]

Shares