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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

Is contraception covered for employees by health insurance?

Generally yes, but it varies for men and women. For Women Federal regulations require that insurance providers cover all of the 18 contraceptive methods approved by the FDA for women at no additional charge. Any products or options recommended by a provider must be provided at no cost as well. The following categories are required […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

If we send employees to training out of state, which state’s minimum wage and tax laws do we follow?

The state an employee is working in – even temporarily – determines the labor laws that the employee is subject to. When it comes to taxes, out-of-state work may require a multi-state tax return. Overtime: Oracle’s Lesson Learned In 2011, the California Supreme Court ruled that California’s overtime laws did apply to Oracle’s nonexempt traveling […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

Can employees receive tax benefits for classes required for work?

Thanks to the Lifetime Learning Credit, employees required to attend a class for work may be eligible for a tax break on their class-related expenses. Requirements Lifetime Learning Credits are available to any taxpayer who attends at least one class at an institution that is eligible to participate in federal student aid during the tax […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

Can I require my employees to use direct deposit?

Yes, in some states. In fact, receiving direct deposit can be used as a prerequisite for hiring in many of states provided you comply with the following requirements: – You don’t require employees to use a specific bank. – You can’t charge fees based on the payment method. – Employees must still have access to […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

If an employee quits, how soon after do we have to issue their final paycheck?

Laws regarding final paychecks vary widely from state to state. Generally, final paychecks are required to be paid in fairly short order, but it’s important to be compliant with your own state’s law to avoid potentially pricey penalties. Federal Compliance In states like Alabama or Mississippi – where there’s no state specific statute – employers […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

Can I institute vacation blackout periods?

Yes, you can. Vacation time isn’t required by law, but rather a “perk” granted to employees by their company. Because offering vacation time is optional, employers can choose when employees can take that time. Blackout Periods Explained Vacation blackout periods are specific times when employees aren’t allowed to take vacation time. There may be particularly […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

How do we handle performance reviews for employees that change supervisors or jobs in a year?

Performance reviews ensure that employees are working effectively, that employees have a chance to express their concerns within their given role, and that an employee and an employer are on the same page in terms of expectations. Although there are certainly some guidelines that can be followed to ensure a successful performance review, there aren’t […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

What are my options if an employee constantly calls in sick?

If your employee has violated your sick leave policy](https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/sick-leave-general-information/), you can take [disciplinary action. The key is to make sure that the sick leave doesn’t fall under the Family and Medical Leave Act. FMLA Explained If you have 50 or more employees who work at your location or within 75 miles of that location and […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 3, 2015

What is a salaried employee?

A salaried employee](http://biztaxlaw.about.com/od/glossarys/a/salariedemploy.htm) is paid a flat rate, regardless of specific hours worked, unlike [hourly employees, who are paid a wage for each hour worked. Characteristics Typically, salaried positions are full-time and higher-up within a company, including supervisors, employees working on long-term projects, and employees with lots of experience in their field. However, there aren’t […]

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September 2, 2015

Recruiters, Is Your Interview Process Chasing Away Top Candidates?

If you were to ask your last five candidates to describe their recruiting experience at your company, would their feedback be shining or scathing? Any recruiting process is a three-way relationship with you (the recruiter), the hiring manager, and your candidate. A clear, thoughtful interview process helps you and your hiring manager get the best […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

September 2, 2015

How are funds transferred and spent through an FSA account?

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow account holders to pay for copayments, deductibles, and other health care costs. The Process Funds are transferred and spent through the following process: – The employer “front-loads” the funds for the employee’s FSA accounts at the beginning of the year. This means that from day one the amount chosen for […]

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PEO Considerations

September 2, 2015

Ask a Zenefits Advisor: Do I Need Business 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. Hi Bud, I run a small business handcrafting wood furniture. Most of my sales are through an online […]

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