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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What are some best practices for managing a distributed team?

Managing a distributed team (or a company made up primarily of remote employees) is very different from managing a group of employees on-site in the workplace. Communication is the most important factor for keeping a team healthy and productive. Some distributed teams find that having regular meetings using video streaming technology can be helpful to […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What are payroll deductions?

A payroll deduction is a reduction of income from an employee’s earnings, and deductions are the mechanism for collecting employee contributions to pay for benefits and/or taxes or other withholdings. In general, employers may take certain deductions from an employee’s wages as a matter of course (for example taxes based on the employee’s elections in […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

Does my company need to offer dental coverage through COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act)?

In short, your company will only need to offer dental coverage through COBRA if that coverage was also included in the original insurance plan. Because COBRA effectively operates as an extension of existing coverage, there aren’t any additional regulations to offer new types of coverage once COBRA is used. Federal Regulations: Federal health care regulations […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What does at-will employment mean?

Even if onboarding documents at your company don’t use the phrase “at-will,” there is normally some language stating that the employer has the right to terminate any employee at any time, with or without cause. In every state except Montana (which only covers employees during a probationary period), employment is presumed to be at-will, even […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

How do I politely ask when an employee will return to work after a death in the family?

Two best practices to support the transition back to work after an employee experiences a death in the family are: 1) creating a company bereavement policy so that all employees understand the benefits available to them, and 2) including this policy in your employee handbook so that it is readily available when needed. Bereavement Policy: […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What is an example of coordination of benefits in dental insurance?

When an employee is covered by more than one dental plan, such as their own and their spouse’s plan, the employee can coordinate their benefits, as long as both plans accommodate this arrangement. Here’s a practical example of a [benefit coordination arrangement](http://www.opendental.com/manual/cob.html): Employee A has both a primary and a secondary dental plan. The primary […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

Which plans offer the best networks for vision?

The best way to identify the ideal vision plan is to comparison shop. Begin by determining which features are most important to you. Next, do a side-by-side comparison to make your selection. Choosing a vision plan generally comes down to the following basic considerations. Vision Care Needs: Focus your search on plans that offer coverage […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

Can a company require its employee to provide proof of jury duty?

Short Answer: Yes, the short answer is that in some states, employers may require employees to provide proof that their local court summoned them to jury duty, an important civic duty! This can be helpful if your employee lets you know he is going to be at jury duty for a week and you want […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What percentage of companies offer dental insurance?

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, about 50 percent overall. However, Aflac reported that 74 percent of companies offered dental insurance in their [2014 Workforce Report](http://www.shrm.org/publications/hrmagazine/editorialcontent/2014/0914/publishingimages/0914infographic.pdf) and the SHRM [2015 Employee Benefits Tables](http://www.shrm.org/research/surveyfindings/articles/documents/2015-employee-benefits-tables.pdf) list the percentage as high as 96 percent. [For benchmarking purposes](https://www.hr360.com/Employee-Benefits/Benefits-Trends-and-Benchmarking.aspx), though, it’s useful to make an [apples-to-apples comparison](http://www.nsba.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Health-Care-Survey-2014.pdf). To […]

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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

How can I structure my pay and compensation program?

Compensation may not be the sole determining factor in job acceptance and retention, but it is usually a high priority for most employees and candidates. Approaching employee compensation with flexibility can help companies trying to balance the need to compete with budget and manpower restrictions. A pay and bonus program should offer employees incentive to […]

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July 27, 2015

7 Deadly HR Sins To Avoid

When you’re running a small business, it can be tempting to put HR on the backburner. After all, HR doesn’t directly impact your product or business growth, right? Wrong. From hiring the best people to staying compliant with labor laws and insurance requirements, HR actually impacts your business in significant ways. And while it’s tempting […]

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June 29, 2015

Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the ACA

The Affordable Care Act is designed to reduce healthcare costs, expand coverage for the uninsured, and increase quality of care for people across the United States. Like most pieces of legislation, however, the ACA can be confusing, making it difficult for many businesses to comply with the law’s requirements. But come 2016, regardless of its […]

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