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2018 HSA contribution limit

August 1, 2015

What are best practices for boosting employee productivity at work?

Two ways for enhancing employees’ ability to work in a productive way is to ensure that they are in roles that are a good fit for their background and skillset and that they are aligned with the company’s mission and goals. If an employer finds that an employee has a tendency to “spin their wheels” […]

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August 1, 2015

What resources should a company provide managers to train their employees?

Every team and role will have a different set of needs for their training process. Often, a combination of classroom-style training, reading, and hands-on work can be the best way for employees to learn, so providing managers with some guidance about the different types of learning can be really helpful to the process. Then, those […]

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August 1, 2015

If an employee asks for a standing desk, should the company give it to them?

Standing desks are a hot trend, and their possible health benefits have been widely discussed lately. However, they can be expensive. Whether or not to give employees a standing desk will be a budget decision; if a company is planning on providing standing desks for all employees, this could be a major financial investment for […]

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August 1, 2015

How does a company build a leadership development program?

Investing in the development of managers can be one of the best ways to build a healthy company. A great way to start is to research manager training programs. While we are unable to recommend one particular program, there are many different programs with diverse philosophies on how best to develop leadership. There are also […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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