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August 27, 2015

Ask a Zenefits Advisor: How Do I Choose the Right Health Insurance Plans?

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 an agency of caregivers for adults with developmental disabilities, and I employ over 40 […]

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August 26, 2015

What documents are required for disputing an employee’s unemployment claim?

When a former employee files a claim for unemployment benefits that they may not be entitled to, it’s often up to their former employer to contest that claim. That said, there aren’t any defined documents that an employer has to preemptively prepare to contest a claim. The ex-employee will file their claim with their state’s […]

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August 26, 2015

What are the best practices for issuing a final paycheck to a terminated non-exempt employee?

Federal Law Overview Federal law](http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages/lastpaycheck.htm) doesn’t require employers to immediately issue former employees their final paycheck. However, [state laws vary widely, and often have a lot to say about final paychecks. State Law Overview In California, for example, a final paycheck must be issued immediately following an employee’s termination. Consider State laws regarding the timing […]

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August 26, 2015

What is tax form 1099-SA?

IRS form 1099-SA. Distributions are accounted for whether they have been paid directly to the provider or to the account holder in compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Allowed Medical Expenses When distributions have been used for allowed medical expenses, no tax penalty is incurred and the amount of distribution is simply recorded. Keeping careful records […]

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August 26, 2015

Do I need to provide employees space to store their personal items?

Generally, employers don’t need to provide storage for an employee’s personal items, except in situations where the employee is required to change clothing. Consider Usually workplace facilities correlate with job requirements. For instance, according to Occupational Saftey and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Sanitation Standard, then additional storage space may not be needed. If your workplace has […]

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August 26, 2015

What are the advantages and disadvantages of including a salary range in the job description?

Posting a salary range for a job opening is one of the most underrated dilemmas in human resources. On one hand, you want to filter out candidates whose salary expectations don’t match your own. On the other, you risk shutting out candidates who might object to your proposed salary expectation before they have explored the […]

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August 26, 2015

Is footwear considered part of a uniform that is subject to employer reimbursement?

Sometimes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration](https://www.osha.gov/) (OSHA) requires employers to provide [Personal Protective Equipment to workers. PPE includes any gear that minimizes risk of injury to workers while performing their duties. Depending on the work being done, PPE can include: hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, respirators, and protective eye or foot gear. Examples of […]

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August 26, 2015

If hourly employees accrue hours for vacation or time off, do I have to allow all employees the same opportunity?

No. You may choose which classes of employees can earn accrued vacation time. You may choose to offer accrued vacation time to hourly employees and exclude contract and probationary employees, for example. Or, you could offer this benefit to full-time hourly workers and exclude part-time hourly workers. Clarifying in the employee contract and handbook which […]

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August 26, 2015

What are the best practices for implementing an employee dress code?

Ideally a dress code should express the attitude you want your company to demonstrate. Start by considering the importance of professional appearance and employee comfort. Avoid dress code discrimination Employers can get into legal trouble over their dress code if it can be interpreted as being discriminatory against a particular gender, religion, age, or ethnicity. […]

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August 26, 2015

What types of things are most important to include in an employee handbook?

Overview Employee handbooks are an important tool for companies to communicate their goals, procedures, policies, and expectations with employees. Ideally, handbooks are a useful point of reference, and help to avoid miscommunications regarding workplace conduct. The key to a well-crafted handbook is including necessary information without making it monotonous or overloaded. To Include Best practices […]

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August 25, 2015

3 Small Businesses Using Culture to Create Unique Employee Benefits

Everyone knows that big companies like Google, Facebook, and Netflix offer some incredible perks of employment, but what about small businesses? Can the so-called “little guys” compete on perks without deep pockets? As it turns out, the answer is ‘yes’. These days, small businesses are offering unique employee benefits that leverage their company culture in […]

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August 25, 2015

When an employee is terminated for violating a company policy, what is the best way to notify the workforce of the termination?

Violating company policy can be the basis for a behavior-related termination. When it comes to notifying the workplace about the termination, much depends on the specific situation. Notifying the workplace immediately is usually a good idea. Besides the staff who will deal directly with the termination (likely the IT department and the benefits administrator), other […]

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