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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 29, 2015

What We’re Watching: Big Health Insurance Company Mergers

Last week, two of the largest health insurers, Anthem, the largest health insurer in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Cigna, announced a mega-merger that, if approved, would provide health insurance to 53 million Americans. This followed the announcement three weeks earlier by two of the other big insurers, Aetna and Humana, that they […]

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HR sins

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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July 15, 2015

Proposed Overtime Changes: How and When They’ll Affect Your Business

Last week, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Labor Department delivered a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to raise the salary threshold for overtime from $23,660 to $50,440. The proposed regulation would affect over five million employees, who would become entitled to time-and-a-half pay for every hour worked beyond 40 hours per […]

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July 13, 2015

The Difference Between Contractors & Employees: A Two Minute Worker Classification Test

Several giants in the on-demand economy, including Instacart and Uber, are currently at the center of an ongoing debate around whether casual workers like crowdsourced couriers and chauffeurs are part-time employees or independent contractors. The two worker classifications differ in important ways, and the question of whether to classify workers as obligation-free contractors or full-benefits employees […]

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July 3, 2015

8 Hot Summer Books for HR Managers

Nothing beats a good book while you’re soaking up the sun. Our summer HR book shortlist takes you out of the realm of pure productivity tips to get you thinking about your biggest challenges. Before you jet off, slip one of these titles into your carry-on and return to the office rested and ready to […]

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July 2, 2015

New IRS Rule Significantly Changes How Small Businesses Offer Health Insurance

For many years, small businesses that didn’t offer group health insurance would often help employees with health care by reimbursing or subsidizing individual plan premiums. These payments were considered non-taxable benefits. As of July 1, however, no business—including small businesses under 50 employees—may directly reimburse employees for medical costs or individual insurance plan premiums Companies […]

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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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June 15, 2015

6 Employee Benefits Required by Law

When businesses are birthed, it’s typically the owner who gets things started. Once a business experiences a measure of success, all of a sudden the employer is forced to learn how to manage the small business and how to handle the human resource responsibilities. It can be an exciting yet painful process to figure out all the legalities of hiring […]

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June 1, 2015

HR Best Practices: Going Beyond Minimum Requirements

Every year brings changes to employment laws. For HR professionals, this means regularly reviewing employee handbooks and policies and making updates to remain in compliance. It may be tempting to adjust your policy to meet the bare minimum requirements, but such an approach is not always in the best interest of your company. Understand How […]

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