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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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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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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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May 30, 2015

Improve Your Company Culture With 5 Simple Questions

Culture, as it applies to the workplace, is about much more than free snacks and dress codes. The culture of a company is largely shaped by the mindset and attitudes of each person within the business. It follows then, that to improve your company culture, it’s crucial to take stock of what’s going on inside the heads of […]

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May 20, 2015

Zenefits for Managers with Business Intelligence

Managing HR isn’t easy. At Zenefits, our mission is to make a tough job a little easier by bringing free, powerful HR software to small-and-midsize businesses. We believe that SMBs should have great HR software, just like enterprise companies do. Today, we’re excited to introduce Zenefits for Managers, along with Business Intelligence reports—two products that […]

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