COVID-19 HR Update: Unemployment Benefits and Taxes

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 24, 2020 at 2:44 PM

Who is dreaming about the days of getting back to a normal version of crazy? You know, kids back in school, too many scheduled social gatherings, a day packed with back-to-back in-person meetings, watercooler talk with co-workers, sporting events to cheer at, too many toilet paper options at the grocery store, and bumper-to-bumper traffic in the morning and afternoon. Okay, maybe not so much the traffic.

These are definitely uncharted times that we are going through. It’s such a strange feeling to take that pause that keeps our family members, friends, co-workers, and even total strangers a little safer by staying distant from them. 

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Topics: News Alert, Human Resources, Taxes, Benefits, Unemployment, COVID-19

COVID-19 HR Update: New Federal Benefits Legislation

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 19, 2020 at 4:04 PM

With all the constant, fast-breaking news pertaining to COVID-19, you may not have heard that yesterday, President Trump signed the “phase two” stimulus legislation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides paid leave for certain workers, enhances unemployment insurance, and ensures free testing for infection by the Coronavirus. Unemployment eligibility requirements have been eased by waiving the work search requirements as well as the waiting week before benefits can be claimed. This measure also helps take care of small businesses (those with fewer than 500 employees) by providing reimbursement through tax credits for offering the qualified paid leaves.

Following his a very high overview of the paid leave benefits. For additional, detailed information, we encourage you to refer to the H.R. 6201 Act passed by Congress.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, News Alert, Human Resources, Healthcare, HR Compliance, Family Leave Acts, Benefits

What do those employee benefit acronyms mean and do they apply to my organization?

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 6, 2020 at 1:05 PM

Employee benefits has to be one of the industries with the highest number of acronyms. Things like ACA, COBRA, ERISA, HIPAA, STD, LTD, HSA, HRA, FSA, EOB, and so many more are common in conversations. Most HR professionals need a cheat sheet just to talk the language. Imagine trying to help employees understand each of the terms, not to mention understanding and administering the compliance and regulations that go with each of these.

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Topics: Human Resources, Benefits

Does Your Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 14, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Are all employers required to have an employee handbook? If you answered "no" to this question, you are technically correct. There are no federal or state laws that specifically require companies to create and maintain employee handbooks. HOWEVER, we strongly suggest doing so since, regardless of your company's size, having an employee handbook is a good business practice. There are many laws requiring employers to notify employees of workplace rights (e.g. EEO, sexual harassment, ADA, FMLA), and this document can help with that. In fact, a well-crafted employee handbook helps protect both employer and employees. Following are five specific reasons why having a handbook might be a good idea for your organization.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Benefits

A New Tool for Your HR Toolbox

Posted by Christy Putnam on June 3, 2019 at 10:23 AM

Our knowledge is your knowledge! That is the common expectation in the HR world, right? It's all about sharing resources, training, updates, and knowledge with employees, clients, and even other human resource professionals in our network. We do it because everyone in this role knows what a constant challenge it can be to keep up with changing legislation, benefit offerings, trends, policies, and compliance requirements. You can never have too many tools in your toolbox of HR information.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, Leadership, HR Policies, Company Culture, Benefits, Recruiting

Where do you turn for reliable HR answers?

Posted by James on May 7, 2019 at 9:11 AM
  • Can and should we screen social media accounts as part of the hiring process?
  • We have good reason to believe an employee has been stealing from the register. What should we do?
  • How do we keep an employee at-will but require them to give notice before leaving?
  • Can we ask an applicant why they are leaving their current job?

Where do you turn for answers to these and other HR questions? Google? Colleagues? A coin flip?

Businesses spend an average of 25 hours per month trying to understand and resolve HR issues, and in too many cases much of that time is spent guessing or following poor advice. There's a better way to get reliable information faster, and we're inviting you to see how it works.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Compliance, HR Policies, Benefits, Recruiting

Cost Effective Healthcare Options Available to Small Employers

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 17, 2018 at 3:03 PM

The Department of Labor (DOL) has made it easier for small employers (i.e. generally 50 employees or less) to join together to buy health insurance coverage with big company benefits and potential large group savings. The DOL's recently released Association Health Plan (AHP) final rule expands access for these organizations. AHPs have been around for many years, but the rules on them have now been loosened a little with the newly adopted legislation. AHPs have a better negotiating position due to the health risks being spread over a larger pool than if the members participated individually. The final rule also bestows upon them the ability to self-insure without being required to meet all of the essential benefit mandates of a small employer.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Healthcare, Benefits

Back to Basics with Your Employee Benefits

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 21, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Employee benefits are typically an employer’s second largest expense after payroll. They are also a critical tool for attracting and retaining top talent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a very interesting News Release: Employer Costs For Employee Compensation – September 2017. The study estimates that employee benefits make up 31.7% of an employee’s total compensation, on average.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Benefits

Long Term Care Insurance: sometimes forgotten...until it’s too late

Posted by Christy Putnam on February 7, 2018 at 10:54 AM

"Why do I need Long Term Care Insurance? I already have health insurance!"

This is a common response when people are asked if they have considered Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI). What people don't realize is that their health insurance will typically not cover long-term care needs in a nursing home, assisted-living facility, or in one's own home. Another common misperception is that it's just the elderly population that has these needs. Unfortunately, this is not true, as young people also experience accidents as well as chronic and debilitating illnesses, all of which can create a need for long-term care.

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Topics: Healthcare, Benefits

Should our company’s New Year’s resolution be a wellness program?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 18, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Over the last few years, employee wellness programs have been a common topic of conversation in all size organizations and at multiple levels. Employers have a lot of questions when creating or modifying plans. What follows might help answer some of those questions.

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Topics: Human Resources, Benefits

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