Human Resources News & Insights

5 ways to make open enrollment easier on employees

Open enrollment is an important time of year, and it can also be confusing and a source of stress for employees. 

Microsoft ups ante on paid leave benefits: Will other firms follow its lead?

An increasing number of companies are offering generous paid parental leave benefits to employees, and Microsoft is certainly no exception. But the tech giant recently made headlines when it unveiled a different type of paid leave benefit. 

Overtime ruling should make employers reconsider this pay option

If you have a compensation and benefits plan that’s set up similarly to the one that just came under fire in this FLSA lawsuit, it’s likely time for some alterations. 

Department of Justice releases HR-specific antitrust guidance

You may want to take a few minutes and read the new guidance the Department of Justice (DOJ) released specifically for HR professionals. At 11 pages, it’s pretty concise for a government document. 

Denying benefits to same-sex spouse costs employer $9k

Sign of the times: A West Virginia-based health facility has agreed to settle with an employee who was denied spousal medical benefits for the sole reason that she is a female married to another female.  

Do your COBRA notices include this? Missing info costs employer $290K

This employer thought its COBRA notices fulfilled its legal obligations. But this recent legal spat revealed two areas employers have to double-check.  

2 benefits never to put on the chopping block

With healthcare costs continuing to skyrocket — along with fears of triggering the “Cadillac” tax in 2018 — employers are looking into what kinds of benefits they can cut. 

Same-sex marriage legalized everywhere: What employers have to do now

The same-sex marriage argument has finally been settled in the U.S — at least from a legal standpoint. Every state is now required to allow and acknowledge same-sex marriages. This has significant implications for employers. Here’s a breakdown of what they are. 

Are nine out of 10 of your employees satisfied with their jobs?

U.S. workers are feeling good about their jobs again.  

Top 10 questions employees have about your health benefits

If you polled your company’s health plan participants and asked them what they wanted to know most about their benefits options, what would they say? This is a pretty good indicator.