In the beginning, there was the Personnel Department. Its job was to handle the mechanics of hiring and firing – basically, a clerical operation. Then came Human Resources, which was supposed to transform the department’s role into a dynamic player in finding, developing and keeping top talent. So why hasn’t that transformation taken place? Consultant […]
SECURE Act changes affect part6-timers, new parents, more.
The transition from employer coverage to Medicare usually happens while the employee is still on the payroll, so the job often falls to HR to help employees navigate this critical change.
Top compliance challenges to prepare for now
Most employees aren’t comfortable yet – in the office or at home. Among the newest stressors: vaccine worries. Fortunately, HR can – and will want to – help ease their worries, especially since safety is nearly always on their minds. “When we don’t feel physically safe, we can’t think. If we can’t think, we won’t […]
Between the ACA, ADA, FMLA and a host of other federal and state regs, some employers are coming to the stark realization that HR can’t do it all on its own.
There’s good news for those who missed out on a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the first time around: The program has been extended for eligible businesses, with key updates designed to fix some of the initial kinks that plagued the original plan. The PPP was created by the Trump administration to provide […]
You work hard to make all of your benefits communications as good as they can be. But where does all that work end up? It can be tough for you to know how effective your communications have been. You’re not alone. Studies have shown that as many as 40% of companies can’t effectively measure internal […]
5 areas where employer health plans can go wrong
If a company decides to eliminate spousal and dependent coverage under its group health plan, does it have an obligation to offer COBRA to the spouses and dependents that were dropped from the plan?
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) mandates employers to provide paid sick leave requirements in response to the coronavirus.
Handling telework requests, medical inquiries, more
Open enrollment this year will be unlike any other. How do employers prepare for engaging workforce?
It’s a win-win for employers and employees. Letting workers choose their own benefits – with a lifestyle spending account (LSA) – is a way of empowering them and retaining them. For firms, particularly smaller ones, it’s also a way they can compete when attracting new talent. An LSA is an account funded exclusively by firms […]
Nearly one in three millennials suffers from mental health conditions, and COVID-19 is only making it worse, says a new study. Over a five-year period, there’s been a downward trend in the health of millennials (aged 22-37), says the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association study. Researchers found among millennials, there’s been a: 43% increase in […]
We’d been one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 22+ years. But our employee assistance program’s (EAP) mental health benefits weren’t keeping up with the rest of our best-in-class benefits package. Employees were struggling to find in-network providers. Plus, scheduling appointments was time consuming. It was also hard to tell how much of […]
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