FAQ: Answers to HR’s Most Pressing Questions About Identity Theft Protection Benefits

This is reprinted with permission from AllClear ID. If you are thinking about adding employer-paid identity protection to your benefits package, you may have questions about the value such a benefit brings to both your employees and your business. As a benefits manager, you’re responsible for vetting an array of options to find benefits that …

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3 Things Employees Look for in a Workplace

  Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.com The things that employees look for in a workplace has changed and evolved over the past few years. This can make it challenging for some employers to keep up. If you take a look at the latest trends, you might be easily overwhelmed …

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The IRS announces savings adjustments

The IRS annually adjusts the maximum amounts that employees can save in their 401(k) plans. This chart (borrowed from SHRM) shows the defined contribution plan changes.   Defined Contribution Plan Limits 2019 2018 Change Maximum employee elective deferral* $19,000 $18,500 +$500 Employee catch-up contribution (if age 50 or older by year-end)** $6,000 $6,000 No change …

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Employer mandates that cost the public

On a recent trip to San Francisco, I opened up the menu at a restaurant and found the statement in the picture. Supposedly the “Employer Mandate” is the updated term for “Healthy San Francisco.” SF requires employers to provide health care coverage for their employees. Some have chosen to tack on a separate fee to cover this rather than …

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How to Help an Employee Suffering from Addiction

Today’s guest post is written by Trevor McDonald, who has been through the recovery process from addiction, thus bringing practical experience to this post. Fifty-two percent of about 18.9 million people dealing with substance abuse issues were employed in 2011, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. With these odds, there’s a …

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The Company Car: To Offer or Not to Offer? That is the Question

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org At any forward-thinking company, management will seemingly attempt to provide employees with as many perks as possible, including the offering of a company car or vehicle fleet. While this perk will no doubt be popular amongst employees and may make good financial and business …

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The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Compensable Leave Requirement

As promised in my blog post yesterday, here are the details about the compensable leave requirements under the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. Yesterday I wrote about the fact that companies that wish to be covered by this act must have a Qualified  Flexible Workplace Arrangement  (QFWA) plan under ERISA. To be qualified this …

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Enhancing Job Satisfaction Without Giving a Raise

  Today’s post is brought to you by my friends as SocialMonsters.org. These are good tips for companies that cannot afford monetary increases. The level of unhappiness at work has been steadily increasing over the last few decades with nearly half of Americans expressing their dissatisfaction over their workplace. According to a report by the …

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Mandated Paid Sick Leave- an inevitability?

Many large companies offer paid sick leave to their employees. Many smaller companies do as well, but some do not. For those companies that offer it the amount of time offered varies. In the smaller business market that I work in the average is three days with a range of 0 to 5 days. Some …

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Medicare Part D Announcement Due

The Medicare Part D notice deadline is approaching. Notices must be provided to all Part D eligible individuals who are covered under, or eligible for, an employer’s prescription drug plan — regardless of whether the coverage is primary or secondary to Medicare Part D. “Part D eligible individuals” are generally age 65 and older or under …

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