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Calculators:
Making sure that the data from multiple surveys is aged to a common date is an essential step in the market pricing process. This calculator provides you with an easy to use tool to paint a more accurate picture of the market and set competitive wages for your employees.
Checklists:
Aging salary data is a simple process with a few easy steps.
Guidance:
Join us for practical tips on how to handle intermittent or reduced schedule leave, stay within FMLA regulations — all while avoiding compromises to your organization’s daily operations.
This webinar provides an overview of healthcare plan rules and regulations for employers under the ACA, as well as an explanation of how the recent Hobby Lobby decision, and other developments that can affect the compliance status of your policies and practices.
Join us for this in-depth webinar. You'll learn the key questions to answer if you are contemplating the use of incentive compensation, whether the conditions are right inside your organization, and, if so, what incentive plans to consider.
This webinar will lead you through this tricky new territory and explain how private exchanges work, what to look for, and how to decide on a brokerage or consulting firm. This webinar will also reveal why these exchanges are becoming increasingly popular and how to effectively compare what different exchanges have to offer.
Workplace change is always hard, and there may be no more sensitive area for employees than salaries. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at a step-based salary system, including pros and cons of setting them up, what the trends are in steps today, and how to both make a decision to move to the system and tips for making that change.
The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 began an extended period during which far-reaching changes to the American healthcare system will take effect, including changes to employer-provided health insurance. The law has required and will continue to require employers to make changes to their plans and important strategic decisions along the way. So what are some of the things employers should be most concerned about now?
Until recently, with the realities of America’s mobile society, it was quite possible to lose track of people—former employees included—especially if they didn’t particularly care to be found. However, the advance of modern technology, led by the Internet, first slowed and then reversed this trend—to the point where anonymity and obscurity have become virtually unattainable. Recognizing this fact, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued updated guidance for locating missing participants in terminating retirement plans and for handling their plan benefits until they’re located.
In an unexpected move, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider cases that challenged the legalization of same-sex marriage in five states: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Let’s take a look at the impact of the Court’s “nondecision.”
Healthcare experts from across the country say the Affordable Care Act is off to a good start but faces a rough road ahead. More specifically, a panel of distinguished academics gathered at Harvard University gave federally driven healthcare reform efforts high marks but cautioned that several daunting hurdles remain.
Aging salary data is a simple process with a few easy steps.
Join us for this a comprehensive overview of the key areas of payroll taxes for multistate employers and tips for ensuring you don't get caught in the multistate payroll tax web!
On September 18, 2014, the IRS issued several pieces of guidance on pressing Affordable Care Act issues, including Notice 2014-55. Notice 2014-55 provides for two new permissible, mid-year cafeteria plan election changes.
Now that fall is in the air and school has started, we thought it would be a good idea to summarize some of the key health and welfare benefit deadlines that are approaching or have just passed.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires individuals to carry minimum health insurance coverage or pay a fine. It also makes certain large employers liable for “shared responsibility payments” if they do not provide health insurance to their employees. Recently, the IRS released draft forms and instructions previewing the information employers and employees will need to provide to comply with their reporting requirements.
In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a favorable decision for retirement plan sponsors and fiduciaries in the case of Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, holding that a fiduciary’s decision to offer employer stock in a 401(k) plan will not be protected by a presumption that the fiduciary has acted prudently in making investment decisions.
Many employers are looking at private exchanges not just as a way to save money in the short-term, but as part of a long-term strategy to lower costs, says a PwC executive. More specifically, growing numbers of larger employers are looking at private health insurance exchanges for their employees as a means of addressing rising regulatory requirements, providing more nuanced coverage options, and containing costs, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute.
Topics covered in this issue: Benefit plans, ACA healthcare coverage, and private health insurance exchanges
A tough economy is causing employers to take a closer look at the numbers to see what's working at every level. HR professionals are feeling this pressure, and it’s more crucial than ever for you to show how HR programs are improving your organization and contributing to meeting goals.
Don’t navigate stormy seas without first participating in this in-depth webinar. You’ll quickly get up to speed on the OFCCP's official self-identification form for individuals with disabilities so you can stay in compliance.
From reference checks, job postings, and résumés to testing data, disciplinary documentation, and medical files to wage and hour records, HR has a lot of documents to keep track of on a day-to-day basis.
This webinar will enable you get a handle on the basics, learn the financial lingo, and start becoming a skilled translator between finance and HR.
This in-depth webinar is designed especially for the HR or compensation professional in need of guidance on how to artfully master unusual pay matters resulting from blended (hybrid) jobs, employee relocations, pay compression, truly unique positions, and much, much more!
This in-depth webinar on best practices for conducting a compensation audit so you can ensure that your organization is ahead of the compensation curve.
This in-depth webinar is led by a seasoned California attorney who will provide a roadmap on how to identify and manage the latest—and ongoing—wage and hour risks in California, so you can effectively evaluate where deficiencies in your current policies and procedures may lie and correct any errors with minimum collateral damage. You’ll get valuable tips on how to navigate new laws, learn what will occur if your organization is audited, and gain insight into how to comply and avoid possible penalties. Don’t get tripped up by new rules—get ready for upcoming changes now!
This timely webinar on auditing your internal practices will help you to determine what's fine as-is, what needs a minor adjustment, and what could cause significant legal headaches under both current laws and probable revised regulations.
It's been another busy year for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so far, and government agencies have released new guidance on coverage waiting periods for 2015 and beyond. Under the ACA, effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, insurers and plans must limit any waiting periods for coverage to 90 days.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, there have been a variety of judicial challenges to it, and it appears that the court system isn’t finished with the law yet. In fact, the ACA has seen a lot of court action this summer.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently challenged severance agreements considered standard in all industries. It also has issued an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” (ANPRM) on the federal sector’s obligation to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities.
Big companies are taking a broad range of actions to cut spending on employee healthcare benefits. That means higher costs for workers, a push for more consumer engagement, and greater use of telemedicine.
On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Here you will find what it means for employers.
In recent months, employers around the country have been scrambling to keep up with developments in the evolving rights of employees in same-sex relationships. This article touches on some recent guidance on the issue from federal agencies.
Topics covered in this issue: ACA regulations, same-sex benefits, and trimming healthcare costs
Policies:
Every company should have a compensation strategy or at the very least a compensation philosophy that defines whether it will pay employees below, even with, or above the market. But, there’s really a bit more to it. For example, it’s a good idea to make formal decisions about everything from the timing of payroll periods to who has the authority to make salary decisions.
Surveys:
How many paid holidays do employees receive? Are they required to work the day before and after to receive holiday pay? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
How many paid holidays do employees receive? Are they required to work the day before and after to receive holiday pay? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
What kind of paid leaves are offered? Do you separate vacation and sick leave or paid time off (PTO)? How much paid leave each year? Is donating paid time off to other employees allowed? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
What kind of paid leaves are offered? Do you separate vacation and sick leave or paid time off (PTO)? How much paid leave each year? Is donating paid time off to other employees allowed? If you want to know about policies other employers have, then find out here!
White Papers:
Millennials have aged and many have now gained enough experience to be in leadership positions. Therefore, understanding what motivates them—and how to pay them in comparison to other generations—becomes even more important.
As the CEO and founder of Capital Concierge, Lisa Slater figured out that by providing many of the services we all need but that relentlessly suck hours from a typical workday, she could give back to employees and employers the one thing most precious to us: time.
Different pay structures in the public and private sectors often come down to this, says Compensation Expert E. James Brennan: the private sector must manage financial factors, like budgets and share price; the public sector must manage something far more difficult—perceptions. What can all of us learn from these differences?
At MassMutual Retirement Services, people are feeling pretty positive about the emphasis women are placing on saving for retirement. After a long history of trailing men when it comes to retirement savings, their latest research shows that women are closing the long-standing gap between the genders.
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