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Align your jobs with BLR job grades. Just rank your jobs from lowest to highest in the organization, group them by job grade family, and verify alignment by benchmarking selected jobs from each job grade family.
Tracking turnover can help to identify trends that provide an early indication of potential problems in compensation, management practices, workload, etc. This provides the HR professional with valuable information that can be used to address issues before key employees leave the organization. This worksheet will calculate monthly, quarterly, and annual turnover rates.
Guidance:
Does your state expand unemployment compensation coverage beyond the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)?
Does your state exclude certain classes of employees from unemployment compensation coverage?
Does your state have health insurance continuation and conversion requirements in addition to COBRA?
(A.) What agency administers disability insurance in your state? What are the specifics on coverage, self-insurance options, and financing?
(B.) How does your state define disability? How are the base period, benefit year, earning resuirements, benefit amount, and benefit duration calculated? Can employees be disqualified from receipt of benefits?
(C.) What are the calculations for weekly benefit amount, duration of benefits, deductions, and partial week benefits? Is there a waiting period?
What workers' compensation issues must employers be aware of?
What are your state’s basic workers’ compensation requirements for employers?
How frequently must employers in your state pay employees? Does your state have special rules for callback/report-in pay?
Does the state have requirements regarding "small necessities" leave?
Does your state have special requirements for employers to provide paid sick leave or other paid time off? Find out using this state-by-state comparison chart.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the compensation metrics you need and how to interpret them so you can be sure your compensation program is optimized.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the compensation metrics you need and how to interpret them so you can be sure your compensation program is optimized.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the compensation metrics you need and how to interpret them so you can be sure your compensation program is optimized.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the risks and rewards associated with employee wellness programs, and how to keep your employees healthy and your organization in compliance.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the risks and rewards associated with employee wellness programs, and how to keep your employees healthy and your organization in compliance.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the risks and rewards associated with employee wellness programs, and how to keep your employees healthy and your organization in compliance.
Does your state require employers to pay earned vacation and/or sick days upon separation? Is there a “use it or lose it” policy? Does your state have any special restrictions on the use of paid leave to account for partial-day absences for exempt employees?
Does your state have its own minimum wage? Does your state have exemptions to its minimum wage requirements?
What are your state’s overtime requirements?
Does your state have timely payment requirements for commissions and/or requirements for figuring commissions?
While employers have been granted a one-year reprieve from the dreaded employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the revised deadline is quickly approaching. So how will employers respond? Surveys show nearly all employers intend to continue offering coverage in some form or another. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office estimates employer-sponsored coverage will actually expand under the ACA. However, that doesn’t mean employers intend to maintain the status quo in terms of their benefit offerings (although, as noted below, many employers intend to do just that, at least for the short term).
On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued Part XVIII of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Mental Health Parity Implementation. The Departments’ ACA Implementation FAQs have been important sub-regulatory tools for divining regulatory intent on complicated, and continually evolving, issues. This article addresses FAQs Part XVIII related to ACA implementation, including guidance regarding preventive services, cost-sharing limitations, fixed indemnity insurance, wellness programs, and expatriate health plans, as they relate to group health plans.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision that provides some welcome guidance to employers with employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Court upheld a three-year limitations period in a long-term disability plan. The terms of the plan required participants to file a lawsuit to recover benefits within three years of the “proof of loss.” The Court ruled that because ERISA does not specify a limitations period, the plan’s three-year deadline was reasonable and enforceable.
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) has been implemented across the country, it has made headlines and sparked controversy over its potential effect on healthcare costs and the number of insured Americans. Now, a recent Gallup poll indicates that as of January 2014, the rate of uninsured individuals is the lowest the country has seen in the past 14 months. Does that prove Obamacare is working? Maybe, maybe not. Tellingly, even the White House is expressing caution about concluding that the ACA is responsible for the decline.
Topics covered in this issue: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Healthcare Insurance
When it comes to paying overtime, what seems like easy math can get very complicated very quickly if you’re not up to date on federal regulations for calculating what you owe.
When it comes to paying overtime, what seems like easy math can get very complicated very quickly if you're not up to date on federal regulations for calculating what you owe.
When it comes to paying overtime, what seems like easy math can get very complicated very quickly if you're not up to date on federal regulations for calculating what you owe.
More and more often, employers are opting to replace their sick and vacation leave banks with paid time off banks. There are plenty of upsides -- employees are more satisfied, and they tend to take fewer unplanned leaves of absence. But is it really that simple?
More and more often, employers are opting to replace their sick and vacation leave banks with paid time off banks. There are plenty of upsides -- employees are more satisfied, and they tend to take fewer unplanned leaves of absence. But is it really that simple?
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to effectively manage paid time off for your organization.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the challenges and solutions for handling your workers’ comp claims.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the challenges and solutions for handling your workers’ comp claims.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn the challenges and solutions for handling your workers’ comp claims.
Does your state have requirements for military leave that go beyond federal law?
Does your state require granting leave to employees for jury duty and/or witness service?
Does your state have a deadline for employers to give final paychecks?
Does the state have requirements on family and medical leave that differ from federal law?
Does your state allow employers to require direct deposit of paychecks? Does your state have special rules on the use of payroll cards?
Does your state restrict employers from making payroll deductions? Does your state prohibit firing employees because of wage garnishments?
What are your state’s rules for hiring minors?
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to properly compensate sales professionals in a manner that aligns with your organization's mission.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to properly compensate sales professionals in a manner that aligns with your organization's mission.
In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to properly compensate sales professionals in a manner that aligns with your organization's mission.
Does your state have specific requirements for meal periods? What about breaks? Find out using this state-by-state comparison chart.
Does state or local law require employers to offer spousal benefits to same-sex partners or common-law spouses?
Beginning January 1, 2015, for employers with 100 or more employees (and 2016 for employers with 50 to 99 employees), the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will require large employers (with 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent, or FTE, employees) to offer minimum essential health insurance coverage to a certain percentage of their full-time employees (and their dependents) or pay a penalty on all full-time employees (not including the first 30). This is commonly referred to as “play or pay.” For a large employer with a full-time workforce (employees who work more than 30 hours per week), it’s easy to determine who needs an offer of health insurance to avoid a penalty: everyone. But what about employers with large variable-hour workforces that aren’t sure who qualifies for an offer of health insurance coverage as a full-time employee?
Surveys:
Date Opened: 03/04/14 Date Closed: 3/25/14 Participants: 2,032
Date Opened: 03/04/14 Date Closed: 3/25/14 Participants: 2,032
Offering either a 401(k) or 403(b) retirement savings plan to employees is a best practice for many U.S. employers. In fact, 86.6% of the employers responding to our 2014 survey offer one of these plans. Only 39.9% (compared to 33% in 2013) of those who answered the question, however, automatically enroll employees, though 2.3% (compared to 2.5% in 2013) plan to implement auto-enrollment in the future.
See the results of our 2014 Retirement Survey.

Open Date: 02/03/2014
Close Date: 02/26/2014
Survey Participants: 1,612
White Papers:
You could argue that the “rising cost of health care” has become a clichéd phrase in the benefits arena; it is used so frequently that it doesn’t seem to elicit much of a reaction anymore. But healthcare costs are obviously an ongoing concern for benefits professionals—a concern that is not likely to go away anytime soon.
A couple of phrases are making the rounds in retirement plan circles; perhaps you've heard them. They are "retirement readiness" and "independent fiduciary." While they have different meanings, they are more connected than you may suspect.
A new survey illustrates how much has changed in the world of employee compensation over the past 5 years, with employers far more concerned about retaining talent than they were in 2009.
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