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5 Pitfalls to Administering a Compliant Retirement Plan

May 16, 2018

When I began consulting, I always knew I would be helping companies solve HR problems.  In fact, that was the reason I was there! What has surprised me the most is the number of retirement plan account problems I have encountered throughout my time with Helios. Administration of retirement...

Compliant & Competitive Leave Programs for Small Business

May 2, 2018

Throughout my time as an HR consultant, I have worked with companies of all sizes, but for the purpose of this article, I wanted to focus primarily on small business.  When talking about policies and compliance topics one of the first questions companies ask is about the different types...

How to Survive Open Enrollment

October 24, 2017

You just met with your Meltzer Rep and signed the renewal for next year’s insurance programs.  What should you do now with your benefit plan changes going into effect in few months? Getting organized is the first step to a successful Open Enrollment. Determine Your Communication Methods Depending on your...

4 Tips to Help You Best Prepare for Open Enrollment

October 9, 2017

        Fall is here and this is the time of year that some employers dread…Open Enrollment season. It’s never too early to prepare for open enrollment and engage your employees to make health care choices for the following plan year. Being overwhelmed during the process is...

What Is Long Term Care Insurance?

June 12, 2017

Like most of us, you probably hope or expect your children will take care of you when you are no longer self-sufficient.  Unfortunately, most children will NOT take care of their parents.  Eye opener, right? In this article, I will guide you through the who, what, when, where, why,...

How to Review Your Wellness Program for Compliance

May 23, 2017

Employers that offer health benefits to their employees may also offer wellness programs to contain health plan costs, help employees stay healthy and increase employees’ knowledge as health care consumers. Wellness programs – also referred to as disease-management programs, employee wellness plans or programs, corporate wellness programs, or a...

Why Not Taking Time Off from Work Creates Business Problems

May 19, 2017

Paid Vacation is Best For Business! Paid vacation is an employer optional benefit – a very important benefit.  In fact, it is the #2 ranked benefit contributing to employee satisfaction (#1 is healthcare) according to Glassdoor. It is now officially Summer 2017 and all employees, managers alike, need to...

Are you Ready for the Working Families Flexibility Act?

May 5, 2017

Since revisions to the Fair Standard Labor Act’s (FSLA) overtime rule was stopped ten days prior to going into effect on December 1, 2016, overtime has been on the minds of employers. Many HR professionals, myself included, poured over reports of employees and salaries to see who would be...

How to Offer Unlimited Sick Leave & Migitigate Risk as an Employer

April 5, 2017

Mitigating Risks of Unlimited Sick Leave Unlimited sick leave policies are gaining popularity as a great addition to an organization’s total rewards package. However, most employers tend to not implement the policies because of the risk factors.  Yes, you might have that occasional employee who abuses the policy, but...

SCA and the ACA: The Cost of Compliance

March 28, 2017

Service Contract Act & Affordable Care Act Requirements Review Recognizing so many of my clients are government contractors, I know it can be tough keeping up with compliance. It gets especially tricky if you have McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) contracts in an already highly regulated industry. With the addition...

DOL Fiduciary Rule Review: New Proposal for a 60-Day Delay

March 6, 2017

On Wednesday, March 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the applicability date (currently April 10) of the Fiduciary Rule, which would also include a delay to the Prohibited Transaction Exemptions, specifically the Best Interest Contract Exemption. The DOL has listed two comment periods: a 15-day...

A Review of the Top Incentive Plan Design Trends for Small Business in 2016 – 2017

July 5, 2016

One of the main factors that contributes to the United States being a world super power is in large part due to its economy. While in recent years the US economy has suffered major setbacks and the deterioration of many industries due to offshoring and certain product lines becoming...

What the Gender Gap Is Costing Business

May 12, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Jackpot Lurking in HR Companies, large and small alike, are always trying to find ways to increase bottom line results and return profits to the organization, shareholders and employee base to signal healthy business operations and strong leadership. I cannot name one client of mine who...

Is Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) Right for Your Business?

April 15, 2016

The idea of employees having an unlimited amount of paid time off (PTO) is a more complicated proposition than it sounds. There’s already a great article on our site that discusses the pros and cons of unlimited PTO plans, and this particular article focuses specifically on the suitability of...

Deadline to Provide ACA Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to Employees – March 31, 2016

March 23, 2016

Don’t Forget to Provide Forms 1095-B & 1095-C by March 31st! Applicable large employers (ALEs) with 50 or more full-time employees including equivalents (FTEs) in 2014 must comply with Section 6056 reporting. ALEs must complete and distribute a Form 1095-C to full-time employees by March 31, 2016. The forms may...