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How to Handle the Health Insurance Renewal Process as an Employer

by Tim AustinMarch 16, 2020 9:00 AM

Health Insurance renewals may be one of the most important decisions an employer makes each year. For most small businesses, group health insurance is one of the largest expenses they incur, meaning the process can be quite stressful. To help, we put together some guidance on the renewal period and what you can do to streamline the process for your business.

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Overtime Pay: How to Determine Eligible Employees and Calculate the Regular Rate

by Tim AustinMarch 9, 2020 8:00 AM

After years of proposed changes to overtime laws, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s new updates finally went into effect at the beginning of 2020. The new salary levels make roughly 1.3 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. This news means business owners across the country may have some work to do to keep up with these changes.

While the new standard salary level is a notable difference, it’s not the only change the DOL made. The department also revised rules for highly-compensated employees, regulations on overtime pay calculations, and other crucial details. To help, we broke down exactly what the DOL changed to help you know where your business stands and what you should do next.

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Performance Improvement Plans: What They Are and What They Should Include

by Tim AustinMarch 5, 2020 8:00 AM

An underperforming employee in your organization is an unfortunate reality that every business owner may have to face at one point or another. When an employee is failing to meet expectations, not only do those directly associated with that employee suffer, but the entire company will eventually feel the ripple effect of these behaviors. These repercussions are typically felt more greatly and much more quickly within a smaller business, where every employee tends to play a larger role in the success and failure of your operation.

Eventually, though, you’ll reach a point where it’s clear that the situation has to change. While terminating the employee may seem like the logical course of action when you reach this point, performance improvement plans may offer a better approach to employee performance management.

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SIMPLE IRA vs. 401(k): How Employers Can Choose the Right Retirement Plan

by Tim AustinFebruary 24, 2020 8:00 AM

Retirement plans can be a great benefit for small business owners looking to attract and retain employees. But between IRAs and 401(k)s, it can be challenging to decide which is the best plan suited for your organizational needs. For greater ease, some employers might prefer the SIMPLE IRA. For flexibility, though, the variety of choices available in a 401(k) can make this retirement plan a more attractive option. 

Choosing a retirement plan is often one of the most important financial decisions a business owner can make. To help with your decision, we explained the differences between a SIMPLE IRA and a 401(k) as well as the pros and cons of each retirement savings plan.

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4 Policies That Support a Family-Friendly Workplace Culture

by Tim AustinFebruary 20, 2020 8:00 AM

Over time, it’s becoming more apparent that people’s personal and professional lives will occasionally overlap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 63 percent of families with children under the age of 18 had both parents employed. Add in millions of single parents trying to balance home and work responsibilities and you have a lot of employees who seriously value a family-friendly workplace. 

Managing work and family obligations can take a serious toll on people, which can have a direct impact on your business. Not only can this balance impact the quality of their work, but it can also lead frustrated mothers and fathers to look for more family-friendly workplaces. Fortunately, family-friendly policies are beneficial to employers as well as employees. According to the University of Kansas, a family-friendly workplace can help you:

  • Make employees more productive
  • Create a less stressful work environment
  • Attract more top talent
  • Retain quality employees

So what can you do to make your business more family-friendly? Here are four policies that can help your business appeal to existing and potential family-oriented employees.

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How to Handle Payroll For Out-of-State Employees

by Tim AustinFebruary 17, 2020 8:00 AM

It’s already difficult to manage payroll for a small business, but it can get even trickier if you have employees who work out of state. Whether you have remote employees, live near a border, or have any other reason for an employee to complete their work in a different state, there are certain rules set by the Department of Labor (DOL) and other federal and state agencies that you need to follow when handling payroll for those workers.

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Navigating Overtime Pay: A Breakdown of White Collar Exemptions

by Tim AustinJanuary 14, 2020 8:00 AM

With recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many business owners – and their employees – are trying to figure out exactly who qualifies as exempt from overtime pay under the new rules. Unless you’re ready to dig into Department of Labor (DOL) fact sheets and other documents, it’s not always clear just what counts as white collar exemption these days. To help, we’ve put together a breakdown of these exemptions to help you properly classify your employees.

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Holiday Pay: How it Works and What it Means for Your Business

by Tim AustinNovember 27, 2019 8:00 AM

The holidays are typically a time of joy and celebration, but they also require business owners to make some additional considerations about holiday pay. This type of pay makes it possible for employees to stay home for a selection of holidays and still get paid for those days. However, this benefit isn’t always a guarantee depending on the needs of your business. 

Are you unsure about how to handle holiday pay for your business? We broke down some common holiday pay questions to help you determine how holiday pay can affect your business and the best plan of action for your specific situation.

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Parental Benefits: Should Your Business Offer Maternity and Paternity Leave?

by Tim AustinNovember 21, 2019 8:00 AM

As a business owner, you have to make countless decisions about the types of benefits your business offers. From health insurance plans to PTO, your benefits package impacts your employees and your bottom line. Deciding on the type of benefits you want to offer your employees, like maternity and paternity leave, can be a tricky situation.

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The Different Types of Group Health Insurance

by Tim AustinNovember 14, 2019 8:00 AM

Health insurance is one of the most sought-after employee benefits, but not all health plans work the same way. There are several different types of group health insurance that differ in terms of how the insurance is purchased and how it affects the group’s premiums and plan options. 

Different types of group health insurance plans for small businesses. 

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