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Benefits of Direct Deposit: Employer & Employee

by Tim AustinFebruary 10, 2014 9:36 AM

More than 60% of employees in the USA are paid by direct deposit, and the number will only continue to grow.

Here’s why:

Benefits for Employees

  1. Quick: No more waiting in line to deposit your check at the bank, or sending the paper check to your bank through the ATM or your phone app. Now you can be sure the money gets to where it needs to be. 
  2. Convenient: Employees don’t have to worry about being in the office to get paid. If they are on a vacation or out sick, they can be assured the deposit will be made. They can also control which account the paycheck goes into- maybe they choose to direct funds to a retirement savings plan or a checking or savings account. Bills can be paid immediately online as soon as a deposit is made.
  3. Green: Reduces a company’s carbon footprint, and offering online pay statements that are available 24/7 would also contribute to the green impact. 
 

Direct deposit has benefits for employers and employees. Contact GMS about how our services can help save your small business money. Image: Money in a jar "Money” by Tax Credits is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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Supplemental Insurance Plans: What's Important

by Tim AustinFebruary 7, 2014 8:39 AM

A recent NIH funded study looked at medical expenditure bills that represented more than 8,303 emergency room visits and came up with two startling conclusions: 

  1. There are huge variations in prices.
    Bills sent out for sprained ankles ranged from $4 to $24,110. 
  2. Prices overall are really high.
    The average emergency room visit cost 40 percent more than an average month’s rent (or $1,233 as the average rent is now $871 per month). 
 Supplemental Insurance options avaliable from GMS. Image: Scrabble Series Insurance” by Chris Potter is licensed under CC BY-ND
 

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What’s in a good 401(k) plan? These 7 Elements Can Help Attract and Retain Employees

by Tim AustinJanuary 24, 2014 8:54 AM

According to a Wells Fargo study, 37% of people expect to work until they die. That’s an alarming number, but one that you can use to your advantage.

Most people would rather spend their later years comfortably enjoying their retirement, so by offering a quality 401k plan, you give your business a step up in attracting and retaining quality employees.

Avoid Financial Confusion: Educate Your Group

Before we give you the key elements to a great 401k plan, it’s worth taking a moment to remind you that financial choices can be intimidating and confusing for many employees. One way you can help is by making an effort to ensure employees are educated about their choices. These resources will help make sure everyone is on the same page.

 

What Employees Look for in a 401(k) plan. Image 401K by 401(k) 2013 is licensed under CC by 2.0

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4 Questions You Need To Ask Your Health Insurance Company

by Tim AustinJanuary 3, 2014 9:14 AM

As a small business owner, you probably rely on the services of other organizations to accomplish a range of tasks, services and other duties. Your health insurance broker or policy provider is one you expect has your best interest in mind. The reality is, they may not, especially when it comes to premium and individual claim costs.

With all your other responsibilities, you don’t have time to keep tabs on everything your health insurer does, however, there are some key questions you need to ask in order to effectively evaluate just how much they are working for you:

 

 

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How Much Are Your Employees Worth?

by Danielle Yako & Christina EganJanuary 2, 2014 7:46 AM

With today’s challenging economy, employees are often finding themselves searching for a better paying job.  A recent survey states that 47 percent of top-performers are looking for jobs. That statistic could be earth shattering for any business. "Whenever there’s a shift in talent, it’s the ones you want to keep that leave first."

Little do they know, they may be making more than they think.  Employees typically only see their take home pay and not the cost of the additional benefits you as the employer are offering.  

As an employer, it is imperative to make sure your staff feels valued.  A great way to accomplish this is to show employees everything they are being offered besides what they put in the bank.  By presenting your employees with these facts, it will encourage them to stick around. Turnover rates can not only bring morale down, it is also a huge cost to you. With costs like unemployment taxes, job ad placements, background checks, training, and administrative costs during the process, it could cost you thousands of dollars each time an employee quits.   

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How PEOs Ease Concerns for Small Business

by Tim AustinDecember 30, 2013 8:50 AM

"Keeping the plates spinning," is an idiom many small businesses use to describe the way they manage their human resource responsibilities. Some outsource HR functions to various companies while some tasks are handled by an in-house team member who has many other job duties

There's no need to juggle between outsourcing tasks to multiple companies and attempting to have them work together on your behalf. Professional employee organizations, or PEOs, can help minimize the stress, time and costly resources you spend administering your HR functions by managing: 

 

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Non-Traditional Benefits Your Staff Will Love

by Tim AustinDecember 18, 2013 8:08 AM

Next to salary, employee benefits are a key asset to attract and retain talented workers. While most companies offer standard health, 401(k) and other supplemental benefits, there are some non-traditional benefits that can set you apart from the competition and help you sign the best and brightest to your staff. 

 

Happy employees are key to your company's success. Learn tips on how to keep your workers happy and productive.

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Affordable Care Act Timeline: What You Need to Know for Your Small Business

by Tim AustinDecember 17, 2013 8:36 AM

Maneuvering through federal rules and tax regulations has never been an easy task, especially when you are simultaneously trying to grow your business. The Affordable Care Act makes those waters murkier to navigate with the various stages of implementation and rules for different sized companies. 

As a small or medium sized business owner, there are some significant dates to keep in mind in 2014 as the Affordable Care Act begins to take effect. 

 

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Self-Insured Plans: An Alternative to Government Healthcare

by Tim AustinNovember 26, 2013 1:21 PM

The news channels are flooded with updates on the trials and tribulations of the Affordable Care Act's website and accompanying registration process. Politics aside, the implementation of this piece of legislation could mean big changes and larger financial challenges for your health benefits plan.

Most small business owners today are able to provide some form of health insurance coverage for their employees through large commercial healthcare plans. However, with the Affordable Care Act, these plans will come at a cost for business owners. In fact, Ohio businesses are expected to see a 71% increase in these premiums. 

These high increases may force you to reduce or eliminate the health benefits you are able to extend to your employees, forcing them to buy insurance from the government’s healthcare marketplace.

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5 Little Known Ways a TPA Can Help Save on Your Healthcare Costs

by Tim AustinOctober 29, 2013 12:35 PM

With the waters of healthcare becoming murkier every day, employers and employees abdicate many of the cost-auditing responsibilities regarding their healthcare to their insurance company. Unfortunately, placing this level of trust in your company’s health insurance carrier leaves the proverbial fox to mind the hen house.

Those who purchase health coverage through a commercial provider mistakenly believe their insurance company is actively advocating for them and monitoring the costs incurred for healthcare services. While this is far from the case, the shocking part of this reality is that the insurance companies are forcing you to pay more than you should for your company's coverage.  

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