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California Bans Salary History Inquiries

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on California Bans Salary History Inquiries

California Bans Salary History Inquiries

Beginning January 1, 2018, California employers will no longer be able to ask applicants about their current or previous salary or hourly rate of pay, whether on an employment application or during the interview process. Additionally, employers must provide an applicant with the pay scale for the position upon reasonable request. If an employer is aware or becomes aware of an applicant’s salary history, that information should not be used to determine the rate of pay offered, unless the information was volunteered by the applicant without...

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Can someone be both an employee and an independent contractor?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on Can someone be both an employee and an independent contractor?

Can someone be both an employee and an independent contractor?

Can the same person be both an employee and an independent contractor? According to IRS guidelines, it is possible to have a W-2 employee who also performs work as a 1099 independent contractor so long as the individual is performing completely different duties that would qualify them as an independent contractor. Some legitimate examples that we have seen of this circumstance are: A Receptionist also owns a cleaning service business with their spouse. The company contracts with the team to perform janitorial services after hours for the...

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How to Help Employees During the Busy Season

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on How to Help Employees During the Busy Season

How to Help Employees During the Busy Season

We’re approaching my department’s busy season. Is there anything we can do during this time to help our employees and reduce their stress? Yes! Here are a few things you can do to make the busy season run as smoothly and stress-free as possible: Remove or reassign non-essential work duties: Before the busy season begins, ask employees in your department to make a list of tasks that other departments could feasibly handle for them. Then work on transitioning those tasks or simply hold off on non-essential tasks until things slow down. Allow...

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Requirements for Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on Requirements for Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors

Requirements for Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors

There are a variety of reasons that an employer might want to classify a worker as an independent contractor (IC). The most compelling are usually the tax savings and the administrative time savings of not having to put that individual on payroll. Often employers believe that if they hire a temporary employee, this option is available to them since it seems to make sense that you shouldn’t have to jump through as many hoops when only employing someone for a few days or even a few months. Other employers believe that a worker’s consent...

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Why do employees stay? Conducting the Stay Interview

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on Why do employees stay? Conducting the Stay Interview

Why do employees stay? Conducting the Stay Interview

Like the exit interview, the stay interview solicits employee feedback; but instead of being conducted as an employee exits, it’s conducted before employees decide to leave. As the name implies, the stay interview asks employees why they stay with their jobs. By conducting this kind of interview with your employees, you may be able to make improvements that help you to retain key talent. Preparing for Stay Interviews Stay interviews ask employees to assess what they like and dislike about working for their organization. But if employees...

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Are job descriptions required by law?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on Are job descriptions required by law?

Are job descriptions required by law?

Are job descriptions required by law? Job descriptions are not required by law, but they’re certainly great to have and serve several purposes. First, a job description, when accurately written, should reflect the actual work done. The applicant or employee can see what will be expected of them and to what they’ll be held accountable. The job description helps eliminate any confusion about what job duties are assigned to the employee. It will also prove useful when conducting performance evaluations and goal setting, as you will have a...

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Can you look through an employee’s email while they’re still employed?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Blog News | Comments Off on Can you look through an employee’s email while they’re still employed?

Can you look through an employee’s email while they’re still employed?

Question: Are HRs allowed to look through an employee’s email while they are still employed? The short answer is yes, you can monitor employee email. As a general rule, employees should not have an expectation of privacy when using company computers or email accounts. That said, the law is not perfectly cut and dry, so you should have both a legitimate business reason for doing so and a policy that puts employees on notice that you do – or could – review their email. If you decide to monitor employee email, I recommend that you...

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No Matter the Size of Your Company, the Cadillac Tax Applies to You!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Blog News | Comments Off on No Matter the Size of Your Company, the Cadillac Tax Applies to You!

“In 2018, the excise tax is anticipated to hit 17 percent of all American businesses, and 38 percent of large employers. Large employers subject to the excise tax in 2018 will pay an average of $1.0 million that year, and an average of $2.1 million per year from 2018 to 2024, or over $2,700 per employee.”    – American Health Policy Institute It not uncommon for small-medium size employers to say the ACA does not apply to them. Many think that the main cause of concern in the ACA is the employer mandate penalty. Employer mandate...

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Why is Benefit Insurance Backed Up this Year?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog News | Comments Off on Why is Benefit Insurance Backed Up this Year?

Why is Benefit Insurance Backed Up this Year?

The final months of the year have always been busy for employee benefits insurance servicing entities, brokers and carriers.  However, the grandfathering, grandmothering, early renewal options, as well as last-minute carrier plan and legislative changes resulting from the ACA, have heavily increased the workload. More employers than ever before are renewing their employee benefits insurance in the same couple months of the year making for a historical 2015.  Employers should be prepared that ID cards and other servicing may be delayed....

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Expensive and Confusing Group Medical Insurance Changes for Companies with 51-100 Group Medical Enrolled Employees

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog News | Comments Off on Expensive and Confusing Group Medical Insurance Changes for Companies with 51-100 Group Medical Enrolled Employees

Expensive and Confusing Group Medical Insurance Changes for Companies with 51-100 Group Medical Enrolled Employees

Prior to renewal season 2015, many small-medium size employers weren’t fully aware of the magnitude of the impact that would be caused by the ACA’s ‘small group’ employer definition change from 50 or fewer employees to 100 or fewer employees. Due to the complexity of the law and lack of early carrier data surrounding the changes, many employers were shocked to find high group medical insurance renewal rates with reduced benefits. Although a relatively small number of employers experienced rate reductions, the...

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