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Benefits

From 401(k) plans to vacation policy, this topic gives HR and Compensation professionals specific strategies on how to handle benefit plans. Articles also provide guidance to brokers, advisers and consultants.


Illinois Employees Can Soon Use Sick Time for Caregiving

In Illinois, employees soon will be able to use their sick days to care for family members.

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IRS Releases Draft Instructions for 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C

By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Senior Legal Editor

It seems like just yesterday we were all having such fun with the 2015 Form 1095-C, doesn’t it?

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From Medicine to Well-Being: How to Adapt to The Shift in Corporate Wellness

By Celine Vignal, cofounder of Zenytime

Over the last decade, employee health has been a major focus for HR professionals, with initiatives like nurse hotlines, weight loss programs, and on-site vaccinations becoming the norm. While wellness benefits have been on the rise, the types of benefits have clearly shifted to become more inclusive and less rigid. It’s important to keep adapting and give your employees what they want and need. However, to do this you have to know where to start.

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Celiac Disease in The Workplace: Why ‘Gluten-Free’ Matters to Employers

By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Senior Legal Editor

Over the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the increased number of gluten-free products on the grocery shelves … gluten-free menus at restaurants … and more and more friends and family who are choosing to “go gluten-free.”

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Ask the Expert: Should Weeks of FMLA Be Used to Calculate Vacation Benefits?

Our company’s policy is that employees need to average 35 hours per week in the previous year to qualify for vacation time. Do weeks taken as unpaid FMLA count as “0 hour” weeks in the calculation of average hours worked, or should they be excluded when we determine vacation benefits?

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Student Loan Repayment Match: Coming Benefit Trend?

Employers looking to remain competitive in the talent marketplace must stay abreast of the latest trends in salary and benefit offerings. Doing so will help to attract and retain talent in the coming years.

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EBRI Study: Fewer Small Businesses Offering Health Coverage

By David Slaughter, JD, Senior Legal Editor

According to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the proportion of small employers offering health coverage to their workers has declined, but not so with larger employers.

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Inventing a Better Workday for Better Work/Life Balance

By Stephan Aarstol, CEO, Tower Paddle Boards

What if I told you that you could work fewer hours and be paid the same, or even more? What if I told you that you could give all your employees a raise for free, and they could go home early, everyday? What if I told you that this is also the fastest way to grow your business?  I doubt you’d believe me, and I don’t blame you. But here’s the thing: I just did it.

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Company Officials Do Not Have COBRA Liability as ‘Employers,’ Court Rules

By Gwen Cofield

Employers and plan administrators should ensure that adequate procedures are in place so that Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) election notices are sent on a timely basis to qualified beneficiaries. If a third-party administrator (TPA) is used to provide COBRA coverage, an employer’s or plan administrator’s responsibility does not end after notice of the qualifying event is given to the TPA. The plan administrator is ultimately responsible for any COBRA notice failures and, therefore, should monitor the TPA to ensure that notices are sent on a timely basis.

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Chipotle Serving Up Continuing Education Opportunities for Its Employees

Chipotle Mexican Grill has paired up with Guild Education to provide up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement for employees who enroll with select university partners; employees may also be eligible for up to $5,815 in federal financial aid.

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