Tag: benefits

Optimism Bias

Popular culture is awash with overt and subconscious messages instructing us to think positively. From children’s stories about the “Little Engine that Could” and his mantra of “I think I can. I think I can” to self-help books for adults professing the genuine, mystical power of positive thought, the message is clear: It’s positive to […]

Benefits Expert Shares Lessons of the Pandemic

We’ll likely spend the next 10 years understanding everything the pandemic has changed about work. One of the fields that saw rapid and constant change is employee benefits. But what, precisely, changed and why? What works now? What does not? Today’s “Faces of HR” guest spills the beans.

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New Employer Benefits for the Post-COVID World

The pandemic’s sweeping impacts shifted how, when, and where millions of people work. Firms that previously did not allow remote working under any circumstances changed their tune and offered flexible working options. As part of this broader change, companies also altered the benefits they offered to new hires and existing workers. As the pandemic fades […]

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Consequences for Failure to Recertify

An employee had to recertify his qualifying condition because of an established pattern of potential Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) misuse, but he failed to cooperate with the recertification process and didn’t provide the requested information. If he seeks FMLA protection for future absences, should we deny the request, or are we required to […]

3 DEI Practices Companies Can Implement Immediately

People are demanding more from their employers when it comes to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. After years of limited progress, is now the time for a breakthrough? With all the attention on DEI over the past year and growing momentum from employees, HR teams have their CEO’s ear. Now more than ever, […]

Employer’s Ambiguous Communications Lead to Trial in FMLA Case

Ambiguous and confusing communications by an employer and benefits administrator to an employee about her Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and short-term disability (STD) leave requests created issues of fact for a trial to decide, a federal district court in Columbus recently ruled. Facts Abby Knaup worked for Molina Healthcare of Ohio from April […]

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Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Payroll

Processing payroll has a lot of variables. Organizations need to understand federal, state, and local income tax requirements; how to process wage garnishments; how to set up payments for any benefits that come out of payroll, etc. There are also regulatory and compliance issues like the distribution of W-2s.

Ask the Expert Mailbag: Employee Benefits Week Edition

When it comes to compliance, sometimes it helps to share specific cases and how employment lawyers approached them. Today, we share three benefits-related questions submitted to our employment lawyers, along with their answers. Learn whether to give a 1095-C form to an employee who declined coverage, whether offering higher plan contributions for more tenured employees […]

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Borderless Pension Plans

As organizations become more global, HR leaders face the challenge of how best to reward and protect certain groups of their international staff. Pensions and savings benefits are often tightly bound by local rules and restrictions that can exclude some workers or render the benefits unattractive or insecure. One option is to look at the […]