Tag: Employee Benefits

FMLA

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 […]

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 […]

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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Hey, HR, Your Employees Are (Finally) Interested in Their Voluntary Benefits

Typically, employees think about their benefits two times: when they are first hired and the day before benefits elections are due. This year, however, things are very different. According to recent research from Voya Financial, 71% of employees plan to spend more time reviewing their voluntary benefits this year compared with last. The reason for […]

Unequal Benefits Part 2: Ways to Combat the Issue

We’ve talked in the past about the idea that not all benefits are utilized equally by employees and how this may inadvertently create a situation in which benefits seem to help some employees much more than others. This is often the case for benefits that target those who are married or those with children. The […]

Student Loan Assistance Benefits Employers and Employees

Student loan debt casts a wide net and draws in a lot of people: students burdened with financial stress; workers who must reskill and upskill; and employers that must fill skills gaps and are seeking to increase diversity in their companies. People in each of these groups face financial constraints caused by student loan debt.

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Not All Benefits Are Made Equal

Some benefits will, by default, benefit some employees but not others. Sometimes, this is a result of the employees who choose to utilize them. Sometimes, it’s because not all employees are eligible for certain benefits. But sometimes, it stems from a difference in employee familial status: Married employees with children often get a better deal […]

What Are Portable Benefits?

As the name implies, portable benefits are benefits that can be tied to the person, not the job, and thus can be carried into a new job. The benefit itself is ported either into the new employer’s plan or to the individual on his or her own. This is possible and common with many types […]