HR Insights

What Happens If I Miss Open Enrollment?

What Happens If I Miss Open Enrollment

It’s open enrollment time for health insurance and other employee benefits.Open enrollment is the time when you can enroll for the first time in your employer’s health insurance plan, change insurance coverages, and add or remove dependents. This is your opportunity to take advantage of important benefits, such as health, vision, dental and life insurance, a health savings account (HSA), and a retirement plan. If you miss your employer’s open enrollment deadline you could lose coverage for you and your loved ones and  be unable to make changes or enroll... Read More

How to Address and Prevent Workplace Bullying

How to Address and Prevent Workplace Bullying

Four times more common than sexual harassment or racial discrimination in the workplace, bullying should be taken seriously. While it’s non-physical, bullying can cause serious emotional harm. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying isn’t just something that happens in playgrounds and schoolyards. Adults are every bit as capable of bullying, and perhaps to an even more severe degree, than are children. Adults are also as capable as children to prevent workplace bullying and have a legal and moral responsibility to do so.   What is Workplace Bullying? Generally, workplace... Read More

Bill to Offer Comp Time Advances to Senate

Bill to Offer Comp Time Advances to Senate

While comp time, also known as compensatory time, has long been a common practice for many federal and state employers, it has not been allowed for private employers. The Working Families Flexibility Act is set to change that. The Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow comp time for certain employees, if certain conditions are met. This bill (also known as H.R. 1180), will authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week.... Read More

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

How to Make it Through a DOL Audit

At any given time, your company could be selected for a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) civil investigation (commonly known as an audit) to make sure your employee benefit plans are in compliance. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) establishes standards governing the operation of employee benefit plans and grants the DOL investigative authority. In the past, DOL audits of employee benefit plans have focused primarily on retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans. Now that the DOL has started enforcing compliance with the Affordable Care Act, health... Read More

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

Colorado Grants New Protection for Pregnant Women

New Law Applies to Both Employees & Applicants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation on June 1 that makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant job applicant or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The law goes into effect on Wednesday, August 10. This new provision within the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant job applicants, or be subject to discrimination claims if the employer does not provide reasonable accommodation or otherwise discriminates against... Read More

How to Start an Employee Wellness Program

Spring is here and everyone is ready to be outdoors and active again after being cooped up inside for the winter. No doubt your employees are starting to talk about diets and exercise and getting ready for summer. This makes now the perfect time to start an employee wellness program. Next month is Employee Health & Fitness month, so getting started now will put you and your company ahead of the game. Employee wellness programs can be great for morale, great for employee health and great for the financial health... Read More