HR Insights

8 Things To Be Grateful For At Work

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, vying for that the last slice of pumpkin pie or fending off a well-earned food coma. It’s about celebrating all of the wonderful things that we are thankful for in our lives. Your job is no exception. We spend a great deal of time at work – collaborating with colleagues, building client relationships, growing our skill set and hopefully doing what we love. Figuring out what you’re grateful for at your job not only provides clarity and vision on... Read More

Umbrella Insurance for Your Business and Peace of Mind

Umbrellas provide protection against more than just inclement weather. In a culture where litigation is commonplace, business owners have many more worries than making profits and retaining top employees. If your product injures a consumer, your organization could face a devastating lawsuit, exponential damages and a tainted reputation inthe marketplace. To assist with the financial burden of a claim, many business owners purchase commercial umbrella insurance on top of their standard commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policies. Most CGL policies have an aggregate limit that, once exhausted, will not cover... Read More

5 Ways to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Today’s market is competitive. More so than ever for employers seeking top talent. Let’s face it, there are other companies out there just like yours. So, what differentiates your company from the others? These days, simply offering more money just doesn’t cut it. The best talent out there will be considering several options. While a higher salary may help, but it’s only a small piece of the puzzle, especially with today’s generation entering the workforce. Attracting millennials has become extremely important for local, national and even international companies. Millennials are dominating... Read More

The 411 on Open Enrollment 2019: Educating and Empowering Your Employees

Open enrollment is a period of time each year when employers permit new employees to enroll in a health plan and allow current employees to make changes to their existing medical coverage. During open enrollment, employees may decide to change plans, add or drop a dependent or add an optional benefit, such as a dental plan. When it comes to open enrollment, effective communication is key. Employers can assist employees during open enrollment by distributing materials that explain new health options and changes to existing benefits. Here’s how… Open Enrollment... Read More

Getting Engaged with Engagement: The Value of Investing in Employment Retention Strategies

When employees spend more waking hours with their colleagues than they do their own families, it’s no surprise that successful employee engagement continues to be a high priority and is quickly becoming one of the most important indicators in gauging work satisfaction. Right now, employees are looking for more than just a 9-to-5 job. They want to feel deeply connected to their work, excited about the company they work for and committed to their fellow colleagues. In fact, according to a study of companies with over 500 employees, researchers found that 71% of... Read More

Are You Prepared for 2019 Open Enrollment?

Hitting your benefits enrollment deadline is essential for ensuring your employees don’t experience any problems with their benefits package. After all, no one wants to be told there’s a problem with their health coverage when they’re standing in line at the pharmacy or waiting to be seen at their doctor’s office. The work associated with the open enrollment period is time consuming—especially for your human resources department. Rates for existing insurance plans must be updated, and integrations for those switching to a new human capital management provider must be built... Read More

New Group Disability Claim Rules for Employers

New Group Disability Claim Rules for Employers

In January of this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that, as of April 1, 2018, employee benefit plans will be required to comply with new requirements for disability benefit claims. These new rules are in effect now. In 2016, the DOL released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits and are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The final rule was scheduled to apply to claims that are filed on or after Jan. 1, 2018. However,... Read More

Sexual Harassment Policies Can Reduce Small Business Liability

Sexual Harassment Policies Can Reduce Small Business Liability

Following the #MeToo movement, awareness of sexual harassment has increased. In addition, many businesses have placed an increased emphasis on sexual harassment policies and training to prevent sexual harassment claims. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case in the small business world. According to the CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey of more than 2,000 small business owners, only half of businesses with 5-49 employees had formal sexual harassment policies in place. That number decreased to 39 percent at businesses with less than five employees. That’s a stark contrast to businesses with... Read More

New Standards Announced for Employing Unpaid Interns

New Standards Announced for Employing Unpaid Interns

The payment of interns has been a much-debated and often-confusing topic recently. The standards for determining whether internships needed to be paid or unpaid have undergone some major changes over the last several years, and have left many employers—and interns—confused about employing unpaid interns. To clarify the situation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on January 5, 2018, that it would adopt a new standard for determining whether interns and students are “employees” who must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL clarified that, going... Read More