Benefits and the FMLA Leave

This question was recently asked of the ThinkHR Hotline team: What benefits must be continued while an employee is on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave? What should we do with an employee who is not making his share of the co-payments while out on leave? Their expert answer: Family and Medical Leave Act… Read more »

Uncle Sam Beefs Up Mental Health, Addiction Coverage

Federal regulations under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) require insurance companies and health care providers to treat mental illness and addiction in the same way as physical ailments. That’s good news for everyone with health insurance. The ACA prohibits denying coverage or charging higher premiums to due pre-existing conditions, which include mental illness, while… Read more »

How Well Can Your Workers See?

Employers and employees aren’t seeing the health and productivity boosts of using their vision plans, especially with an aging workforce. According to Transitions Optical, Inc., nearly half of workers fail to take advantage of their vision benefit, either by not enrolling (24%) or not using their benefit to get an eye exam (32%). That’s unfortunate,… Read more »

Survey: Employers Neglecting Wellness Best Practices

In their efforts to control health care costs, most businesses offer their employees wellness programs, which often use incentives to boost participation. A recent nationwide study done by benefits software and solutions provider Bswift, found that more than half of employers that had been surveyed, are overlooking crucial practices that could increase worker involvement in… Read more »

Help Workers Plan For Their ‘Golden Years’

For your workers to enjoy the full financial benefits from their 401(k) plans, experts recommend that employee education sessions make sure that participants: Contribute enough to receive the maximum match. One expert estimates that at least one in three employees don’t make the maximum contribution, which means they’re leaving free money on the table. Avoid… Read more »

Holiday Party Reminders & Religious Accommodation

Eggnog, latkes, old friends, parties – and a lot of beveraging! HR That Works wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! As the host of your company party, you have a legal obligation to make sure that attendees get home safe. Here’s our list of tips to help you meet this responsibility: Make party… Read more »

Three Ways To Boost Your Workers’ Financial Health

The financial well-being of your employees affects their health, their productivity and your bottom line! A recent nationwide survey by Purchasing Power, Inc. found that: A high percentage of employees suffer significant financial stress. More than one in four workers surveyed (28%) find it hard to meet monthly household expenses and nearly half (44%) have… Read more »

Stop the presses! New DOL overtime rule NOT taking effect on December 1st!

As reported here: http://www.hrdive.com/news/flsa-overtime-rule-blocked-preliminary-injunction-granted/431018/ and here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/22/503081151/federal-judge-blocks-obama-administrations-overtime-pay-rule a Texas court has granted a nationwide injunction barring the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule from taking effect on December 1st as expected. Employers are under no obligation to make any changes to either an employee’s compensation level, exempt classification, or timekeeping procedures as may have been… Read more »

Employer Sponsored Disability Insurance: Meeting A Need

A recent study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) spotlights the value of employer sponsored disability coverage in helping meet the health and financial well-being of workers. According the Social Security Administration, one in every four employees will use their disability coverage at some point. Despite this need, the nationwide survey found that fewer… Read more »

Check Out This Social Media Use Checklist

Social media rules! In a recent study, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr users sent tens of millions of messages every day– and new players keep entering the marketplace. Although these platforms provide significant benefits for businesses of all sizes, they also pose a variety of risks. Everything from employment, privacy and security, through intellectual property… Read more »