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 »

Your Health Plan – To ‘Grandfather’ Or Not To ‘Grandfather?’

The Health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) give you the opportunity to shop for policies that provide such “essential benefits” as free preventive care. On the other hand, if your current plan was created before March 23, 2010, you might prefer keep it on a “grandfathered” basis. The choice will depend on… 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 »

The ABC’s Of Life Insurance Table Ratings

In Life insurance, a “table rating” refers to the premiums charged policyholders who can’t qualify for standard rates. Companies identify their tables in various ways, such as Table A, B, C, or Table 1, 2, 3. These ratings can be triggered by anything that increases the likelihood of premature death: high blood pressure, cancer, Type… 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 »

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life.” Stephanie Conkle

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 »

Supervisor’s Comments Lead To Age Discrimination Suit

In a case that illustrates how a supervisor’s ill-advised comments can come back to haunt a company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently revived a discrimination case by an older employee who had been laid off. In Sharp v. Aker Plant Services Group, Inc., the plaintiff accused his employer of age… Read more »

Three Ways Successful Leaders Fight Disengagement

When Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and other excellent books, spent some time among West Point cadets, he came away with additional insights into the characteristics of successful leaders. Based on this experience, he wrote an article in Inc. magazine that describes a three-part formula for successful leadership in the workplace. Here’s an… Read more »

Workplace Substance Abuse: $100,000,000 A Year – And Growing

That’s how much the federal government estimates that drug and alcohol abuse costs American businesses. Nearly three in four adult abusers are employed, some of them perhaps by you! You might know these people by their absenteeism rate: they’re off the job at 2.5 times the rate of the average employee. There is no federal… Read more »