"benefits" Blog Tag

401(k) plan + payroll provider = 401k good things

October 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Ready at HK Finanical Services

Combining your 401(k) plan administration with your payroll provider might sound like putting all of your eggs into one basket, but there are some true benefits to administrators for integrating support for these two functions. Anyone who works with 401(k) plans knows there are strict compliance requirements to managing a plan. Not only are there reporting requirements, but the timing of everything that makes a 401(k) plan run smoothly, is also critically important.

Open enrollment ā€“ personalizing perks pays off

October 10th, 2018 by hrsimple

SHRMS's third in a series of articles on meeting fall 2018 open-enrollment challenges deals with providing employees with the opportunity to tailor benefits to meet their needs.

How can customized benefits increase loyalty? Would employees pay for them on their own? Would they take a pay cut for better choices?

See how employers and employees view the desirability of:

  • paid family leave
  • commuting cost reimbursement
  • parking at work
  • leave to care for an elderly relative
  • pet insurance
  • fertility treatments.

As always, communication is a key.

Help hiring holiday help here

October 2nd, 2018 by John Monroe and Kristina Griffin at FordHarrison

As you can tell by the “seasonal” aisle of your local drug store, holiday season has begun! The seemingly endless stretch of celebrations from October to January brings with it a whole cornucopia of HR issues – including the use of seasonal workers.

Your personal guides / goblins / gobblers / elves, John Monroe and Kristina Griffin, have five basic practices that will get you to the other side of January.

  1. I-9
  2. review timekeeping
  3. local PTO and benefits
  4. how long do you expect them to hang around
  5. train everybody.

Only 90 days until we flip the calendar. You're welcome.

I've changed my name ā€“ to Optimus Prime

September 21st, 2018 by hrsimple

So say an employee, let's call him, for purposes of this exercise, Scott Edward Nall, walks into your office to let you know he has changed his name to Optimus Prime.  Do you:

  1. snicker and ask him if his Laser Axe Hand is really made of energy
  2. wonder why he isn't riding a dinosaur
  3. fall to your knees and plead fealty
  4. start the process of updating Mr. Prime in your HR records.

Four-legged office mates and the pawternity policies they benefit

September 10th, 2018 by Danielle Krauthamer at Fisher Phillips

Queso sitting upright cropped

Some of you know that we have an office dog (who also happens to be my dog Queso, pictured) in addition to other dogs and cats/kittens (Marshall, our 10-day old kitten eating breakfast on our youtube channel - Queso has several cameos).

Danielle Krauthamer at Fisher Phillips provides the four legs you will need to stand on when considering your pawternity policy:

  1. employees love their pets (duh)
  2. different types of pawternity leave
  3. more trouble than it's worth?
  4. implementing the best policy.

Employment agreements ā€“ what to do before you do

August 17th, 2018 by Judy Yi at Polsinelli

Employment Agreements should be called Agreement Employment Agreements because the agreement comes before there is employment for use after employment.

Here are five factors you should consider (so maybe they should be called Consider 5 Agreements Employment Agreements):

  1. complexity
  2. restrictive covenants
  3. term of employment
  4. change in control
  5. post-termination


Milk Stork delivers for working mom's and their baby

August 7th, 2018 by hrsimple

Milkstork r

If you are in the practice of sending employees on overnight business trips AND you employ new mothers AND you believe in treating your employees right we’ve got just the bird for you. 

Milk Stork is the first breast milk shipping company to support nursing mothers who are on the road and need to send their breast milk back home - and they offer special company packages so employers can support their maternal workforce! A-MAZING.

A special thanks to Littler's tweet for the heads up on this awesome company!

PTO on the house!

June 29th, 2018 by Kat Cunnignham, president of Moresource Inc.

Name a benefit that employees want, doesn't cost anything, reduces paperwork and can boost morale and productivity.

Paid time off.

But there are potential downsides and questions you need to ask (and more important, answer) before announcing this wonder benefit to your staff. Kat Cunningham, president of Moresources Inc. lays them out for you.

How to treat fringe benefits for employees

December 30th, 2017 by C. John Wentzell, Jr at Ogletree Deakins

This chapter provides an overview of some fringe benefits that are not among the benefits that can trigger coverage under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and are not discussed elsewhere in this book. Generally, a fringe benefit is a form of non-cash compensation paid to an employee. Fringe benefits provided to employees are taxable unless there is a specifically applicable income tax exclusion. If taxable, the fringe benefits discussed are wages reportable on Form W-2 and are subject to withholding.

The following sections describe some of the more common excludable fringe benefits that might be provided by the typical employer. The list is not exhaustive. Among other things, benefits that could be offered only by employers engaged in a particular line of business (such as reduced tuition for dependents of college and university faculty members) have been omitted.

Service dogs at work

December 29th, 2017 by hrsimple

Customer service dog

(Customer) service dogs at work can work. Our authors @Littler help show how here