The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

The fourth Thursday of every April is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, so this year it falls on April 24. To head off requests and confusion about whether or when the kids can come, establish some ground rules …

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Good news for anyone who’s been scurrying to meet the Dec. 31 deadline to comply with new documentation regs on nonqualified deferred compensation plans: The IRS is giving you another year to put in your 409A paperwork. The new deadline is Dec. 31, 2008 …

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Two-thirds of organizations with traditional defined-benefit pension plans have closed them to new employees, frozen them for all participants or plan to do so within two years. A new survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute also found that most employers increased their contributions to employees’ defined-contribution 401(k) plans …

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Health fairs teach employees about your organization’s wellness programs and encourage them to practice healthier habits—but only if they show up. To get your employees interested in blood-pressure screenings and dieting information, think of a hook that will draw them in …

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Many of the new teachers who take jobs with the Charles County, MD, public school system need help adjusting to small-town life after they are hired. That help comes in the form of a teacher-services department staffed by a secretary, a veteran teacher and an HR specialist …

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No animals live at the “petting zoo” at Booz Allen Hamilton’s McLean, VA, headquarters. Instead, the main attraction is “hot-off-the-presses” technology. Employees of the technology consulting firm can sneak a peek at—and try out—high-tech products before they hit the market …

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Georgia-based insurance firm Aflac is helping its employees buy their first homes through a program with a local agency. Aflac works with NeighborWorks, which teaches employees how to purchase a home and offers sessions on financial and debt management …

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Employees at Xerox can buy extra vacation time through a payroll deduction. Instead of paying for the extra vacation time all at once, employees can make weekly or monthly fixed-rate installments through payroll deductions …

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Employees love company cars, especially if they frequently drive to client sites and are allowed to drive the cars home. Whether your organization supplies the sought-after sedans to staffers who drive around for business—such as sales reps and IT repair techs—or as a perk for valued employees, the road will be smoother if you set down clear policies in writing …

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More than 60% of employees are counting on a defined-benefit pension plan to fund retirement, even though they acknowledge that the system is moving away from that traditional savings system. Among workers whose employers have reduced their retirement benefits, nearly 40% say they haven’t done anything to pick up the slack. Your organization can help employees build their nest eggs. Here are six ways …

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