Employee Benefits Program

A strong employee benefits program – including low-cost employee incentives, employee recognition programs, and employee appreciation programs – can help you improve morale and retention.

We provide employee appreciation day ideas, help you with employee retention strategies and employee benefits management

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On Dec. 17 the president signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010” into law. This new legislation includes a slew of tax breaks across-the-board. Here are the top 20 for individuals and businesses.

Some little-noticed changes in the massive new health care legislation may affect flexible spending accounts in 2011. Strategy: Fine-tune your annual allocation to a health care FSA. Your decision during the open enrollment period should reflect new restrictions on qualified expenses. The same basic changes apply to Health Savings Accounts.

Workers who participate in employer-sponsored benefits plans are more optimistic about the direction of the U.S. economy in general, but remain extremely concerned about their own situations, according to a new survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer. Their anxiety shows in greater worry about keeping their jobs and the adequacy of their retirement benefits.

While employee handbooks are not required by law, they can prove essential — especially for small business owners that can't afford to lose a harassment or discrimination lawsuit. The employee handbook has become an essential tool in the employer’s arsenal to defend against liability for employment decisions.

Use the DOL's model language to tell employees about the most recent mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For links to download the model language, see "The New Health Care Reform Law."
For the first time, troubles related to housing and moving are the most popular subject of employees’ calls to employee assistance programs, says EAP provider ComPsych.
The EEOC has just issued final regulations implementing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), the federal law that makes it illegal for employers to use genetic information to make decisions about health insurance and employment. Download the final regs here, and then use them as the basis for reviewing your wellness program and other work processes that might violate GINA.
The new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act significantly changes the health care landscape for many employers. Some aspects of the law took effect in September 2010. Most significantly, employees’ children are eligible for coverage until age 26. The new coverage requirement affects all plans renewing on or after Sept. 23, 2010.

Raleigh, N.C.-based Morganite Industries has reaped a 178% return on the investment it made to put its benefits enrollment, communication and data exchange online. It took only seven months for the 2,500-employee organization—which provides tax, benefits, health, safety and financial services for its parent company, Morgan Crucible—to recoup its initial investment.

If your organization’s fiscal calendar works like many others, you’re right in the middle of the busiest time of the year. It’s budget season! While you’re reviewing past expenditures and making projections for 2011, don’t forget to factor in one of the most crucial aspects of the budget process: Convincing your chief financial officer to back your HR budget proposal.

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