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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Like every other aspect of the employer-employee relationship, a variety of federal and state laws govern how employers can administer job-related tests. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ricci v. DeStefano that employers violate Title VII if they do not validate job testing results solely because they fear a lawsuit.

President Obama’s 2011 budget plan calls for the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 100 new enforcement personnel and gain $25 million in new funding to target employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors (ICs). This comes on the heels of a huge IRS audit program starting last month that randomly selects 6,000 employers for audits over IC and other employment tax issues. Here's a three-factor guideline on how to classify employee or Independent Contractor based off the IRS checklist:

Even as the economy forces some organizations to cut benefits, it’s prompting others to add one: allowing parents to bring their babies to work. In just two years, the number of organizations with a babies-at-work benefit has more than doubled to 130, says Carla Moquin, founder and president of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute. She advises managers to start small and to create a formal policy full of “safety valves.” Here are 10 keys to success:

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law a landmark health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It ushers in major changes in the way employers provide and pay for health insurance for their employees. This page provides links to articles and training on the new law:

With just 135 employees, staffing agency Winter, Wyman in Boston is limited when it comes to employee benefits, says Michelle Roccia, senior VP of corporate organizational development. So it offers the standard medical and dental insurance, and then managers come up with “soft benefits” to keep employees happy and make the organization attractive to applicants.

President Obama's signature on the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may not bring an end to partisan bickering about health care reform, but it does signal the start of big changes for HR. Here's a rundown of the new law's long-term effects on employer-provided health insurance — and several provisions you'll need to deal with right away.

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Q. Can I deduct the cost of an employee’s error from his or her paycheck?

Layoffs are difficult for employees and employers alike. In these tough economic times, some employers are trying to help employees during layoffs and help prevent the permanent loss of good employees by implementing supplemental unemployment benefit plans.

If an employer decides to deny a fringe benefit to an employee, and the employee challenges the decision, courts must at least consider the possibility that a conflict of interest exists. That’s because anytime an employer decides to provide a benefit, that benefit comes at a cost.

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