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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Maybe you already know the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). But do you know how to leverage all the employer protetions in the law so you're not taken advantage of? Because of the strict limits on what an employer may ask an employee, follow these 10 steps to maintain an effective FMLA anti-fraud program:

Q. A few of our employees have added their spouses to our health benefits plan. We’ve heard through the grapevine that some of these couples aren’t actually married. Can we check on this without being discriminatory?

Starting Feb. 1, the IRS will begin intensive audits looking into the employment tax compliance of 6,000 randomly selected employers. One key target: identify employers that are improperly misclassifying employees as independent contractors. If your company is selected for audit, follow good IRS examination management practices.

The cost cutting and staff reductions may not be completely over, but as the economy begins its recovery, HR will be dealing with new challenges in 2010. Here are 10 trends to expect in the coming year, plus tips and tools to help you respond to each.

Q. We have an employee out on unpaid FMLA leave. She said she wants to collect unemployment compensation. Is she eligible?

As the economic downturn trudges on, many workers are struggling with household budgets. In fact, six out of 10 recently surveyed workers said they live paycheck to paycheck. Savings rates are dropping and retirement funds are drying up. Here's how HR can provide genuine help—without adding budget costs.

It’s time to take a fresh look at the health questionnaires you hand out to employees as part of your wellness program. New federal regulations that prohibit discrimination against people with congenital medical conditions mean you must review health risk assessments to make sure they don’t ask employees to reveal protected information.

The cost cutting and staff reductions may not be completely over, but as the economy begins its recovery, HR will be dealing with new challenges in 2010. Still, the flush workplace of 2006 isn’t likely to rush back into vogue. In fact, the historic recession has made a lasting impression on many organizations, which could hang onto the lessons they learned while surviving lean times. Here are 10 trends to expect in the coming year, plus tips and tools to help you respond to each:

Starting this month, IBM will begin paying all of its employees’ primary care health costs—with no co-pays or deductibles. At the same time, the organization is offering new cash incentives to encourage employees to eat healthier and exercise. Employees can receive up to $300 in cash a year.

For the first time in the United States, an employee has successfully won workers’ compensation benefits for mold exposure, even though the industry involved—a car dealership—normally has no greater exposure to mold than any other. Black mold exposure has caused tens of thousands of people to become sick—but most of those cases involve mold growing in people’s homes.

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