Category: Employee Benefits

Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Rules for 2019

May 16, 2018 by in category Employee Benefits

On Dec. 20, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated key provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans. However, to avoid disruption to employers, the court stayed its ruling until Jan. 1, 2019. The EEOC’s final rules allow employers to offer wellness incentives of […]

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Total Rewards: Compensation and Benefits         

May 4, 2018 by in category Employee Benefits

Many employers are becoming increasingly concerned with how to sustain and recruit a high-quality workforce while also maintaining costs. What steps are you taking to make sure that you are an employer of choice? How are you promoting the full value of your company and your offerings? Total Rewards Concept Establishing a total rewards program […]

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Non-monetary Bonuses

February 19, 2018 by in category Employee Benefits, Uncategorized

Many employees anxiously await a coveted bonus from their employers at the end of the year. Yet, in this recovering economy, many employers have eliminated or scaled back on bonuses because budgets are tight. When cutting back, employers need to consider the long-term effects on employee motivation, engagement and performance, and find a way to […]

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Tips to Protect Outdoor Workers During Frigid Temperatures

January 12, 2018 by in category Employee Benefits

We all know New England winters can be tough, but imagine what it’s like for workers who are exposed to the frigid weather all day, every day. Outdoor workers are putting themselves in many physical hazards in order to get their job accomplished. In winter, especially in New England, the extreme cold and wet conditions […]

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December 13 Webinar Event: Health Reform – Can we live with or without it?

November 19, 2017 by in category Employee Benefits, Webinar

Massachusetts Governor Baker signed fiscal 2018 budget legislation containing $400 million in new assessments on MA employers to help close the budget gap in the financially strapped MassHealth program, which is facing a projected $600 million deficit.  The new assessments were accomplished by the expansion of the current Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) and the […]

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IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

November 1, 2017 by in category Employee Benefits

Overview Many employee benefits are subject to annual dollar limits that are periodically increased for inflation. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced cost-of-living adjustments to the annual dollar limits for various welfare and retirement plan limits for 2018. Although some of the limits will remain the same, many of the limits will increase for […]

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Company Culture is More Important Than You Think

March 27, 2017 by in category Employee Benefits

Company culture is the unifying element that holds everyone in an organization together. Culture encompasses the written and unwritten behavioral norms and expectations of those within the company. Why is it important? According to Alternative Board’s 2016 Small Business Pulse Survey, 93 percent of entrepreneurs believe that promoting company culture is good for productivity and […]

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Putting the “Human” back in “Human Resources”

May 12, 2016 by in category Employee Benefits

Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part D Notices, Exchange notices, MA Sick Leave Law, 1095, 6055/6056, COBRA, SPD Wrap Docs, FMLA, etc… These are just a few of the day-to-day or annual challenges facing Human Resource professionals today. As I discuss all of these with my clients I come to one common realization, there is nothing […]

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Must-Know Tips for the Small Business Owner

March 16, 2016 by in category Employee Benefits

When you work for someone else, your employer provides a basic level of insurance coverage to protect you and your family. Whether it is life insurance worth one to two times your annual salary or disability coverage that pays part of your salary when  you are laid up, this basic insurance is designed to give […]

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2016: Commuter Choice Contribution Changes

January 5, 2016 by in category Employee Benefits

Commuter Choice Contribution Changes A very welcomed change for many!! The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act. This Act was passed On Dec.17th 2015. On December 18th, this measure was approved by The Senate. This Act has been rolled into the Consolidated Appropriations Act and the omnibus bill was signed […]

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