Reasons to Integrate Time and Labor with Payroll

Time and labor (also called time and attendance) involves tracking employees’ start and end times, early departures, late arrivals, breaks taken and absenteeism. Payroll involves, among other things, making sure employees are paid correctly based on their time-labor records. The two functions are entwined, which made it difficult for employers who had to rely on standalone systems for each one. …

FAQs About Service Animals in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog (or in limited cases, a miniature horse) “that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.” Note that there must be a direct connection between the dog’s tasks and the person’s disability — meaning, the dog must be trained …

Do You Have a Branded Benefits Program?

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, an employer brand “is essentially what the organization communicates as its identity to both potential and current employees. It encompasses an organization’s mission, values, culture and personality.” Your benefits brand is part of your company’s identity, as it influences what job seekers and employees think about you as an employer. With the …

Do Employees Have Rights to Their Personnel Files?

An employee’s personnel file contains important work-related information specific to him or her. This may include: Job description. Job application. Resume. Employment offer. W-4 form. Employee benefits forms. Emergency contacts. Employment contract. Performance reviews. Complaints from clients or co-workers. Attendance records. Disciplinary actions. Termination records. Employees may request to see this information for various reasons, such as to ensure certain …

Can You Make Direct Deposit Mandatory?

In 2016, the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) reported that 82 percent of U.S. employees are paid by direct deposit, jumping from 74 percent in 2011. Clearly, direct deposit is on the rise. But you may be surprised to learn that, according to the NACHA survey, 64 percent of direct deposit users “utilize the service because their employer encourages …

How to Decode the ‘Group’ in Group Health Insurance

Group health insurance is a single health insurance policy issued to a group. Typically, this group is a business with employees. The employer purchases the policy on behalf of its employees, which is why group health insurance is also called “employer-sponsored health insurance.” Is Your Group Eligible for Coverage? Under federal law, insurers must accept businesses that choose to purchase …