Learn the Value of Employee Self-Service

Employee self-service is a web-based tool that allows employees to retrieve information and perform specific transactions from a central portal. In many organizations, this portal is used to deliver HR, payroll and benefits information. Over the years, ESS has blossomed into a global phenomenon, and is currently leveraged by large, midsized and small employers. Where did this come from? Employee …

Are Your Benefits Competitive Enough?

In order to remain competitive, one-third of employers “increased their overall benefit offerings in the last 12 months,” according to a 2017 report by the Society for Human Resource Management. Usually, employers take this step after weighing the effectiveness of their benefits program and deciding that it needs to be improved. Even if there are no apparent shortcomings in your …

When Do Employees Have to Be Paid for a “Break”?

The DOL issued an opinion letter earlier this year in response to the following issue: Should nonexempt employees who require 15-minute breaks every hour because of an illness that qualifies as a serious health condition under the Family Medical Leave Act be paid for the breaks? By taking 15-minute breaks every hour, the employees end up working only six hours …

Reasons to Integrate Benefits Administration and Payroll

Benefits administration and payroll are separate yet interrelated functions, resulting in a series of overlapping activities. For example, the following benefits must be implemented, managed, tracked, distributed and reported from a benefits and payroll perspective. Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Retirement plan. Flexible spending plan. Health savings accounts. Travel and accident plan. Workers’ compensation. Leave of absence. Employee …

Employee Overpayment Can Lead to Problems

You may have overpaid an employee because someone entered the wrong information into the system. Or maybe the employee or his or her supervisor submitted inaccurate data. Either way, this type of error is usually easily fixable. You do have to follow certain procedures, however. Reclaiming the Overpayment Under federal law, you can deduct wage overpayments from the affected employee’s …

How to Convince Employees to Take Time Off

A 2017 survey by Glassdoor concluded that 91 percent of employees took some vacation in the previous 12 months, increasing from 85 percent in 2014. Despite this upswing, the average employee has taken only around half of his or her available paid time off in the past 12 months. Research by Project Time Off found that 52 percent of employees …