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Employee Furloughs: Right for You?
Employee Furloughs: Right for You? 1200 628 Tricore

Employee Furloughs: Right for You?

Furloughs place employees in temporary nonduty status, typically without pay. They are used as a cost-cutting measure by employers facing economic challenges, slow periods or financial setbacks. Since furloughs are temporary, the affected employees get to keep their jobs, despite being away from work. Furloughs are generally considered a better option than layoffs, but because…

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Important Deadline: EEO-1 Pay Data Due by Sept. 30
Important Deadline: EEO-1 Pay Data Due by Sept. 30, 2019 1200 628 Tricore

Important Deadline: EEO-1 Pay Data Due by Sept. 30, 2019

Based on a recent ruling, EEO-1 filers must also report pay information — known as “Component 2 data” — for 2017 and 2018 to the EEOC by Sept. 30, 2019.

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Docking Pay for Violation of a Workplace Policy
Docking Pay for Violation of a Workplace Policy 1200 628 Tricore

Docking Pay for Violation of a Workplace Policy

The first thing to understand about docking pay is that there is a difference between exempt and nonexempt employees. Pay docking and nonexempt employees The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that covered nonexempt employees receive no less than the federal minimum wage for all hours worked. Consequently, you cannot refuse to pay nonexempt employees for…

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Use Benefits to Become an Employer of Choice
Use Benefits to Become an Employer of Choice 1200 628 Tricore

Use Benefits to Become an Employer of Choice

Becoming an employer of choice is about positioning your company in a way that makes candidates eager to work for you and your most qualified employees likely to stay with you. When your competitors appear with tempting incentives, these candidates and employees will decline, because you are fulfilling their needs. These needs can vary from…

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How to Calculate Paid Time Off for Commission-Only Employees 1200 628 Tricore

How to Calculate Paid Time Off for Commission-Only Employees

Federal law does not require employers to provide paid time off (PTO) to commissioned employees. Therefore, unless state law says differently, it’s up to employers to establish their own vacation and PTO rules — including the rate of pay — for commission-only employees. Determine Your Calculation Method When calculating the vacation/PTO rate of pay for…

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CMS Extends ‘Grandmothered’ Health Plans 1200 628 Tricore

CMS Extends ‘Grandmothered’ Health Plans

On March 25, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states may allow grandmothered health plans to continue until Dec. 31, 2020. What’s the history here? Certain health plans that were already in existence when the Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010, are permitted to stay in force…

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CMS Extends 'Grandmothered' Health Plans
Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits 1200 628 Tricore

Proper Reporting for QSEHRA Benefits

Introduced in 2017 via the 21st Century Cures Act, the QSEHRA is an employer-funded health benefit that enables tax-free reimbursements. Only small employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees and who do not otherwise provide a group health plan can offer a QSEHRA. In a nutshell, the employer provides a monthly allowance, which signifies the…

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How to Handle an Employee With a Substance Abuse Problem
Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees 1200 628 Tricore

Handling HR and Payroll for Remote Employees

If your remote employees live in the state where your business is located, you must follow federal employment laws plus your state’s employment rules. But if your remote employees live in a different state from where you conduct business, you must comply with federal employment laws plus the labor laws for each state in which…

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How to Handle an Employee With a Substance Abuse Problem
How to Handle an Employee With a Substance Abuse Problem 1200 628 Tricore

How to Handle an Employee With a Substance Abuse Problem

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “68.9% of the estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users, ages 18 or older, are employed full or part time.” The chances of an employee having a substance abuse problem are higher in certain industries, such as food service, construction and retail. However, substance abuse is…

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4 Ways to Boost Your 401(k) Participation Rate
4 Ways to Boost Your 401(k) Participation Rate 1200 628 Tricore

4 Ways to Boost Your 401(k) Participation Rate

Although many employees take advantage of their employer’s 401(k) plan offerings, some do not. In a 2017 report, Pew Research cited the following reasons for lack of participation: more pressing financial needs, problems with eligibility, or saving for children’s tuition or the down payment on a home. While you might not be able to remove…

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