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Is Tuition Reimbursement Worth It for Employers? 1200 628 Tricore

Is Tuition Reimbursement Worth It for Employers?

We live in a fast-paced society where people are forever on the go. There’s hardly ample time for work-life balance, let alone continuing education. Yet studies show that employees want opportunities for learning and development. According to a Gallup survey, 87 percent of millennials say professional development is important in a job. Further, the Harvard…

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Salary Discussion
Can Employees Discuss Their Salaries at Work? 1200 628 Tricore

Can Employees Discuss Their Salaries at Work?

At worst, discussing salary at work is akin to opening a Pandora’s box. It can, for example, cause tension between employees, resentment toward management and a hostile work environment. To prevent this outcome, you might consider developing a policy that prohibits employees from discussing their pay with their co-workers. But before you do that, remember…

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Down Payment Assistance
Attract Staff with Down Payment Assistance 1200 628 Tricore

Attract Staff with Down Payment Assistance

There’s a good chance many of your employees, especially younger ones, are saving to buy a home. Is there anything employers can do to help? Very possibly. First, a little background. The home ownership rate for third quarter 2018 is 64.4 percent, a slight increase from 63.9 percent in third quarter 2017. While those figures…

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Email Scam
Examples of Common Email Scams 1200 628 Tricore

Examples of Common Email Scams

Most email scams end up involving requests to send money, cash checks, establish business relationships or provide confidential information. The names and details of these scams change over the years–some of them go back to the 19th century! But they keep coming back. Here are some typical scams; there are many variations. Nigerian Letter This…

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Noncompete Agreement
Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One? 1200 628 Tricore

Noncompete Agreements: Should You Insist on One?

Noncompete agreements are on the rise; many companies are targeting candidates who may consider a change if the right opportunity comes along. Here are nine factors to think through before you decide what’s best for your business: Noncompete basics — Often part of a larger employment contract, noncompetes prohibit your employees from working for competitors…

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The Mathematics of Shift Differentials 1200 628 Tricore

The Mathematics of Shift Differentials

Shift differential refers to the extra, or premium, pay that certain employees receive for working outside normal business hours. For example, if normal business hours run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., shift differential would apply to hours worked between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Shift differentials are more common in jobs where employees work…

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DOL Clarifies Travel Time Pay 1200 628 Tricore

DOL Clarifies Travel Time Pay

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor published an opinion letter, clarifying whether nonexempt hourly employees should be paid for travel time. This is often a confounding matter for employers because whether travel time is work time depends on the type of travel and when it happens. Three scenarios addressed by the DOL An hourly…

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What Does the ADA Call a Disability? 1200 628 Tricore

What Does the ADA Call a Disability?

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 defines an individual with a disability as: Someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Someone who has a history or record of such an impairment. Someone who is regarded as having such an impairment. A…

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What the General Data Protection Regulation Means for Employers 1200 628 Tricore

What the General Data Protection Regulation Means for Employers

What is the GDPR? In January 2012, the European Commission created a proposal to reform data protection rules across the European Union (EU). Passed on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a major component of this reform. The rules within the GDPR are designed to give EU residents more control over…

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5 Common COBRA Mistakes – And How to Prevent Them 1200 628 Tricore

5 Common COBRA Mistakes – And How to Prevent Them

Most employers must deal with COBRA at one time or another, and all too often they make these mistakes. 1. Not realizing the group health plan is subject to COBRA. Under COBRA, if you have at least 20 employees and a group health plan, you must give qualified beneficiaries who lose coverage due to a…

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