Unemployment Fraud: How to Report Fraud & Protect Your Business

Since the start of the pandemic, unemployment fraud has been on the rise. If one of your employees becomes a target, take action as quickly as possible….
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How to Switch Employee Benefits Brokers (It’s Easier Than You Think)

Did you know switching brokers is a relatively simple process? You only need one form, your benefits won’t change, and you can make the switch at any time….
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8 Tips for Hiring a First-Rate Employee Benefits Broker

New benefits brokers are a lot like new employees: it’s important to take your time and hire the right one. …
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Managing Unused Paid Leave During COVID-19

Key Points about managing unused paid leave when returning to work: The COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing and many employees’ vacations are being cancelled as a result.  You may notice that employees aren’t taking paid time off like they usually do. If you’re worried about how to manage an excess of unused paid…
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Workplace Wellness Programs: Are They Really Worth It?

If you want to implement an effective wellness program, you need to set clear goals, budget accordingly, and encourage employees to participate. …
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Your Paid Sick Leave Guide

By: John Maggs, Marketing Intern Being sick is bad enough, but having to use vacation days or worse – take an unpaid absence – can make your employees feel like you’re adding insult to injury. That’s why, many states have or are introducing laws protecting them from lost wages by introducing mandatory paid sick days….
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Telling Employees About Health Insurance Rate Changes

It’s Open Enrollment and you have unwelcome changes to deliver – you’re changing providers, premiums are going up, or the perfect storm of stressful, both. It’s time to tell employees about their health insurance rate changes. As a company, Sentric recently went through this very situation, and our HR team did a few things that…
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Open Enrollment Glossary to Help Employees

By: Shannon Maggs, Manager of HR & Administration Regardless of how long an employee has been in the working world they’ve probably only experienced open enrollment a couple of dozen times. That’s because it happens just once a year. So, you should probably be prepared to cut them some slack if they can’t remember the…
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What You Need to Know About New Overtime Regulations

Updated: The final rule took effect in January 2020. It updates earning thresholds, among other items. Last October we wrote a blog about what HR managers should be doing (at that time) to prepare them for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to overtime regulations. If you weren’t paying attention then, you certainly should…
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Keeping up With the Affordable Care Act

By: Kim Buechel, Product Support Analyst If last year taught us anything, it’s that taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the Affordable Care Act isn’t always great. Think about it, you had the benefit of a filing extension and the requirement to only make a “good faith effort.” With a year of experience…
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