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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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

By: Shannon Maggs, Manager of HR and Administration Last October I 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 be now as the proposed changes were recently…
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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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Understanding Form 1094-C

This year companies with over 50 full-time equivalent employees are on the hook to prove compliance with the ACA’s Employer Mandate, or face penalties (even those with 50-99 FTEs that aren’t subject to penalties this year still need to file). If your company is considered a large employer under the ACA, you’re probably using a…
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Form 1095-C: Employee Questions Answered

2015 marks the first year applicable organizations are required by law to file Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. As a result, many employers have spent the bulk of their time huddled away in offices learning the ins and outs of each form to ensure year-end filings meet the Internal Revenue Service’s requirements (IRS). But, just as…
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Form(s) and Function – Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements

By: Dave Lewis, Executive Vice President We might be a few months from December 31, but our service team is already fielding an awful lot of calls regarding the topic of year-end reporting, specifically Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements. At this year’s SHRM Annual Conference and Expo, we learned that our clients aren’t alone in…
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5 Tips to Improve (and Rock) Open Enrollment

By: Shannon Maggs, CPP, PHR If you’re like me, then the term “Open Enrollment” doesn’t exactly make you feel all warm and fuzzy. It might actually make you feel the opposite, landing somewhere between cold and scratchy and chilly and prickly. But really, it shouldn’t.Why? Because open enrollment isn’t just another month in the year,…
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