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Educating Your Employees During Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Education Opportunities Open enrollment is a period of time each year when employers permit new employees to enroll in a health plan and allow current employees to make changes to their existing medical coverage. During open enrollment, employees may decide to change plans, add or drop a dependent or add an optional benefit, …

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Yes or No: Which Welfare Benefit Plans are (and aren’t) subject to ERISA?

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for employee benefit plans maintained by private-sector employers. The Department of Labor (DOL), through its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), enforces most of ERISA’s provisions. Violating ERISA can have serious and costly consequences for employers that sponsor welfare …

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18 Essential Disciplinary Techniques for Supervisors

Supervisory training is critical to the success of any discipline program. Supervisors should consider the following techniques and considerations to effectively discipline employees: Cool down. Effective discipline will not result if tempers and emotions take charge. Remain calm no matter how ridiculous the excuse or accusation. Let the employee unwind, and then get the conversation …

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The Key to Recruiting: Voluntary Benefits

Offering voluntary benefits is a great way to enhance your benefits package, differentiate from competitors and increase employee satisfaction—all with little impact on your budget. But while employers may choose to offer numerous types of voluntary benefits that can deliver convenience and value for employees, many employees do not understand the advantages of these voluntary …

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ERISA Compliance FAQ: What is an ERISA Plan?

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for employee benefit plans maintained by private-sector employers. The Department of Labor (DOL), through its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), enforces most of ERISA’s provisions. Violating ERISA can have serious and costly consequences for employers that sponsor welfare …

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Internship Programs and Compliance 101

Many organizations use internship programs, and these programs can have many advantages for the employer and the intern. However, employers that hire interns must be aware of the rules that apply to interns under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires most employees of for-profit employers—including interns—to be compensated for their services. Unpaid …

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How to Prevent and Investigate a Sexual Harassment Claim at your Company

Receiving a sexual harassment claim from an employee is a delicate situation. Employers must consider how they will respond to the complaint, how they will investigate the allegations and what guidelines they will use to assess the complaint’s validity. Ultimately, the employer’s response can have a significant effect on whether the employer is found liable …

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