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Must Love Dogs … or, How to Retain Talent in a Pet Crazy Culture
With unemployment at a 17 year low, employers are reawakening to the need for effective talent retention strategies.  One of the hottest trends in corporate perks recognizes the astounding level of devotion American workers have for their furry, four-legged companions.  No matter what your budget, there are options for your company to offer anima...
How HR handles an Employee Name Change
Name changes occur among employees for all kinds of reasons. After marriage, either spouse may elect to change his or her last name, or, both might agree to assume a new hyphenated version. Other scenarios include divorce, religious or gender conversions, or …. just simple dislike of the name one was given. Here is some guidance......
Did you miss it? July 31 deadline for filing Form 5500 (calendar year plans)
The Department of Labor deadline for filing Form 5500 (Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan) is the last day of the month following the seventh month after the plan year ends. So, if your company’s group health plans end on December 31st, your due date is July 31, 2017.  Did you remember? Group health plans:......
What the most desired employee benefits in 2017?
Employee benefits are important to attract quality employees.  As the economy continues to improve in 2017, Florida’s small and mid-sized businesses must recognize that a competitive benefits package is necessary to attract and retain the right employees and fill critical positions.   If your company is not a high tech company and not tryin...
New updated CHIP model notice released in 2017
In February 2017 the Department of Labor issued an updated model notice for employers to provide information on eligibility for premium assistance under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is now available for employers. Employers that provide insurance coverage in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or CHI...
What is a Wrap Plan Document, and does my company need one?
A plan document is a comprehensive written instrument describing the operation and administration of an employer’s plan, from the perspective of the carrier and it is written in legalese.  One of the requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is that employee welfare benefit plans must be written and maintained in...
DOL extends Expiration Dates for COBRA and CHIP notices (until 2019)
Washington DC – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has quietly extended the effective date of its model Employer CHIP Notice, General Notice of COBRA Rights, and COBRA Election Notice so that all three notices are effective through December 31, 2019.  The previous forms and model notices had an expiration date of December 31, 2016. Eve...
Current model #CHIP Notice extended through November 30, 2016
Employers that provide medical insurance to employees in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must inform employees about the potential opportunities for assistance in obtaining coverage.  This is usually accomplished by providing a notice annually at the time of open enrollment, and then ...
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