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Nov 15
Five Tips for Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
15 Nov, 2016. 0 Comments. Benefits, Employee Resources, Human Resources, Insight Blog, Leadership. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
The holidays are just around the corner and the weather is getting colder around the country. With the changing weather, the potential for contracting a cold or the flu increases substantially. The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus—with symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, loss of appetite, and a runny or stuffy nose. While the common cold and the seasonal flu share many of the same symptoms, colds are often characterized by mild headaches and body aches. Unlike the flu, colds don’t usually require a trip to the doctor and…
Nov 3
The Key to Successful Culture Change Lies with Leaders
3 Nov, 2016. 0 Comments. Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Insight Blog, Leadership. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
This time of year many organizations begin reviewing what worked and what didn’t work over the past year. This may leave you with some great ideas of areas that your company culture could be improved in 2017. But culture change is such an ambiguous goal; how do you even begin to tackle it? According to a recent blog from Harvard Business Review, if you want to see real change within your company culture, you should take a look at the habits and behaviors of your leaders. It turns out that the behavior of your leaders has a greater impact on…
Oct 31
The Deadline to Comply with the New Overtime Rules is Approaching
31 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Business Insights, Contact Us, Human Resources, Insight Blog, Payroll. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
If you haven’t started planning for the upcoming overtime changes, now is the time. As a reminder, on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new rule regarding overtime wage payment in the United States. This new increases the salary threshold that “white collar” employees must meet in order to qualify for an overtime wage payment exemption. Employers must comply with the new rule by Dec. 1, 2016. Given the significant impact this change could have on your company’s bottom line, it is important to start examining your payroll records and re-evaluating your overtime policies now…
Oct 26
What is Open Enrollment?
26 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Benefits, Business Insights, Contact Us, Insight Blog, Services. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
This time of year you will hear the term Open Enrollment in the news, among friends and especially at work. So what is Open Enrollment, anyway? Open Enrollment provides an opportunity for you to make changes to your benefit plans that are not allowed at other times during the year. For many benefits options that time falls toward the end of the year. For any of the benefits offered through A Plus Benefits, the Open Enrollment period is from November 1-November 23. Changes that may be made include: Eligible employees may enroll in new benefits. Employees may cancel or change their existing…
Oct 20
Do Employers Have to Give Employees Time Off to Vote?
20 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Business Insights, Contact Us, Human Resources, Insight Blog, Leadership, Small Business News, Small Business Resource Center. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
Election Day is only a few weeks away and while federal law protects the right to cast a ballot, state law determines whether an employer must provide employees the opportunity to vote during work hours. Employers should identify whether they are operating in one of the 30+ states with voting-leave requirements to ensure they are in compliance and because some requirements may require immediate action. According to SHRM, generally those states that having voting leave laws allow employees time off to vote if there is insufficient time between the time the polls open and close within the state, and the…
Oct 18
The Benefits that Matter Most to Employees
18 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Benefits, Contact Us, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Services. Posted By: A Plus Benefits
The most effective benefits packages, the ones that get employers the most bang for their buck are those that are customized to the values and priorities of your employees. But everyone needs a place to start. A recent article from Benefits Pro highlights some of the benefits that most employees value to give you a baseline to start considering the effectiveness of your benefits package. Health insurance: Health insurance is still something that many employees seek out from employers. The Marketplace and ACA haven’t changed that. Next to health, employees also value dental and vision plans as well as savings…
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