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Compliance Recap | November

November was a busy month in the employee benefits world. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the due date for employers to furnish Forms 1095-C or 1095-B to individuals, extended “good faith compliance efforts” relief for 2018, and issued specifications for employer-provided substitute ...

Culture Questions

With unemployment continuing at historically low numbers, it’s up to employers to win sought-after candidates. During an interview, employers are likely ready for the culture question. When asked about culture directly, according to an article in Fast Company, interviewers are quick to offer ...

Happier Holidays, the HR Way

Most people, according to a new survey featured in HR Dive, have the greatest sense of belonging in their own homes. That may not be surprising news, but what is interesting is that one third of respondents felt the greatest sense of belonging in their workplace. A significant percentage, 40 ...

Giving Thanks in the Office

While our personal lives may offer plenty of opportunities to give thanks, it’s also important to make a habit of it in our professional lives, according to an article in the Cobb Business Journal. Few people in a study cited expressed gratitude for their work, and that might be because a ...

If You’re Sorry and You Know It, Then Say So!

I hate the “non-apology apology” because it neither conveys remorse, nor an acceptance of responsibility, but it somehow makes the person saying it seem sincere. A common example is when someone says, “I’d like to apologize to anyone who was offended.” An individual who says this not only ...

Stop Handing Out Your SSN Like Candy

Social Security numbers (or SSNs) used to be tied just to your Social Security benefits. Now, that number is tied to just about everything used to identify you. In this age of identity theft, your Social Security number is one of the most valuable, if not THE most valuable, identifiers you ...

Moments of Clarity: Being Transparent

Aristotle was right when he said, “Nature abhors a vacuum.”  Companies and politicians like to say that they’re transparent, when in fact, they’re often the opposite. And, as in nature, in the absence of facts, people will often fill their minds with what is perceived. If you’re working at a ...

The Perk of Pets

Does your company offer healthcare? Check. Does it offer a 401(k) program? Check. How about paid time off and tuition reimbursement? Check and check. Now, does it offer petfriendly perks? Huh?  Some of the latest and greatest company benefits have been the recognition that pets of employees are ...

About That Inheritance… Don’t Count on It

Not too long ago, it was assumed that Social Security would pay for most people’s retirement needs. Now, we know better and most employees, regardless of their age, are aware that they need to save additional funds for their retirement. In fact, many younger employees believe that Social ...

Employee Engagement

Are your employees genuinely interested and committed to the success of your company and the work they perform? For many employers, this scenario is all too familiar: A company starts a wellness program or purchases a stellar benefit in the hopes that they will boost morale, retain top talent and even shrink health insurance costs. Yet the company still ends up with an unhappy and unhealthy workforce that is unproductive and difficult to motivate.