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Can Commuter Benefits Help People Return to the Office?

TalentCulture - Employee Benefits

The pandemic changed how we live and work in so many ways — not the least of which was the daily commute. But now, after years of working remotely, many employees are returning to the office at least a few days each week. That’s why employer-sponsored commuter benefits are on the rise again. No matter what […] The post Can Commuter Benefits Help People Return to the Office?

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How is the cost-of-living crisis affecting what employees want from their benefits packages?

Employee Benefits

The cost-of-living crisis has employees demanding pay rises in line with inflation, but many employers are unable to afford this long-term. Benefits that support financial wellbeing and education, including day-to-day budgeting and discounts, can help pay stretch further without raising pay. Employers should focus on practices that are sustainable and work for their business, while communicating and compromising with staff.

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State Unemployment Insurance Taxable Wage Base Chart Updated for 2023

PayrollOrg

Check out the APA's list of state unemployment insurance taxable wage bases, updated to reflect changes for 2023.

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How to attract and retain top talent in 2023

Achievers

Why do people join and stay at an organization? Ask a hundred employees, and you’ll probably get a hundred unique answers, but most will boil down to one thing: a compelling employee value proposition (EVP). Your EVP encompasses all the benefits and opportunities your company offers to attract new employees and keep current ones. It goes far beyond the size of an employee’s paycheck to include whether they feel valued, engaged, and welcomed on a daily basis.

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Using an HSA to Save for Health Care in Retirement

Saving for retirement is no easy task, and as an employer we know you want to help your employees get what they need out of their retirement benefits. With a health savings account (HSA), you can relieve the burden of health care costs for both you and your employees. With our new report, “Using an HSA to Save for Health Care in Retirement,” you can get insights on the costs of a modern retirement and dive into the details of the triple-tax benefits HSAs offer.

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Use FMLA to support employee mental health

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Mitie focuses on front-line reward as cost-of-living crisis mounts

Employee Benefits

Strategic outsourcing and energy services business Mitie has tight margins, but still sees the importance of protecting and supporting front-line staff during difficult periods, meaning it has to focus on benefits that are affordable for the business, but make a real difference to employees. Jasmine Hudson, chief people officer at Mitie, says: “Employees want more than just the basics; they want wellbeing, flexibility off the back of Covid-19, and then also social value and the environmental ang

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Proposed Universal Contraceptive Coverage in Response to Roe Reversal

McDermott Will & Emery Employee Benefits

The US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the Departments) recently issued a proposed rule to eliminate a moral exemption to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate and establish an “individual contraceptive arrangement” to permit individuals to obtain contraceptive services at no cost in instances in which their employer does not offer […] The post Proposed Universal Contraceptive Coverage in Response to Roe Reversal appeared first on EMPLOYEE BENEFI

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Virtual Travel Benefits Are Taking Off. Here’s Why

TalentCulture - Employee Benefits

Work Norms Are Changing In 2019, about nine million U.S. civilians worked from home on a regular basis. Then the pandemic arrived. Nearly overnight, remote work became a necessity for a vast number of employees. In fact, by 2021 the U.S. remote workforce had tripled to nearly 28 million people. Now, as Covid fades, the […] The post Virtual Travel Benefits Are Taking Off.

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How UnitedHealth, Morgan Stanley and IBM are investing in systems of support for women executives

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Creating a Company Culture of Care: Integrating Mental Health, Wellbeing, and DEI in Benefits

Speaker: Sean Raible

Picture a workplace where physiological safety is not just an aim but a reality, driven by thoughtful employee benefits that prioritize mental health, wellbeing, and DEI. 🤔 ✨ Achieving this vision requires more than just occasional training sessions and employee assistance programs. Moving beyond the basics, this vision calls for a holistic approach that integrates these elements into your company culture as well as your HR and benefits strategy.

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Barbservations About Get Smart With Money

Money Talk

I recently watched the Netflix documentary film Get Smart With Money (1:33) to prepare for a discussion of the film with several dozen professional financial practitioners who are members of AFCPE. Below are my Barbservations about the film from the lens of a long-time financial educator: Content and Format Diversity and Demographics - The film featured four case study characters, each with a financial coach assisting them for an entire year.

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How can employers help staff avoid burnout while managing productivity?

Employee Benefits

Burnout symptoms include increased frustration and irritability, indifference towards work, being withdrawn and tearful, higher levels of absence, and less inclination to learn and develop. Having regular conversations about mental health with employees, understanding more about the reasons behind burnout, and highlighting what support is available, is key.

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Register for Webinar About Louisiana Child Support Withholding, e-IWO

PayrollOrg

On March 16, join the APA as we host the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a free webinar explaining child support withholding issues in Louisiana. The federal OCSE will also explain the e-IWO process.

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SECURE 2.0 Opens the Door on Retirement Match Based on Student Loan Payments

Proskauer's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensa

The grab bag of retirement provisions in the SECURE 2.0 legislation that was enacted at the end of 2022 included an expansion of the ability for a section 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or a governmental section 457(b) plan, to provide matching contributions on participants’ student loan payments. Effective for plan years starting after December 31, 2023, the change can help employees who might otherwise forgo matching contributions to pay off student debt.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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New Insurance Policy: Why You Shouldn’t Set It and Forget It

AssuredPartners

When was the last time you sat down to review your insurance policy? Coverage isn’t typically something we care enough about to invest our time into. In fact, the average customer stays with the same insurance carrier for five years and seeks change after a triggering situation takes place. Lucky for us, we enjoy spending our time addressing insurance needs and work with a variety of carriers to ensure you receive the best option that suits your lifestyle.

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Cisco, Salesforce and Xero named UK’s best workplaces for wellbeing

Employee Benefits

Image credit: Valeriya Zankovych / Shutterstock.com Communications business Cisco, software organisation Salesforce, and accounting software provider Xero are among the employers listed as the UK’s Best Workplaces for Wellbeing in 2023. Other businesses included on the list were insurance firm Admiral, enterprise management software business Edison365, and call and live chat provider Moneypenny.

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Register for Webinar About Louisiana Child Support Withholding, e-IWO

PayrollOrg

On March 16, join the APA as we host the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services for a free webinar explaining child support withholding issues in Louisiana. The federal OCSE will also explain the e-IWO process.

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6 things to know if you’re a first-time medical FSA participant

WEX Inc.

Did you recently elect to participate in a medical flexible spending account (FSA) ? If you’re a first-time medical FSA participant, you may not be familiar with FSA definitions and rules. We’ve provided a list of the top things a first-time medical FSA participant should be aware of in order to take full advantage of their FSA. What is a medical flexible spending account (FSA)?

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6 Strategies to Navigate Social Determinants of Health for a Better Workplace

In today’s dynamic work landscape, where the lines between personal and professional life blur, understanding the intricate interplay between social determinants of health (SDoH) and emotional wellbeing is paramount. Employers must acknowledge that the whole person comes to work and every aspect of a person’s personal and professional life, especially their mental health, comes with them.

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How Can The Task Management Software Benefit You?

Qandle

Software designed specifically for managing the many tasks involved in reaching a certain objective or completing a specific project is called “task management” software. Benefits of task management software In addition to letting you keep tabs on every area of your task management from a central hub, the best task management software also provides a number of other useful features.

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Connick Tree Care becomes employee owned

Employee Benefits

South England-based tree preservation and maintenance firm Connick Tree Care has announced that it will become employee owned. The plan was first announced to the business’ 75 members of staff in October 2022, and the process commenced this month, with the transition to an employee ownership trust (EOT) due to take place over the next few months. It was designed to secure the business for employees now and the future, at no cost to them.

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APA Meets With U.S. Department of Education on Loan Garnishments

PayrollOrg

The APA met with the Department of Education about student loan garnishments and resuming garnishments after the COVID-19 pause.

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Workspace Design Show returns (and so do we)

Workplace Insight

A few of you may already know this story. It was some 15 months ago and three old friends met up for the first time in quite a while (well, we had been through lockdowns etc). Having caught up with each other’s news, the subject turned to industry journals, what the three friends felt the market was missing and the possibility of collaborating in the not too distant future.

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HR Trends to Watch in 2024 + Plus Advice for Driving Impact!

The pressure is on to create a positive onboarding experience. Plus, a sub-par onboarding process can domino into other concerns such as low performance, burnout (for you and new hires), and retention challenges. Our 2024 State of HR report will give you a realistic picture of the HR landscape and tips to onboarding effectively in the year to come.

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11 Actionable Ways To Boost Employee Morale In 2023

Vantage Circle

If you want to make your organization succeed and maintain a high-performance culture, employee morale is a key factor to consider. High morale among employees can result in increased productivity , engagement, sustainability, and profitability. In contrast, low employee morale can destroy your organizational structure. It can increase cases of employee discontentment, workplace conflicts , and poor performance. "Whether you are the boss or an employee, low morale can be a killer." - Ron

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Tango Networks to pay £71,000 in unfair dismissal and age discrimination case

Employee Benefits

Business communications organisation Tango Networks has been ordered to pay £71,441.36 to a former employee, following a case concerning unfair dismissal and alleged age discrimination. The case, Mr M Jones v Tango Networks UK Ltd and P Hesketh, concerned a claimant originally employed as a channel account director in 2019. This was a commission -based role, and when he apparently failed to reach the targets to earn commission, Jones allegedly received harsh criticism from a line manager about

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PBGC (Slightly) Opens Door to Exceptions From Special Withdrawal Liability Rules for SFA Multiemployer Pension Plans

Proskauer's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensa

As previously discussed , the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) issued final regulations in July 2022 for plans that receive special financial assistance (“SFA”) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”). Among other things, the regulations imposed special withdrawal liability rules on plans that receive SFA – including a phase-in period for the treatment of SFA as a plan asset and an obligation to use mass withdrawal assumptions during a certain period after receiving

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Flexible working has been an ‘unexpected gift’ for employers

Workplace Insight

A survey from CBRE claims that the imposition of more hybrid and flexible working has been an ‘unexpected gift’ for both employers and employees. The poll of 20,000 employees worldwide suggests that flexibility plays an important role for both employee and employer decision making. Other benefits include increased productivity and more innovative thinking.

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Improving Access To & Utilization Of Cancer Screening With Color

Discover how Color's comprehensive care solution is revolutionizing cancer screening adherence and knowledge. Through an in-depth case study, Color's unique approach to comprehensive cancer care has shown significant benefits in increasing screening rates and enhancing patient knowledge. Participants reported a 2-3x increase in adherence to screening guidelines over just 8 weeks, with 84% of participants increasing their familiarity with timing and frequency of cancer screening.