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Category: Human Resources

Employee Handbook Generator Now Available

Background A comprehensive employee handbook can be an employer’s best friend. By defining key company policies, such as the new hire waiting period, paid time off and more, it provides employees with a clear understanding of company standards and expectations. A well written handbook also outlines company protocols during important […]

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5 Mandated Employee Notifications You may be Missing

Background As a small business owner, you’re probably aware that you must provide employees with certain notifications. For example, if a worker loses their job, then you must send them a COBRA offer letter. However, there are more of these required notifications than you may realize. And the penalties for being […]

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The New Hire Waiting Period – Thoroughly Explained

So you’ve hired a new employee. And one of their first questions is, “When will I be eligible to go on your benefits?”. You think to yourself, is it 90 days? Is the dental waiting period different than the medical? And you remember that the last time you added a new […]

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how to fire an employee

How to Fire an Employee the Right Way

  In his reality show, President Trump would terminate employees with two simple words, “You’re Fired”. In the real world, it’s not quite that easy. Whether you are terminating a worker for bad behaviour or handing out pink slips due to budget cuts, the process can be painful. So let’s dig a bit […]

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Common but Costly Compliance Mistakes

3 Common but Costly Compliance Mistakes

When the compliance police come knocking According to a recent interview with a leading Pennsylvania payroll company, there was a 300% increase in small business compliance audits in 2016. And the trend is likely to continue this year. While there are plenty of regulations to consider, we wanted to focus on […]

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Hire Better Employees

Hire Better Employees with these 3 Tech Savvy Tips

#1 Challenge for Small Businesses Let’s face it, hiring new employees is both time consuming and expensive. A recent article from Inc.com listed it as the number one challenge facing small businesses today. While hiring itself is important, it’s even more crucial that you hire the right people. Otherwise you’ll be looking for their replacements before you […]

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1095 Reporting Guide for 2016

First, a refresher… What are 1095 Forms? Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans must have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The 1095 form proves to the IRS that you indeed had coverage. It’s important to realize however that employees don’t need a 1095-B or 1095-C to file their tax […]

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New Mandatory Employer Survey from CMS

Our Wonderful Government… Quick, what health insurance plan did you have in 2011? Seems like a strange question but due to CMS’s recent mailing it’s one you may have to answer. The letter refers to an online questionnaire for employers dubbed the Data Match Project. In it you are asked to recall and enter health insurance plans details from 2011-2013. […]

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Does your business have an employee handbook?

Uniform policy, sick days, benefit options… all in one place! An employee asks “how many vacation days do I have left?”. This seemingly harmless questions will cause many small business owners anxiety. The nervous employer may wonder: How many vacation days do we give employees? Does the amount increase after […]

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Is Your Employee Benefits Broker Benefiting You?

Many non-business owners look at larger employers with a jealous eye. They see the power, assets and the social status of these entrepreneurs and would like to have such things for themselves. What they don’t see are the headaches, long hours, responsibilities and pressure that such a person is subject […]

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