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Becky Snedigar

Becky is a payroll specialist with FocusPay Solutions. She manages client payroll portfolios and provides payroll processing and filing.

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Protect Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Through Training, Insurance.

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Sep 10, 2019

When an employer decides to sponsor a retirement plan for employees, it takes on great responsibility. Anyone who exercises discretionary authority over any vital facet of plan operations likely will be considered a plan fiduciary. In turn, these individuals face a significant risk of liability if anything goes seriously wrong with the plan.

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Imposing Health Care Plan Waiting Periods on Rehired Employees

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jul 31, 2019

It’s not uncommon for employers in some industries and localities to occasionally rehire a previously terminated employee. Should such a situation occur, you may wonder how to properly handle the waiting period typically imposed on new hires preceding their eligibility for health care benefits. The answer depends on the status of your organization under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Are Health Club Memberships or On-site Fitness Centers an ERISA Benefit?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jun 17, 2019

More and more employers are contributing dollars toward the cost of health club memberships for employees. Some are even building their own on-site fitness centers. If your organization is considering either approach, you might wonder: Are health club memberships or on-site fitness centers subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)?

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3 Essential Steps to Successful Change Management

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Apr 29, 2019

In good times, organizations often need to change to seize opportunities and keep up with demand. In bad times, they must change because, well, something has clearly gone awry. Whatever its cause may be, change can put great strain on an employer’s ability to accomplish its mission.

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Blow the Dust off Your Employee Handbook

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Mar 07, 2019

It’s probably safe to say that most employers have created some form of an employee handbook. But just because your organization has one, that doesn’t mean it’s functional.

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What Does "At-will Employment" Really Mean Anyway?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Feb 01, 2019

Many, if not most, employers today use some form of an “at-will” employment contract when hiring. The arrangement is theoretically simple: The employer can terminate the employee at any time, for any cause — with or without notice. But is that what at-will employment really means? Not necessarily.

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Comply Carefully With The Laws Regarding Background Checks

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Jan 08, 2019

A bad hire can lead to more than just disappointment. Disgruntled employees may draw bad publicity; file complicated, expensive lawsuits; and even disclose or destroy sensitive data. Many employers are adding background checks to their hiring processes for these reasons. If you’re thinking about joining them, here are some dos and don’ts to follow.

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Help Employees Take Flight With a Performance Management Pilot Program

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Dec 06, 2018

Many years ago, “performance management” was a supervisor giving orders to an employee and the employee trying to follow them. But as the workplace has evolved and employers have sought to get a greater return on investment in human resources, the concept of performance management has become much more complex.

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3 Critical HR Metrics For Employers

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Nov 08, 2018

Many employers routinely watch key financial metrics, such as current ratio and gross profit. But these aren’t the only measures you should consider monitoring. Recent years have seen the emergence of vital human resource (HR) metrics. These measures can help your organization make better-informed decisions about human capital, operations, and overall strategy. Here are three examples of critical HR metrics:

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Minding The Compliance Requirements Of An NQDC Plan

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Oct 02, 2018

To maintain their lifestyles in retirement, many top execs would like to set aside more dollars annually than is allowed under a qualified plan, such as a 401(k). One way an employer can help them do so is by setting up a nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plan.

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