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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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DOL Releases New Guidance on Employee Leaves

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Aug 07, 2020

The pandemic has affected both employers and employees, and everyone is trying to figure out how to work under new situations and new rules. The Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act are all governing workplace rights and responsibilities, and the new DOL guidance will help everyone understand them.

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COVID-19: A Reminder of Why Cross-training Your Staff Is Key

Posted by Becky Snedigar on May 11, 2020

Imagine this scenario: A company’s controller is hospitalized, and she’s the only person inside the company who knows how its accounting and payroll software works. She also is the only person with check signing authority, besides the owner, who is in lockdown at his second home out of state. Meanwhile, payroll needs to be processed soon, and unpaid bills are piling up.

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Rules and Guidance for Companies With Employees at Home

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Apr 02, 2020

Even though your employees are working from home, they still need good, open communication channels between you and them. As a manager, keep the flow of information transparent and available for everyone to see.

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Reverse Mentoring Can Benefit Everyone Involved

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Dec 13, 2019

When you read the word “mentor,” you might envision an older individual patiently and eloquently passing along decades’ worth of knowledge to a wide-eyed young student. Indeed, this is a kind of mentoring relationship that still exists and can prove beneficial to many organizations.

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Should 360-Degree Performance Evaluations be Anonymous?

Posted by Becky Snedigar on Nov 14, 2019

It’s no surprise that 360-degree performance evaluations have grown in popularity. We live and work in an age of data — the more, the better, to avoid inaccurate assessments based on biases or small sample sizes.

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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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