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E-Verify----The Basics

Posted by Amber Malik on Mar 06, 2020

Alabama is one of several states that does require employers to use a federal program designed to stop them from hiring people in the U.S. illegally.  The Alabama legislature passed in both houses legislation prohibiting employers from knowingly employing unauthorized aliens. The law is known as the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. The law requires all employers to enroll in and utilize E-Verify. 

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New Hires - Is Your Company Compliant?

Posted by Amber Malik on Jan 22, 2020

As a business owner/manager, you have many processes and tasks involved in your day-to-day workload. Scheduling, timekeeping, payroll, etc...How about new hire onboarding?

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Will a Leap Year Result in an Extra Paycheck?

Posted by Amber Malik on Jan 14, 2020

While February typically has 28 days, in leap years—such as February 2020—it contains an extra day. Employers who pay their salaried employees every week or every two weeks will encounter a year in which there is one payday more than usual. These employers should plan ahead to identify and address these "payroll leap years" in advance. It has been our experience that it is best to keep clients informed of pending leap years so that they can keep their employees informed as well. 

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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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Walking on Eggshells: ERISA Compliance Depends on Plan Documents

Posted by Amber Malik on Nov 05, 2019

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) covers both defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. If your organization offers its employees either, you may feel like you’re constantly walking on eggshells trying to oversee all the regulatory details involved. One critical way to stay in compliance and avoid costly penalties is to ensure your plan operates consistently with its plan documents.

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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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COBRA Fraud: When an Employer Can Terminate Early

Posted by Amber Malik on Sep 03, 2019

Employers with 20 or more employees are generally required to offer continuing health care coverage to departing staff members. This is commonly referred to as “COBRA” after the legislation that made it law: the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985.

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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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Laying the Foundation for a Functional Incentive Plan

Posted by Amber Malik on Jul 03, 2019

Employee incentive plans can be among the most meaningful benefits that an employer can offer. This is because participants receive awards tied directly to their professional accomplishments or their organization’s success.

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