New California Law Imposes Additional Requirements For Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

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The #MeToo Movement is proving to have a lasting effect not just on Hollywood, but the legislative landscape for employers in California. New regulatory changes taking effect in 2019 have many employers looking for access to training and resources to navigate the added requirements. The Changes Under SB 1343, employers with 5 or more employees must have all staff complete at least one hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Education by the end of 2019. Employees in supervisory roles will be required to complete at least two hours of training. These requirements are a noted increase from the previous ones in…
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The Top 5 Free Tools You Can Use to Simplify Open Enrollment

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Most human resources professionals aren’t fortunate enough to have a line item in their budget for “Open Enrollment promotion,” so you have to get creative! Having a great enrollment season requires a great deal of dedication and perseverance on the part of the HR and benefits team, and that includes finding free or inexpensive ways to encourage people to enroll early (and correctly) to receive the benefits that your organization provides. We have found that these 5 free tools are extremely effective ways to help employees understand their benefits and make their benefits decisions! 1. Create a Benefits Overview Video…
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5 Ways to Reduce Confusion During Open Enrollment

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Keeping everyone on the same page during your employee benefits enrollment period can be a challenge. From new employees who need to learn the ropes to individuals who are having a difficult time with technology, communication is critical throughout the open enrollment process. Creating an employee benefits enrollment process that works not only for the Human Resources team but also for the rest of the organization requires time and planning to effectively execute. Benefits are an incredibly important part of an employer’s payroll costs, making up approximately 32% of the total payroll. That makes it critically important that open enrollments…
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The 4 Things Benefits Brokers Aren’t Telling Telling You

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  If there is one thing that you can be sure of, it’s that benefits seasons will continue to roll around — and continue to cause challenges for HR departments everywhere. There are a range of decisions that need to be made each year, and one of the most important is determining how you can improve the process each year and reduce your overall frustration and pain points. You need to select someone that you can trust to be there when you need them. Plus, they must have the best interests of your organization and your employees in mind at…
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5 Employee Benefits that Help You Attract Top Talent

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What value do you place on your employees? If it’s compensation alone, you are offering no more than any other organization and your picks for new talent will be slim. Job seekers, especially millennials, are seeking out employers who offer more than just a fair wage–they are looking for outstanding, creative, and competitive employee benefits. It’s in the benefits that they are seeing how much an organization truly values those who are behind it. We’ve put together a list of 5 employee benefits that will not only help you attract top talent, but will also increase productivity, profitability, and reduce…
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Upgrade Your Employee Benefits Through Communication

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Employee benefits communication has long been a struggle for HR professionals. When providing employees with information about their benefits, it has been an ongoing battle to effectively convey what they need to know regarding terms, policies, and especially changes. In Aflac’s 2017 Workforces Report, 67% of employees reported that reading about their benefits is stressful or complicated. The majority also named “simpler language” as one of the top things they would change about their benefits enrollment to improve it. Only about 25% of employees felt confident in their benefits selections. Others said they needed more information or help from a…
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How to Eliminate Confusion When Transitioning Employee Benefits

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Discussing employee benefits is often regarded as an HR nightmare, especially if the conversations are about increased out of pocket costs or decreased benefits. The fact of the matter is that sometimes changes in benefits are not necessarily good news. Unfavorable changes in benefits can be a drain on employee morale. They can also make for uncomfortable communication as employees express their displeasure. Even good changes like lower costs or increased benefits can be met with responses like “what took so long?” that may hamper the positivity of the communication. Most often, though, the conversations focus on clearing up confusion about the transitions….
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Had an Accident? Put Your Smart Phone to Use

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AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS happen every minute of the day. But according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), most people do not know what steps to take or what information to share – or not share – after an accident. They may even put their identities and safety at risk by sharing too much personal information. To combat identify theft and also help motorists in gathering all the info they need to properly file a claim, the NAIC recently introduced its Wreck Check mobile application for use on iPhones and Android devices. A recent NAIC survey revealed consumers were unsure…
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Protecting Your Important Data When Employees Leave

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When is a business most susceptible to losing data, intellectual property and important records? No, not during a cyber attack or a break-in, but during lay-offs. With employees maybe feeling disgruntled after being let go, it’s common for some of them to pocket important company data – usually client lists, old e-mails, vendor contacts and even intellectual property that is essential to the company’s competitive advantage. During lay-offs or termination, you need to take steps to protect your data and intellectual property, but there are legal implications as well for how far you can go. Consider the following: Non solicitation…
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