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An Overview of the Family Medical Leave Act – The Basics

There are numerous laws on the books applying to various aspects of employer and their employees. The Family Medical Leave Act is one such law that employers need to be well aware of since failure to abide by the Family Medical Leave Act could results in fines or lawsuits. Essentially the Family Medical Leave Act is designed to provide certain employees with the ability to take unpaid leaves of absence under certain qualifying circumstances without fear of losing their job or suffering any repercussions from their employers. It's important to understand the Family Medical Leave Act and what it says in order to stay in full compliance of it. Continue reading...

A Basic Look at FSA – A General Overview

Recent studies have uncovered that over fifty percent of employees in mid-sized to large firms are offered an FSA as part of their benefits package. While health insurance and retirement packages are the most desired benefits for most employees, a great FSA can be just as attractive to some employees. And since there are several types of FSA options available and the cost of implementing and maintain a flexible spending account is lower than you might realize, adding FSA options to your existing employee benefit package is a great way to improve your workers' morale and attract new hires. Here's a quick look at the basics of these accounts and some facts about them. Continue reading...

Why Voluntary Benefits Plans Still Matter – Useful and Inexpensive

Today's workers can expect a lot from their company. Over seventy five percent of employees in recent studies said that their benefits were as important to them as their salary. Most companies offer some form of benefits, even if it's only paid leave – something that seventy eight percent of employees in the country enjoy. If you want to give your employees more benefits than what you currently do, voluntary benefits plans may be the best option. Voluntary benefits plans are essentially just benefits packages that employees in your company can enroll in and pay for entirely out of their own salaries, but they do have a place in most companies. While voluntary benefits might not have the same allure to employees as benefits that the company finances, there are still several reasons that voluntary benefits plans do matter. Continue reading...

Why FSA Administration Software is Worth the Investment – Well worth the Money

Employees today expect as much from their employer as the employer expects from them. While salary is still vital, ninety percent of workers rank their benefits as just as important to them as their pay. To attract the best employees and keep them, you need to offer great benefits. One that you may be overlooking is an FSA. By giving your employees a tax free account to offset medical costs, you'll be boosting their morale greatly. But FSA administration can be one more burden on your HR department's shoulders. With FSA administration software from Unicorn HRO, you can avoid this problem almost entirely. There are several benefits from FSA administration software that make it worth your money, and looking at a few of them will help you understand why FSA administration software is as important as the FSA itself. Continue reading...

What Reading a Payroll Blog Can Do for Your Company – Valuable Lessons

The internet has given everyone a voice that wants to use it. You'll find blogs on everything from teacup pigs to planting a garden. When it comes to businesses, however, a payroll blog can help you tremendously. Reading a payroll blog can do a lot for your company - more than you might realize. Start by finding a great payroll blog that provides you with real information. Some companies set up payroll blogs that are little more than advertisements, so be sure that you find a payroll blog that gives info you can use. Once you find a great one, the benefits will begin to become apparent quickly. Continue reading...

Using Human Resource Metrics Effectively – Getting the Most from Them

It's no secret that using human resource metrics can help tell you a lot about your company. With human resource metrics you can uncover everything from your average turnover rate to an estimated cost of how much benefits are costing your company. But with so many different human resource metrics and so many different ways to use them, actually utilizing human resource metrics in an effective manner can sometimes be more difficult than most companies even realize. There are few key points that you should keep in mind if you want to use human resource metrics effectively. Continue reading...

Understanding the Basics of Long Term Disability Insurance – What you Should Know

Disability is a serious threat in today's world. With recent figures estimating that one out of four of today's twenty year olds will become disabled by the time they reach retirement age and around twelve percent of the population already classified as disabled, it's really more common than you might suspect. These facts highlight the importance of offering long term disability insurance to your employees. Of the various types of insurance you can offer your employees, many experts agree that long term disability is one of the most important. Long term disability offers a way for your employees to protect themselves and their families, and is more valuable than many other benefits you might offer. Here are some of the basics of long term disability insurance. Continue reading...

Top Ten HR Metrics – Knowing the Numbers and How to Use Them

HR metrics are sometimes overlooked by businesses who assume they're too complicated to deal with. But HR metrics can help uncover strengths and weaknesses within a company and allow you to understand which areas you need to focus on improving and which ones you need to capitalize on. From basic HR department efficiency to uncovering the exact cost of each new employee, HR metrics are invaluable for assessing your business and devising strategies. And the best HR administration programs like those from Unicorn HRO can make utilizing HR metrics simpler than ever. Here are ten of the most helpful HR metrics and what they can tell you about your company. Continue reading...

Tips for Buying Software for Tracking Time and Labor – What to Look For

There are many different investments you'll make into your company over the years. From your employees to your property, some are more important than others. Software for tracking time and attendance is one of the more important investments that you'll ever make. With thousands of dollars in loss each year from ineffectively tracking time and attendance, giving your company the tools needed for properly tracking time and attendance is important if you want to avoid profit loss and help ensure that you pay your employees what they're owed. There are many different types of programs out there for tracking time and attendance, and finding the best one can be tricky. Here are some tips to remember when you begin looking for the best software to help with tracking time and attendance. Continue reading...

The High Costs of Inefficiently Tracking PTO/Paid Time Off – More Expensive Than You Think

PTO/paid time off is the single most common employee benefit offered by companies today, with over ninety percent of mid-sized to large companies offering some form of PTO/paid time off. While offering PTO/paid time off is a great way to keep your employees happy, the truth is that most companies have archaic and ineffective measures in place to track PTO/paid time off. Currently, estimates say that nearly every worker will take at least three PTO/paid time off days that aren't tracked by their employer. While that seems like a small matter, the costs of paying employees for days that they shouldn't be paid for can add up quickly. There are serious costs that come with inefficiently tracking PTO/paid time off, and it's important to understand them. Continue reading...


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