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A Guide to Simplifying Employee Benefits – Streamlining Benefits

Employee benefits are a double edged sword. Employees love them, and over half admit that if they lost their employee benefits that they would begin seeking employment elsewhere. But managing employee benefits, from initial enrollment through regular modification, can put a huge amount of strain on your human resource team. And the larger your company, the more complex employee benefits will become. There are a number of great options out there for simplifying employee benefits, and looking through the various options can provide you with some great ideas for streamlining and simplifying each aspect of your benefits packages. Continue reading...

Why You Can't Ignore Human Resource Management Services – A Must for Business

Human resource management services are often overlooked by businesses until a certain point in their development is reached. While even a company with three employees can benefit from human resource management services, once your business evolves to the mid-sized or larger level, you won't just benefit from human resource management services ��� you'll simply need them. Human resource management services can do so much for you company, but some business owners or managers fail to realize just how much. Human resource management services go far beyond just payroll solutions, and their importance can't be ignored by any serious business. Continue reading...

Why Tracking Time and Attendance Can Boost your Profits

Most companies today are looking for any break they can find as far as cutting costs is concerned. While many scour through many aspects of their business, they often end up overlooking one simple area that could save them thousands ��� tracking time and attendance. Tracking time and attendance is a basic function of any company that is often either inadequately managed or taken advantage of by employees. There are a number of areas that tracking time and attendance can help you cut your costs and boost your profits, and although most of them are obvious, common sense type benefits they still manage to be overlooked by many companies. Here is why tracking time and attendance is so important to your business. Continue reading...

When Human Resource Outsourcing is the Best Option – Knowing the Basics

Human resource outsourcing is a tool that countless businesses use to help streamline their HR department, maximize their productivity, and minimize errors. Human resource outsourcing can involve a variety of different things including simple payroll outsourcing or full employee self-service benefits administration. Different businesses need different things from their human resource outsourcing efforts and knowing what you need is the first step in learning how to tell when human resource outsourcing is the best option. While not all businesses will benefit the same from human resource outsourcing, for most it is a valuable tool that can't be overlooked. Continue reading...

What Makes a Health Benefits Program a Good One? – Choosing the Right Plan

According to the most recent data from the US Department of Labor, about sixty nine percent of employees in private industries had access to health benefits as part of their employee benefit options. Of these, around half took advantage of the offered health benefits. About eighty percent of the costs were paid by employers. This data helps highlight the facts that health benefits are very important to employees, but that since you'll be investing a good bit of money into providing health benefits to your workers you need to ensure that you're getting the very best program your money can buy. As such, it's important to understand the features of a great health benefits package. Continue reading...

Types of Flexible Spending Accounts – Your Options

Your business can offer its employee's a wide range of benefits to help keep them motivated and to attract the best new hires. Most employers think of health insurance as the main benefit to offer, but a recent study found that forty five percent of surveyed employees valued a flexible spending account as much as health insurance. A flexible spending account allows employees to contribute a portion of their income to the account, which is free from payroll tax. The money in the flexible spending account can then be used for a number of qualifying needs including health care. Unicorn HRO can help you set up and manage your flexible spending account with software solutions. There are a few different types of flexible spending accounts you'll need to consider for your employees. Continue reading...

Top Five Tips for Simple Performance Management – Keys to Success

Over the last few years the number of companies implementing serious performance management plans has risen by thirty percent, and currently eighty percent of companies surveyed in a recent study stated that they felt their company would benefit from improved performance management processes. At its most basic, performance management is nothing more than a straightforward system that is used to help ensure a company or organization meets specific goals and helps to identify problem areas that need to be focused on in order to better meet those goals. However, performance management can become exceedingly complex and can be broken down into very precise measurements. Keeping it simple is often the best course of action for performance management, and here are five tips you can follow to help keep your performance management simply but effective. Continue reading...

The Rules of the FMLA – Understanding the Law

In 1993, President Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act into law. The FMLA laid out protection of the rights of employees across the nation, allowing them to take unpaid leaves from their job for certain reasons without having to fear any repercussions from their employer. FMLA laws cover the majority of American workers, and employers must comply with the FMLA or face fines or even lawsuits. Compliance is often easier with FMLA management software, and Unicorn HRO can assist your business with its FMLA management needs. But while good management will simplify the process, just understanding the rules of the FMLA is the best way to ensure your company remains compliant. Continue reading...

The Five Most Desired Employee Benefits

The importance of employee benefits is something that can't be overstated. Most employees value their benefits as much as they do their salary, so much that one survey found that almost ninety percent of employees said their employee benefits meant as much as their salary. Obviously not all employee benefits are created equally and certain ones are more valued than others. Surprisingly, some of the most desired employee benefits aren't what you might think. Looking at the employee benefits that the workforce desires most will help you formulate a benefit package that will help keep your current employees happy and attract the best new hires when openings appear. Continue reading...

The Basics of Unemployment Law – What You Should Know

Employers are required to manage a lot of different regulatory information, from harassment to disability issues. With unemployment rates still hovering at just above nine percent as of June, 2011, one area that any company must understand and always consider is that of unemployment law. Unemployment law governs not only the methods of terminating employees, but also their rights and your responsibility to them associated with unemployment insurance. There are certain rules and regulations concerning releasing an employee as well as laws that make you responsible for benefits under unemployment law, and knowing all of the basics of unemployment law is important if you want to keep your company on the right side of it. Here's a simple rundown of some of the most commonly encountered issues with unemployment law. Continue reading...


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