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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...

Streamlining Benefits Enrollment – Simplifying the Chaos

If ever there were two words that could strike fear into the heart of a human resources employee, they would certainly be 'open enrollment' the brief annual event that allows employees of a company to change or enroll in the various insurance, retirement, or other benefit packages offered by a company can be among the most chaotic endeavors an HR worker will ever endure. But like most other events in the workplace, a few simple steps can greatly simplify the benefits enrollment process and help even the largest companies streamline their enrollment period. These few pointers about benefits enrollment will help not only the human resources department, but every employee in the company as well. Continue reading...

SaaS Payroll – Simple and Highly Effective

Businesses today have plenty of obstacles to overcome and plenty of tools to help them do so. Technology in particular has greatly changed the way that companies operate, and currently over ninety percent of all companies use technology of some form to help with basic functions. Payroll is the most common use for software in the workplace, and various options exist. Companies that don't like the thought of outsourcing will have to find another solution, and SaaS payroll is an attractive option. There are many benefits of using SaaS payroll solutions for your company, including some you may not even be aware of. If you'd rather keep your HR department responsible for payroll, considering SaaS payroll is a great way to help them handle the tasks. Continue reading...

Managing Open Enrollment With Technology – Using it Effectively

Open enrollment can be a pain for HR workers in your company and can actually bring most other HR functions to a screeching halt until the open enrollment process is completed. Some research has found that basic HR efficiency can be reduced by eighty percent or higher due to open enrollment, although that figure represents companies that are unprepared for the process. Preparation is one key to smooth open enrollment, but one of the greatest tools you can use to help make open enrollment easy is technology. Every step of the open enrollment process can be simplified by using technology, and as a company you can't afford to ignore what it can do for you during this event. Continue reading...

How to Smoothly Implement a Human Resource Management System – Simple Steps to Success

There are few tools that you can add to your business that come with as many benefits as a human resource management system. With the ability to streamline your entire HR department, reduce errors, improve compliance, boost productivity, improve morale, and much more, a human resource management system is an investment that most businesses will never regret making. There is always a period of adjustment when workplace changes occur, however, and implementing a human resource management system is no different. There are steps that you can take, however, that will allow you to add your human resource management system smoothly and begin enjoying its benefits quickly. Continue reading...

How Pay as You Go Workers Compensation Can Save Your Business Money – The Basics

If your company is considering pay as you go workers compensation, you're not alone. The average cost of workers' compensation in the private sector is around $2.30 for every hour worked. Obviously, the number of employees you have can drive up the cost significantly. Keeping costs low is a must for any business, and pay as you go workers compensation can help you save money. Pay as you go workers compensation is becoming more and more popular as companies begin to realize the benefits that it can give to their business. There are a variety of ways that pay as you go workers compensation can help save you money. Continue reading...

FMLA – What Employers Need to Know

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 is important to employees and employers alike since it not only provides employees the right to unpaid leave for family related medical issues, but also because it can provide serious fines and lawsuits to employers who fail to abide by its laws. But the FMLA isn't designed with the intent of punishing employers or to make their lives difficult. Understanding the basic laws of the FMLA is enough to ensure that your business stays on the right side of it for the most part. But as your company grows, managing FMLA can get tougher. Unicorn HRO can provide software solutions that allow you to efficiently manage FMLA regulations within your workplace. The software helps, but as mentioned there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to fully adhere to the FMLA. Continue reading...

Five Tips for Buying Short Term Disability Insurance – Helpful Hints to Remember

Over eighteen million Americans between the ages of eighteen and sixty four are currently classified as disabled, and over two and half million workers are currently receiving SSDI benefits. These surprising numbers highlight the high incidence of disability in our country and the importance of offering your workers short term disability insurance. Short term disability insurance provides your employees with a way to still bring some level of income into their home for a period of time while they recover from a disabling illness or injury. Over sixty percent of private sector workers lack short term disability insurance, and most will be unable to meet their bills without it. Here are five tips for choosing the best short term disability insurance policies. Continue reading...

Five Reasons to Offer Health Benefits to Your Employees – The Benefits to You

Health benefits are an important part of most employees' benefits packages, which explains why around ninety eight percent of large businesses offer them to their workers. While small and mid-sized businesses offer them less frequently ��� only seventy five percent of mid-sized business have health benefits ��� it is still important to consider as an option. Health benefits and retirement funds are consistently the top two employee valued benefits and depending upon the survey you look at, either of the two take the top spot. While offering health benefits is an expense some companies want to avoid, there are a number of reasons that you should consider offering health benefits to your employees. Here are five of them. Continue reading...

Five Key Functions of HRIS – The Best Features for Your Money

If you've decided that the time to upgrade your HR department with a state of the art HRIS has come, you'll likely be surprised by the variety of features that today's HRIS can offer. The basic functions that most companies expect from an HRIS are still present, along with many additional features that can transform not only your HR department but your entire business. To find the best HRIS money can buy, you'll want to keep your eyes out for a few key features. These are the five key functions that any good HRIS can provide, and although you may not need them all at the moment there may come a time when you're glad your HRIS already has them included. Continue reading...


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