Category Archives: Benefits & Compensation QOTW

Paying For Smartphone Usage

Question: Many of our employees have smartphones. Do we have to pay them for every time they use it outside of regular working hours? Answer: This is becoming a much bigger issue, as more companies are using smartphones as a …
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Volunteer Time

Question: Can my employee volunteer time to my non-profit organization or an event sponsored by the employer? Answer: For an exempt employee, ABSOLUTELY! There are no concerns regarding payment for an exempt employee under the FLSA, and they can actually …
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Wellness Certification

Question: Since I’ve been working on a corporate wellness program I am thinking about getting the certification. I have been considering The Corporate Health and Wellness Association (CHWA). Can you provide your insight on whether one credentialing program is more highly regarded …
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Snow Storm Pay

Question: What do you pay when a snow storm hits? Answer: This winter has been one for the record books, and with nearly two months of winter left to go there is a good chance that companies will be faced …
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Confusion Over FSAs versus HSAs

Question: What is the difference between an flexible spending account (FSA) and a health savings account (HSA)? Answer: A recent article published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) points out that most employees do not understand the difference …
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Voluntary Classification Settlement Program

Question: What is the new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) and what, if anything, does my company need to do? Answer: The new Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) was developed by the IRS to provide payroll tax relief to employers that …
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What is a Fiduciary?

Question: What is all this talk about being a “fiduciary” to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan? What is it? Am I one? Answer: A fiduciary is any individual or entity that has, or exercises discretionary control over the management of the ERISA …
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When to Offer a Part-Time Employee Company Benefits

Question: How quickly do we need to offer benefits once a part-time employee is working 40 or more hours per week? The employee is regularly scheduled to work 30 hours per week and is ineligible for coverage. However, the employee …
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Am I Required to Offer COBRA?

Question: How do I determine if I have to offer COBRA to our employees for their health insurance? We are ‘on the bubble’ with 21 employees this year, but some are part time.  Answer: According to the Department of Labor, …
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Preparing for Health Care Reform

Question: The Health Care Reform Buzz Is Growing. Are You Prepared? Answer: The buzz about Health Care Reform is starting to grow, and your employees are paying attention. Time magazine’s “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us” is about to …
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