Gretchen Smitson

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Are your employees happy?

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 @ 08:10

51% of employees report job satisfaction

Employee retention is a struggle that many employers face in the modern recruiting market. In order to remedy high turnover rates, employers are trying to find ways to keep employees satisfied with their employer organization.

According to a report conducted by The Conference Board, 51% of employees in the United States are satisfied with their jobs overall. With just a little more than half of the workforce reporting job satisfaction, that leaves nearly one half of workers dissatisfied with their overall workplace experience. So what are employers doing well? What could be improved? 

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Tags: BerniePortal, hiring, recruitment

What employers need to know about COBRA

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 09:10

Background, penalties and more

What is COBRA? Here's what employers need to know.

Employers that offer a group health plan and that have 20 or more full time employees (or full time equivalents) are required by law to offer COBRA continuation coverage to qualified beneficiaries—employees experiencing a qualifying event that results in a termination of employment or a reduction in hours. In certain cases, an employee's spouse or dependents may also qualify for continuation coverage.

COBRA administration and compliance adds a layer of difficulty to successful benefits administration for employers. Let’s take a look at some commonly asked COBRA questions.

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Tags: BerniePortal, hiring, recruitment

What is telecommuting?

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 @ 06:09

Definition: telecommuting

The past decade has seen a 115% increase in telecommuting. So what exactly is telecommuting and why is it so popular?

Telecommuting is the ability for employees to work from a location other than the office. Telecommuting is often marked by a large reliance on technology for communication and collaboration purposes, as employee teams are scattered in different locations. 

Types of telecommuters:

  • Remote employees
  • Virtual employees
  • Mobile employees
  • Digital nomads
  • Employees who work from home

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Tags: BerniePortal, hiring, recruitment

3 ways to capture quality candidates

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 @ 09:08

Finding quality candidates

A decade after the recession, power in the recruitment market has shifted from employer-driven to candidate driven. This means that candidates can be more selective about the positions they take and employers must compete in order to capture quality candidates.

So how exactly are employers supposed to compete? The best way to attract quality candidates is by addressing three key factors: compensation, employee benefits and hiring regimen.

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Tags: BerniePortal, hiring, recruitment

Top 5 most attractive employee benefits

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 09:06

Workers prefer benefits

Over the past decade, power within the job market has shifted from employers to candidates. This change in the recruitment ecosystem has led employers to take a deeper look at the benefits available to employees. Rather than simply offering increased wages, employers are increasingly offering unique benefit packages that reflect company culture and employee preferences.

Here are the 5 most attractive employee benefits according to Harvard Business Review: 

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Tags: benefits technology, BerniePortal, aca compliance, Affordable Care Act, employer mandate

What to do after completing 1095-Cs

Posted by Gretchen Smitson on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 06:01

Steps for employers 

You've gone through the pain of completing your 1094-C and 1095-Cs and the deadline to file and distribute is quickly approaching. What should you do to make sure you deliver the right documents to the proper location?

Here is everything you need to know about staying compliant in your distribution and filing oforms 1094-C and 1095-C:

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Tags: employee benefit adviser, employer digest, health insurance small employers, employers, hr software, HR, tax withholding

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