How to handle employee absences outside of FMLA

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Aug 10, 2018 @ 09:08

What to do when FMLA doesn't apply

When it comes to personal or medical employee absences, the Family and Medical Leave Act provides a standard set of requirements for employers with over 50 employees.

But there are cases where FMLA does not apply. If you have less than 50 employees, or the employee has not worked for the company the required amount of time for FMLA eligibility—1,250 work hours or 12 months of active employment—how do you handle employee leave?

The process will vary based on the specific circumstances at your organization, as there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach when FMLA doesn’t apply. But in general, here are two scenarios—one where the employee has Short-Term Disability coverage, and one without Short-Term Disability coverage.

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Effective date for FMLA forms extended for employers

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 @ 08:06

Implement new FMLA forms

Employers now have until June 30, 2018 to implement the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms.

If your organization has not updated its forms with the new versions or where not aware of the change, the deadline has been extended through June 30.

What are these forms? The Department of Labor is required to submit FMLA forms to the Office of Management and Budget for approval every three years. The current forms were set to expire May 31, 2018. No other changes have been made to these notices, aside from the effective date.

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How to successfully bring on a new hire

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 07:03

Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR

According to the Society for Human Resources, onboarding a new hire represents a significant financial and administrative burden. In a new survey, SHRM reported that the average cost-per-hire is $4,129 and the average time to fill a position is 42 days.

Because bringing on a new hire represents such an undertaking for most organizations, prioritizing effective onboarding to improve retention is a key goal for many HR departments in 2018.

However, there is significant opportunity for organizations to refocus onboarding to emphasize high-impact training and development activities, rather than administrative tasks and new-hire paperwork, resulting in improved onboarding and retention.

Bernard Health provides a solution to onboarding challenges in two ways—BerniePortal and BernieHR—which allows HR to become more strategic and valuable. To learn more, download our e-book, “Strategic Onboarding with BernieHR,” or read on.

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What is the CHIP notice?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:02

Employers must notify workers of possible premium assistance

Employers providing group health insurance in states with premium assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must provide annual notice of that assistance before the start of each plan year.

The notice explains how employees can find out if premium assistance is available, and how to apply for Medicare or CHIP coverage for dependents.

Here's what employers need to know.

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Small employers—don't miss these three HR deadlines

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 09:02

Get compliance peace of mind

Keeping track of the many regulatory guidelines and deadlines can be overwhelming for small to mid-sized employers. But overlooking even a small compliance item can lead to costly penalties for your organization.

Here are three upcoming can’t-miss HR deadlines.

Wondering if your company’s HR department is up to par? BernieHR provides on-demand HR consulting, allowing small organizations to focus on business growth and development while obtaining compliance peace of mind.

Three HR deadlines to watch:

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Tags: employer digest, BernieHR, HR, BerniePortal, compliance

How small employers can improve HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 08:01

Two ways for small businesses to become more strategic

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

A recent study conducted by Paychex found that 20 percent of small employers have little to no confidence in their HR abilities, specifically in onboarding, employee classification and background checks.

Further, the report notes most small businesses lack the structure and technology to automate their current manual processes. Only 30 percent of small businesses use technology for onboarding, and 38 percent still track time and attendance manually.

With manual processes comes human error, which further adds to the low confidence levels experienced by most small businesses when it comes to HR. Further, uncertainty about whether these processes are conducted correctly can lead to costly penalties and fines.

Here are two ways small organizations can address these issues:

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Five HR reminders to send employees before the end of the year

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 09:12

Reduce future headaches with these steps

As the end of the year approaches, it’s easy for many organizations to go into autopilot. But for HR departments, this is actually a key time to set your workplace up for success in 2018.

Sending these reminders to employees will reduce administrative headaches come January 1st, and will set everyone up for success in the new year. Software can make these steps even easier, and Bernard Health clients have access to BerniePortal, a leading benefits and HR platform.

Here are five HR reminders to be sure you send before employees take off for the holidays.

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How Bernard Health simplifies HR

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 @ 09:09

Simplify HR administration with BernieHR and BerniePortal

The fragmented HR ecosystem presents challenges to small and mid-sized employers. Compliance is key but regulations are ever-changing, and HR policies are the foundation of your workplace, so it’s important to get them right.

Bernard Health solves HR challenges for clients through two integrated offerings—BerniePortal and BernieHR.

BerniePortal is our proprietary benefits and HR software platform. It makes handling HR functions like onboarding, offboarding, 1095-Cs, time & attendance and PTO a breeze.

BernieHR is on-demand, a la carte HR consulting for employers lacking a full-time HR presence. From policy and procedure development to compliance reporting and beyond, BernieHR provides experienced services to improve and streamline your organization’s HR.

Our clients have complimentary access to BerniePortal. To learn how Bernard Health can improve your HR and benefits plan, call us at 1-800-505-0750, or read on for available features. 

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How do your employment policies and procedures measure up?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 07:09

Judge strikes down rule doubling overtime threshold

Do you have the right employment processes in place at your organization? Depending on your state, the size of your company and your industry, there are key HR policies to consider.

Policies and procedures are an integral part of a strong company culture. They help all team members get on the same page on expectations and standards, and in certain cases can protect you from liability.

To make sure your organization is up to date, regularlay review the following policies and procedures. Need help bringing your organization’s HR up to par? Click here to learn more about BernieHR, our on-demand HR service.

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Overtime rule officially blocked

Posted by Emily Kubis on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 07:09

Judge strikes down rule doubling overtime threshold

A federal judge in Texas has officially struck down the 2016 Department of Labor ruling that would have more than doubled the threshold for overtime pay in the U.S., after temporarily blocking the law last November.

The law would have forced employers to pay time-and-a-half for any hours over 40 per week worked by employees making less than $47,476. This ruling would have more than doubled the current overtime threshold of $23,660.

Employers can continue to follow existing overtime regulations, last updated in 2004.

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Tags: employer digest, BernieHR, HR, overtime

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