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

Nearly 50,000 employers at risk for ACA penalties

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 08:08

Address compliance with a benefits platform

Accounting Today reports that of the 318,296 organizations that are required to offer health benefits through the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, 49,259 are at risk for compliance action by the IRS.

At least 30,000 penalty assessment notices have already been issued to employers for compliance issues related to the Affordable Care Act.

This news illustrates that despite some changes brought about to the law by President Trump’s administration, much of the law is still standing, and employers should keep a close eye on their compliance to avoid costly penalties.

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

Should I use applicant tracking software?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 08:07

Benefits of adding an applicant tracking system

Are you in hiring mode at your organization? With historically low unemployment rates, many U.S. employers are focusing on recruitment. HR departments especially are finding it challenging to find and hire good talent in such a competitive environment.

One solution that can make the hiring process easier and more streamlined is applicant tracking software. If your organization is struggling to keep the hiring process organized, using an applicant tracking system can improve recruitment and reduce time to hire.

Here’s what small and mid-sized businesses should know about applicant tracking.

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Tags: BerniePortal, onboarding, employer digest, bernieportal jobs, applicant tracking

Online onboarding: What HR should look for

Posted by Alex Tolbert on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 06:06

How HR can improve the onboarding experience and improve retention

This column was originally published in HR Technologist.

A new study released by software company Digitate found that employees who had a negative onboarding experience were twice as likely to look for new opportunities in the near future. With the hiring market in the hands of applicants, many organizations are focusing on making improvements to their recruitment and retention strategies. 

One way to improve the new hire experience and retention is to use an online onboarding system, which reduces the administrative burden of bringing on a new employee.

But how should HR leaders think about comparing the different onboarding solutions? Here are some of the things you should look for when evaluating a system.

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Tags: BerniePortal, broker, onboarding

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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Tags: BerniePortal, HR, employer digest, BernieHR

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

Thousands of employers to receive ACA penalty notices

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jun 01, 2018 @ 08:06

Address compliance with a benefits platform

The New York Times reports the IRS is sending penalty notices to 30,000 organizations in violation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

This news illustrates the importance of remaining compliant with the ACA, especially in light of changes to the law from the Trump administration.

There have been some changes to the ACA, including the repeal of the individual mandate penalty beginning in 2019 and the expansion of short-term and association health plans, among other changes.

However, the repeal did not impact the employer mandate, which requires groups with more than 50 full-time employers to provide health coverage, nor did it impact reporting requirements associated with the mandate.

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

Hiring Millennials? Why changing workforce trends are driving adoption of benefits tech

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 10:05

Half of employers plan to increase spending on benefits tech in the next three years

According to a new study from Guardian, employers are increasing their spending and adoption of benefits-related technology, largely driven by Millennials.

Guardian’s Workplace Benefits Study found most employers have increased their spending on benefits tech in the last five years, and half of employers surveyed plan to make further increases over the next three years.

These increases are driven largely by Millennials, who continue to comprise larger shares of the workforce. With unemployment low, employers are competing for Millennial talent and turning an eye to their recruitment, retention and engagement strategies.

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Tags: BerniePortal, millennials, benefits technology

Need applicant tracking? Try BerniePortal Jobs

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 06:04

Launching BerniePortal's applicant tracking system

Bernard Health clients have access to BerniePortal, an industry-leading benefits and HR platform that makes it easy to manage both the transactional challenges of HR and the strategic challenges of healthcare for small and mid-sized employers.

BerniePortal recently launched BerniePortal Jobs, an applicant tracking system that allows small and mid-sized employers to attract candidates, manage applicants, make offers and onboard new hires with best-in-class software.

While BerniePortal Jobs has a wide range of capabilities, its basic functions include job post creation, job post sharing, collaborative candidate review, applicant communication, and job offering tools.

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Tags: BerniePortal, onboarding, employer digest, bernieportal jobs, applicant tracking

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