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: BerniePortal, HR, compliance, employer digest, BernieHR

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

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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New tax withholding tables and deadline released

Posted by Emily Kubis on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:01

Employers must implement by Feb. 15

The IRS announced this week the new income tax withholding tables for 2018, reflecting changes made by the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Employers should begin using these new tables as soon as possible, but they must be implemented by February 15. Organizations should continue using the 2017 withholding tables until they have implemented the 2018 tables.

There are still seven federal income tax brackets, but the rates have been slightly lowered and income ranges have been adjusted.

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

What HR data should I track?

Posted by Emily Kubis on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 07:01

Spot trends with analytics

According to Paycor’s 2017 HR Trendcast, HR leaders are most worried about finding and keeping talent. With unemployment rates at record lows, many organizations are struggling to find the right people.

When thinking about improving your HR strategies in 2018, data-driven decision making can make a big difference in your approach to recruitment and retention. But in order to make those data-driven decisions, you first have to track the right metrics.

Here are five data points to track when it comes to recruitment and retention:

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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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Three tips for recruitment and retention

Posted by Emily Kubis on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 10:12

How to find and keep talent

What are HR leaders most concerned about? With unemployment rates at record lows, finding and keeping talent is the biggest concern HR departments face right now.

According to the HR Trendcast published by Paycor, 45 percent of HR leaders are worried about recruiting and retention.

As your organization gears up for 2018, here are three tips for taking your recruitment and retention strategy to the next level in the coming year.

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Tags: HR, employers, health insurance small employers, hr software, employer digest, recruitment, employee benefit adviser, retention

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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