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Thursday, 04 April 2019

Can I ask or tell employees not to discuss pay?

Written by Susan West

Most people have worked at a job where there was a policy of not discussing pay among workers. For most, it’s something that people just assume is in place and don’t question. However, the truth is that these policies may not be legal. Indeed, they could be playing a major role in the ongoing issues related to the wage gap that exists in the modern workforce...

Monday, 08 April 2019

Step up to the plate: What baseball can teach you about investing

Written by Jason Baum, CFP®, ChFC®, MBA

Another baseball season is upon us! Whether you’re a fan of the Red Sox, Twins, Rays or one of the other 27 major-league teams, you can likely get your baseball fix here in Southwest Florida. As it turns out, baseball and investing have a surprising number of things in common. From the structure of the game to its overall strategy, baseball can teach us all something about successful investing...

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Effective exit interviews: Making the exit work

Written by Susan West

Exit interviews are a tough thing for many businesses. We conduct them because they’re considered standard, but do we do them right? Is it possible to make an exit interview work to actively improve our company? Certainly it is possible to do so, and in fact it should be an active goal...

Thursday, 04 April 2019

Outsourcing exit interviews

Written by Susan West

Exit interviews are all-too-often overlooked as a vital part of human resources strategy. No company should be without this process, as it provides an important means for evaluating your company’s policies and procedures. Far too many companies have little knowledge of how to conduct and best leverage the exit interview to its fullest potential. This is why many companies are turning to outsourcing exit interviews...

Thursday, 04 April 2019

From the ground up: Secrets to starting an HR department

Written by Susan West

The human resources field as it exists today is newer than most people realize. Far from simply hiring and benefits, the HR department sets the goals for employment practices and guides the vision and ideals of the company. Some companies, indeed, don’t even have a modern HR department and building one from scratch can seem like a very daunting prospect. Here are the secrets and steps to starting an HR department from the ground up...

Question: Some of our employees are considering buying short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies instead of enrolling in our employer-sponsored health care plan. Will these employees have special enrollment rights in our group plan if they lose eligibility for short-term, limited-duration coverage? Answer: It’s likely that employees who lose eligibility for short-term, limited-duration health insurance will be entitled to special enrollment rights under your company’s group health plan — assuming they’re otherwise eligible to enroll in the plan at that time. Eligible employees (and their eligible dependents) are entitled to HIPAA special enrollment rights under your company’s plan if they lose eligibility for health insurance coverage (or if they lose eligibility for coverage under another group health plan)...

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Small business healthcare tax credit form available now

Written by Thomson Reuters

In very late January, the IRS released the 2018 Form 8941, to be used by eligible small employers to calculate their health care tax credits. If you may qualify for this potentially valuable tax break, ask your tax preparer about claiming the credit on your 2018 return or filing an amended return if you’ve already filed. Background on the credit The small business health care tax credit generally is available to employers that: Have fewer than 25 employees, Pay average annual wages of less than $50,000 (indexed), and Contribute a uniform percentage of at least 50% of the premium costs for employee health insurance coverage obtained through a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), unless an exception applies. The maximum tax credit is generally 50% of employer-paid premiums (35% for tax-exempt eligible small employers) and can be taken for only two tax years, which must be consecutive...

Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Narrow networks: A perhaps overlooked model for savings and quality

Written by Thomson Reuters

“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” President Obama made this controversial and widely quoted statement about a decade ago while he was promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before its enactment. The quote recognizes that most people prefer to choose their own physicians. But health care market dynamics, even before passage of the ACA, were already driving employers to incentivize employees to choose providers that satisfied “preferred provider” criteria — even if doing so meant they’d have to drop their old doctors...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Close-up on materiality

Written by Thomson Reuters

The Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has been discussing options to amend its definition of the term “materiality.” In May, the ASB plans to vote on issuing an exposure draft of the updated guidance. Here’s what’s currently on the table. Existing auditing standards Under current U...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Say-on-pay rule: Study shows shareholder votes may not matter

Written by Thomson Reuters

How does your company’s executive compensation plan measure up? A recent study found that CEO compensation at large public companies has continued to increase despite the “say-on-pay” rule that went into effect in 2011. Here’s more information on this rule and key findings from the 2018 Equilar CEO Pay Trends report. Soliciting feedback Following the financial crisis of 2008, the Dodd-Frank Act required public companies to provide investors a “say on pay...

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