United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

Recent Posts

Implications of California’s AB 5 for I-9 for Managers and Employees in 2020

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 21, 2020 7:30:00 AM

I-9 compliance is fundamental for an HR team when onboarding new employees. Its primary function is to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. I-9 becomes more complicated with the new addition of California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which deals primarily with an employee’s hiring status. Under current federal immigration law, independent contractors do not have to be in compliance with I-9. However, with the addition of AB 5, if those contractors are classed as employees their path to compliance will change.

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Topics: employee vs independent contractor, HR Elements, 2020

Leading the Social Enterprise: Building a Culture of Community Experience

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 9, 2020 3:19:30 PM

If you’ve been considering developing a social responsibility plan for your company in 2020, now is the perfect time. Experts are predicting that the future of success for organizations lies in their ability to make a marked difference in their community — an initiative that is directly tied to boosting the bottom line.

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Topics: workplace culture, organizational management, Social Enterprise

How to Set SMART Goals

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 3, 2020 4:01:48 PM

It might not surprise you to learn that 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned long before the spring daisies come up. This year, instead of ambiguous “resolutions,” consider SMART goals instead — especially if your resolutions are related to your health. These bite-sized, easily achievable goals are sure to keep you motivated all the way through spring, summer, and fall.

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Topics: wellness programs, healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, SMART Goals

Marketing a Modern Benefits Package

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 31, 2019 11:55:16 AM

Each year can bring new challenges for successfully implementing and marketing a modern employee benefits package. Participation is critical—without it, companies cannot offer the kind of benefit savings that they are expected to. Add this to the state of the “talent crisis” as it stands with the current job market, and your HR team has quite a tall order. There are many skill shortages in today’s labor market, which makes it easier for employees to jump from job to job in search of better compensation and benefits.

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Topics: employee benefits, HR Elements, benefits administration, 2020

DOL Releases Final Overtime Rule, Effective January 1, 2020

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 24, 2019 10:08:34 AM

For many employers, overtime is a tricky issue. Should you offer it to all employees? Only hourly employees? How much time should they work before they are eligible? Effective January 1, 2020, this will be decided for any employers struggling to classify overtime status. Last September, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This final rule will reclassify employees across dozens of industries, though it will have the most impact on those falling below the newly designated salary threshold.

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Topics: DOL, FLSA, overtime, HR Elements

How to Train and Develop Your Employees — the Right Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 10, 2019 11:44:59 AM

In today’s corporate landscape, training and development, or learning and development (L&D), plays an integral role in the way employees are scouted, retained, and promoted.

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Topics: HR Elements, Learning and Development, Programs, Employee Training, Career Development

Balancing Food and Fitness this Holiday Season

Posted by: Bill Olson    Dec 3, 2019 8:22:00 AM

With our busy lives and schedules, it can be difficult to find the right balance between food and fitness. The holidays compound the challenge even more. Between work and personal life, deadlines and sleep, indulgence and healthful eating, somewhere there is surely a balance! We’re here to show you how to do it.

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Topics: wellness, healthy eating, Holiday Wellness, Stay Fit the Holidays

A Recession in 2020? Here’s What the Experts Say, and How You Can Prep for It

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 26, 2019 11:11:45 AM

With the upcoming decade bringing new benefit opportunities, open enrollment, and brand new positions, the future looks bright for businesses of every size and sector. But as the world looks to 2020 and beyond, some finance experts say the next decade won’t be all smooth sailing.

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Topics: HR Elements, Labor Recession, Outsourcing, 2020

It’s Time to Give Your Performance Review … a Performance Review

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 19, 2019 9:17:00 AM

If you’ve felt the itch to reimagine your company’s performance review structure, your head is probably in the right place.

According to a recent Deloitte survey, 58 percent of executives believe that their current performance management processes neither drive employee engagement nor high performance. If engagement and performance are low, it’s time to start addressing how you’re conducting performance reviews.

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Topics: HR Elements, Performance Reviews, Performance Management, 360 Review

How to Handle Pay-History Inquiries —The Right Way

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 12, 2019 8:42:00 AM

We’ve all been there. You’ve gotten deep into the job interview process, and then you’re face-to-face with the awkward question: would you share your previous salary? 

Whether the question rears its head in a digital application or during initial in-persons, none of us like answering it. Many people, especially young people, are less committed to their employers and seek new jobs every few years in order to rapidly spike their salaries, yet having to confront the pay question is never comfortable.

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Topics: HR Elements, pay gap, Pay Scale, Pay History