United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Bill Olson

Senior VP, Operations at United Benefit Advisors

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Using the Power of Predictive Analytics

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 25, 2020 10:35:31 AM

How does your HR department make key decisions? Your personal experience? Cold, hard data? An educated guess? Gut feeling? All of the above? 

Making major HR decisions is difficult. There are countless dependencies and variables, especially when you’re unsure what the future holds. That’s why more and more companies are turning to predictive analytics to predict outcomes for their business and plan accordingly.

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Topics: employee engagement, recruitment, HR Elements, Workforce Analytics

Battle Tips to Win the War for Talent

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 13, 2020 7:45:00 AM

In the late 2000s, major headlines concerning the economy and jobs were usually related to unemployment. Qualified people might struggle to get an interview or retain a position in a volatile job market. This was especially true for millennials graduating college at the height of the most recent financial recession in 2008. But unemployment is at a historic low here in the new decade, so it’s no longer the employee struggling to find a good fit—it’s the employer.

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Topics: workplace culture, employee benefit plans, HR Elements, attracting talent

Beat the Winter Blues with These Helpful Tips

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 11, 2020 3:45:00 PM

With February’s arrival, we find ourselves in the midst of the winter doldrums: the holidays are far in the rearview mirror, the once-exciting sight of falling snow has lost its charm, and it feels like it's been ages since we’ve felt the sun.

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Topics: wellness, exercise, healthy eating, health, outdoors

The Potential of Pay Transparency

Posted by: Bill Olson    Feb 4, 2020 10:40:10 AM

In the not-too-distant past, an individual’s salary was a topic to be avoided. Bringing it up in the break room or at a dinner party was a major faux pas, almost taboo. But today, many HR departments are implementing more pay transparency into their policies—some even going as far as posting every employee’s salary. 

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Topics: HR Elements, Pay Scale, Pay Transparency, Retention

Aligning with the C-Suite Agenda

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 28, 2020 7:30:00 AM

If your CEO’s Gmail calendar looks more like a colorful bar graph than a few simple meetings, it can be difficult to capture and retain their attention. Your “C-suite” (CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, CMOs, CFOs, etc.) have a lot of responsibility placed on their shoulders and are likely involved in many key decisions throughout the day. They are often pulled in many directions as managers and directors try to get buy-in for their next program or initiative. In such a fast-paced environment where each minute matters, how can you be efficient and get the latest and greatest programs off the ground? 

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Topics: C-Suite, HR Elements, Organizational Psychology

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