United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

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

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

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

It’s Time to Stop Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 31, 2019 8:27:00 AM

The kids are more than all right: they’re the stars of the show.

It seems like developing market research in every business sector is all about millennials and Gen Z. How do we capture and retain their interest? How do we market and remarket to them? What are they interested in to begin with? What do they find attractive in a brand or company?

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Topics: HR Elements, Generational Differences, Generation Z, Generational Diversity, Ageism

4 Steps to a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 24, 2019 9:16:00 AM

If your team is waving goodbye to doggy day-care and the days of leaving furry friends at home, congratulations! The trend of bringing dogs to work started soon after what is widely considered the most influential research on dog-friendly offices, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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Topics: pets at work, HR Elements, pets, Dog-Friendly Offices

How to Take your 2020 Benefit Change Rollout to the Next Level

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM

With open enrollment right around the corner, employers are faced with the annual question: how are we going to get employees engaged, while helping them make the smartest benefit decisions for their individual situations?

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Topics: employee benefits, Open Enrollment, benefits enrollment, HR Elements