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Managing employee benefits: How to combat rising pharmacy costs

February 13 , 2020

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Prescription drug costs have become a key issue for both workers and their employers. According to the CDC, 60 percent of U.S. adults between the ages of 18 and 64 were prescribed medication during the previous 12 months. This means that the majority of your workers are likely taking at least one prescription, possibly more, during the average year.

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What employers should know about the new form W-4

January 23 , 2020

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“This tax form is too simple and logical,” said no employer ever.

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Top avoidable leave of absence mistakes

November 07 , 2019

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives covered employees the right to take time off for qualified family and medical reasons. Employers who do not understand the intricacies of this law may land themselves in hot water.

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How to hire for diversity while avoiding reverse discrimination claims

October 09 , 2019

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Businesses around the country are striving to employ a diverse workforce. While this is a worthy goal, pursuing it in the wrong way could lead to problems. Specifically, if a company isn’t careful, pushing for diversity could result in claims of reverse discrimination.

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How employers can leverage data for positive impact

September 19 , 2019

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You can’t run a healthy business without a healthy workforce. However, maintaining a roster of healthy employees is a constant challenge, especially when you consider that about half of all adults have one or more chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease.

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Financial wellness: should you offer student loan assistance benefits?

August 22 , 2019

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Many of your workers have student loan debt. It may be causing significant stress. It may even be distracting them from work. To help with this growing problem, more employers are offering student loan assistance benefits. Here’s what you need to know before you launch your own program.

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Increase efficiency and control liability with HR technology

July 03 , 2019

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When you work in human resources, you’ve got to be good at juggling. There’s new talent to recruit, benefits to manage and conflicts to resolve. You’re onboarding and offboarding and even crossboarding. And then there are all the rules and regulations. If anything goes wrong, you could be facing a lawsuit. An extra hand or two sure could help. Good HR technology would be even better.

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Why telehealth services continue to gain popularity

May 15 , 2019

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Few things have had as much impact on the health care landscape in recent decades as technology. Telemedicine is the perfect example. While telehealth isn’t a new concept, technology has taken us from the “dark ages” of doctors making house calls to futuristic wearable devices such as the Apple Watch that can sense abnormalities and call a doctor for you.

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Seven paid leave compliance tips for multi-location businesses

April 25 , 2019

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Like any business owner, you want to take care of your employees and offer the most generous benefits you possibly can. But if you operate a business with multiple locations in multiple states, you know what a compliance nightmare it can be dealing with inconsistent paid leave laws.

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When it's time to engage an HR consultant

March 28 , 2019

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What do these three situations have in common?

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