HSA Limit for Family Coverage Reduced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced changes to certain tax limits for 2018, including a reduced contribution limit for health savings accounts (HSAs) on March 5, 2018.

Total Compensation Statements

Certainly most employees realize that their employment comes at an additional cost to their employer beyond their direct pay (base pay and/or incentive pay). However, they may not realize that employers are providing them with thousands of dollars in additional benefits, both mandated and voluntary.

Quiz Corner: Leave of Absence for Deployment

Must an Employer Grant a Leave of Absence for Deployment? Q: One of my employees is a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She notified me that she has been asked by NDMS to deploy for hurricane victim medical assistance duty. I am short employees and need her to … Continued

Keep an Eye an this New Employment Law

The Implications of NYSPFL The HR world is humming with the implications of New York State’s new Paid Family Leave law. New York State is one of our most populated states. If trends are any indication, this new law will likely more fully develop in other parts of the country soon. So you may see a … Continued

NYS Paid Family Leave: An Employers Checklist

NYS Paid Family Leave:  An Employers Checklist Starting January 1, 2018, nearly all private employees in New York State will be eligible for Paid Family Leave.  Here is what you need to do now. Make sure your PFL coverage is intact. Generally, PFL insurance is added to the disability insurance policy an employer already carries. … Continued

Do you need a written PTO policy?

The Importance of Having a Written PTO Policy Employment law does not mandate the allowance of paid time off (PTO) to employees for events such as vacations, personal time, and sick days.  It is, however, a best practice of  Employers of Choice. Employers have flexibility regarding the amount of time off, if any, they will offer to … Continued

Quiz Corner: Which interview question is a “no-no”?

Which interview question has the potential to be discriminatory under federal law? A.  Why did you leave your last job? B.  This job requires you to lift 10-pounds. Are you able to lift at least 10-pounds with or without reasonable accommodations? C.  Are you a U.S. Citizen? D.  Who is the best manager you ever … Continued

Background Checks for New Hires

What You Should Know About Background Checks Today, employers are conducting more and more background checks on new candidates in hopes of making a great hire. It is a best practice to conduct a job related background check after an offer of employment is given. A comprehensive background check may consist of prior employment verification, … Continued

The Strategic Component of Human Resources: Part II of III

Strategic HR and The PEOple Cycle: Part II of III Whitney Bower, Lauren Kersten, and Liz Warren At Employer Services Corporation we believe the true value of HR consulting is the strategic component. Strategic HR leads to results in increased productivity, culture changes that impact engagement, and the potential to become an employer of choice (EOC). … Continued

The Strategic Component of Human Resources

Strategic HR and The PEOple Cycle: Part I of 3 Whitney Bower, Lauren Kersten, and Liz Warren Published in PEO Insider When people think of human resources, they often think of payroll, benefits, rules and regulations, and the everyday compliance items that must be handled. At Employer Services Corporation, we handle these items, but we … Continued