Despite the Affordable Care Act – and in some ways because of it – offering a traditional group health plan has become prohibitively expensive for many smaller employers. Between 2006 and 2016, average total per-employee premiums have risen by 58 percent, from $11,480 per year to $18,142. Workers are feeling the pinch: Their average contribution […]

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Health insurance giant Aetna is the latest major employer to join the growing list of companies to offer student loan repayment assistance as an employee benefit. Beginning in 2017, the company’s 50,000 full-time workers will be eligible for matching student loan payments of up to $2,000 per year, up to a cap of $10,000 per […]

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How to Ask for a Raise

March 24, 2016

  Asking for a raise can be hard. But it’s important, as a disconnect in how an employee is being compensated and how they feel they should be compensated can lead to disengagement, frustration and low employee morale. When to ask Did you know that the best time to ask for a raise is actually when you […]

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The day-to-day tasks required of HR managers in any company can make seeing the “big picture” challenging. If you’re getting stuck in the nitty gritty at work, here is a quick reminder of some HR best practices. Make sure you are doing (or not doing) these things and you and your employees will be positioned well […]

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Spring is in the air. The swallows have returned to Capistrano. The daffodils are singing, the birds are blooming. And soon Americans will be turning our attention to our national springtime obsession: College basketball. And that can be a problem in the workplace: Employers and supervisors have to keep up workplace morale and positive employee […]

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  Good news for time-pressed employers struggling to comply with the complex ACA deadlines, reports and implementation requirements: The Internal Revenue Service recently granted employers an extension of the deadline to file a variety of reports required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA Deadlines Extended The new ACA deadlines grant applicable large employers (ALEs), […]

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In an ideal world, employer-sponsored student loan assistance and repayment programs would be as commonplace as health insurance and the 401(k). After all, it’s tough for younger workers to maximize their 401(k) contributions when they’re still trying to pay down an average post-college student loan debt of more than $33,000. As a result, while older […]

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