Think HR’s Employee Handbook Builder

Employee Handbooks. Each employer group should have one. The question is, if so, how current is it? With ThinkHR’s 50-State Handbook Builder, building handbooks and keeping them updated becomes a simple process. Use the Handbook Builder to: Minimize your clients’ risk of employment liability with clear, regulatory-compliant policies. Help clients ease the burden of compliance with pre-developed content, step-by-step instructions, expert commentary and online support. Reinforce your value as a partner and provider of essential HR resources. Differentiate your agency and deliver cost savings to your clients with a robust handbook builder at no additional cost. Employee Handbook Builder Features: Compiled in collaboration with one of the country’s leading employment… Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Texas Court Issues Injunction Blocking New December 1st Overtime Regulations

  On November 22, 2016, a federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its recently revised regulations on the white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The regulations, which were released in May and scheduled to go into effect on December 1, would more than double the minimum salary requirement certain executive, administrative, and professional employees must receive in order to be exempt from overtime. Click here to read the rest

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Total Benefits & Healthiest You

Healthiest You is more than a typical Teledoc benefit. Whenever members have questions or they are simply not feeling well, they can effortlessly connect to a 24×7 telehealth hotline for the diagnosis and treatment of illness, second opinions and consultations. They have board-certified, licensed physicians in every state waiting to provide exceptional care. They can even prescribe medication and save a trip to the doctor’s office, whether members are at home or on the road. Want more information? Click here to see the site.  

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Now Available from Total Benefit Solutions: Low Cost ERISA Wrap SPD Documents

Wrap Summary Plan Description (SPD) If you offer group health insurance you’re now required by ERISA law, enforced by the Department of Labor and now the Affordable Care Act, to distribute a Wrap SPD within 120 days of the Plan’s effective date. The ERISA and ACA required Group Health Insurance Wrap SPD document is now available for a $99 one-time fee. You only update your Wrap SPD document as your benefit options change. The low cost Wrap SPD document is limited to fully insured group health insurance plans only.     Here are the Wrap SPD document requirements by ERISA and the Affordable Care Act as succinctly as possible: If… Read More

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Mental Health Parity Triggers

  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) requires a group health plan that offers mental health and substance use disorder benefits to be at parity with medical and surgical benefits. As such, financial requirements and treatment limitations for mental health and/or substance use disorder benefits cannot be more restrictive than the medical and/or surgical benefits offered. Click the link below to read the entire bulletin.   Click to read Mental Health Parity Non-Compliance Triggers

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Now Available: Health Advocate Member Advocacy

Total Benefit Solutions clients can now take advantage of enrolling on Health Advocate as a group or as an individual/ family! It’s part of our Benefit Aid packages and it’s so easy you can enroll today by clicking here or ask your Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-2121 for more information. This video will tell you all about the benefits of Health Advocate!  

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Key Facts You Need to Know About: Cost-Sharing Reductions

A recent analysis shows that more than 2 million marketplace enrollees who are eligible for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) are foregoing this extra level of financial assistance by enrolling in plans that do not qualify. Consumers can receive CSRs only if they enroll in a silver level plan through their marketplace. Many of those who chose not to receive CSRs are likely enrolling in bronze plans with lower premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs. It’s important to communicate the benefits and trade-offs of receiving CSRs to the consumers you are assisting, especially those with significant health care needs. To learn more about cost-sharing reductions, check out this helpful resource from the Center on Budget… Read More

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Upcoming client webinar: Top Five Reasons to Have (and Use) an Employee Handbook

Upcoming Webinars: Top Five Reasons to Have (and Use) an Employee Handbook Thursday, July 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Pacific Join Laura Kerekes, ThinkHR’s Chief Knowledge Officer, and John Dickinson, partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, to discover five compelling reasons you should have (and use) an employee handbook. Approved for 1 HRCI credit and 1 SHRM PDC.   Click the link to register for the webinar. Please note the time is Pacific time.

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OSHA Publishes Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

Federal Law Alerts – June 2015 On June 1, 2015, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers. The publication includes adescription of best practices and makes employers aware of federal, state, and local laws that reaffirm the core principle of providing employees with access to restroom facilities based on gender identification. Read A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers

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Philadelphia Mandatory Sick Pay Leave Updates & Poster

    Source: HR360 Effective May 13, 2015, most employers will be required to provide up to 40 hours of paid or unpaid sick time per calendar year to eligible employees (generally individuals who perform work within Philadelphia for at least 40 hours in a year), as follows: Employers with 10 or more employees must provide paid sick time. Note: All persons performing work for compensation on a full-time, part-time, or temporary basis must be counted. Chain establishments (an establishment doing business under the same trade name used by 15 or more establishments—whether such other establishments are located in Philadelphia or elsewhere—and regardless of the type of ownership of each… Read More

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FMLA Proposed Rules To Recognize Same Sex Regardless of Residency

FMLA Proposed Rules To Recognize Same Sex Regardless of Residency  The DOL is proposing to amend the regulatory definition of  “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) so that “spouse” for purposes of FMLA rights would include a same-sex spouse, regardless of where the employee  and spouse live. This means the “place of celebration” will determine whether an individual is a spouse under FMLA, rather than the current rule which uses the “state of residence,” which recognizes a spouse under the law of the  state in which the couple resides. Click the link to download the bulletin: 070714-P-ERC-FMLA_Proposed_Rules (1) Please contact you Total Benefit Solutions account manager at (215)355-2121 if… Read More

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What is HR360?

What is HR360? HR360 is the premier online human resources library that features the most current federal and state laws for health care reform, COBRA, FMLA, and hiring and terminating employees. Clients of Total Benefit Solutions have HR360 as a complimentary resource. Watch this short video below and ask us today for your free trial membership, or how your organization can benefit from using Total Benefit Solutions Inc., and HR360. Call us for more information at 1(800)924-6718.

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HR360: Job Description Builder

HR360: Job Description Builder A well-developed job description will help you review employee performance, and hire the best candidates. Our online Job Description Builder is so simple to use. With our efficient tool, you can transform a blank page into a professionally-developed job description in minutes. Just follow these simple steps: Choose from our comprehensive library of job descriptions Check off tasks and activities as well as skills associated with the job Select from the list of physical demands or the job/ work environment or add your own. Print out a complete job description in Word or in an Excel Spreadsheet—it’s that easy!   HR360 is a web based subscription service… Read More

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