Ordinance 31181 – Dallas Businesses Must Provide Employees Paid Sick Pay

The city of Dallas has passed ordinance 31181 on April 24th, 2019 to improve the health, safety, and welfare of employees who work and reside in the city of Dallas. This additional ordinance focuses on “Earned Paid Sick Time” which requires local employers to establish and implement a written paid sick time policy within their employee handbooks.  This added requirement allows employees to take leave for work to take care of themselves or a “close family member”. Furthermore, employees have more flexibility…

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Payroll Outsourcing Costs Businesses Money: 9 Risk Factors to Consider

  I have heard the phrase “price is not everything” many times in my life. I've been told that being cheap often sometimes will “get you what you paid for.” The most profound piece of advice that I received about spending money came from an old man in passing. I was debating if I should save a few dollars and buy some fast food from a drive-through dollar menu or visit a small-town gourmet burger restaurant. The man said to me, “If…

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Save On Employee Health Insurance Costs by Self Insuring

Self Funded Health Insurance Plans Reduce Company Costs We are often led to believe that risk is bad and nothing good can come of it. It's commonly associated with being a victim of identity theft, loss of property, or losing your invested investment portfolio overnight. This kind of thinking ultimately results in thousands of dollars a month to hundreds of thousands of dollars being wasted annually. These companies that I am referencing in this post are all relatively small businesses ranging from…

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11 Reasons Why Businesses Change Payroll Services

What are the factors that cause business owners to change payroll providers? Talking with small business owners about what they like about one payroll company over another varies greatly depending on their individual philosophy, experience and core values. Allow me to list just list a few reasons that cause organizations to switch their payroll software and talk about payroll business solutions business owners value. Let's look at a few key factors that a big deal to everyone: Quality Payroll Price -   Paying…

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5 Strategies for Reducing Health Benefits Costs in 2021

Health insurance costs are almost certainly going to rise in 2021. They’ve been trending upward for years—over 50% in the last decade, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation—and the current state of economic uncertainty over COVID-19 won’t slow things down. Realistically, after enduring months of business closures and managing exhausted workforces, many employers will be lucky to maintain uninterrupted operations. That’s why it’s critical for employers to think about reducing health costs right now—figure out cost-effective benefits first so money can be…

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Everything You Need To Know About Disability Insurance

Disability insurance has become an increasingly valuable part of a comprehensive employee benefits package. Not only does disability insurance fill the gaps in financial protection offered by other programs like Social Security, but it is also a highly sought-after component of a competitive benefits package for employers who need to attract and retain talented employees. And while employees appreciate the peace of mind they receive as their income replacement benefits are being paid, employers can use the resources offered by insurers to…

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Protect Your Employees: A Guide to Small Business Health Insurance

Managing insurance needs can be difficult for small businesses. Small business health insurance is important for both employers and their employees. There are a lot of options available. Choosing the right plan is important for the health of your business and your employees. Consider this post your guide to all things related to insurance for small businesses. We're going to cover the most popular kinds of insurance plans, why small businesses should consider offering insurance, and a few tips on how to find…

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Annual Open Enrollment Checklist

  Open enrollment can be an extremely positive and rewarding experience for you and your employees. Consider the following suggestions to help you prepare for a successful open enrollment period this year. Pre-enrollment Period Plan ahead: Be ready to answer employee questions regarding health care reform legislation. Understand how the legislation affects your benefits offerings and be prepared to share this knowledge with employees. Make a list of anything new and exciting that will enhance your open enrollment processes. Plan to communicate…

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Responding To An Employee’s Positive Coronavirus Test

As the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases dramatically increase on a daily, employers across the country are dealing with the problematic situation of responding to an employee’s positive COVID-19 test. Employers are responsible for handling the situation swiftly to protect the health of other employees while preserving the affected employee’s confidentiality. In addition to notifying the company and its customers, employers must also disinfect the office and evaluate next steps. If you’re in this situation, you may be wondering what…

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