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Benefits

Benefits Administration: A Guide for HR Leaders

Benefits Administration: A Guide for HR Leaders

Why Employee Benefits Matter Believe it or not, your benefits package can have a serious impact on your ability to recruit, engage and retain talent. Hard to believe? It shouldn’t be. SHRM reports more than 50% of U.S. job candidates say benefits are among their top considerations before accepting a job. That’s why selecting the right benefits package is one of the most important things you’ll do for your employees over the life of your business. Choose the right benefits and your employees might never want to leave. Offer the wrong ones… you might as well install a revolving door. Businesses that get benefits right reap big rewards. Whether you’re aiming to boost your employees’ overall performance or you’re looking to improve...

How to Build Irresistible Benefits Packages for Employees

How to Build Irresistible Benefits Packages for Employees

Employee Benefits Packages: Foundational to Workplace Satisfaction While a competitive salary is an essential part of attracting top talent, in today’s hot hiring market, the employee benefits package is just as important.More than ever before, employees are being offered robust and interesting job benefits as organizations strive to keep pace with the shifting culture of work today. Historically, offering health insurance and a 401k were the expected aspects of a benefits package. Today, employees are being offered benefits packages that include generous vacation policies and flexible working arrangements.In this article, we’ll share the most important aspects of an employee benefits package. You’ll learn what to offer in order to fully...

HR

Are Domestic Partner Benefits Mandatory?

Are Domestic Partner Benefits Mandatory?

A Brief History: Only What You Need to Know The roots of domestic partner benefits stretch way back to 1982, when the City of San Francisco enacted legislation to offer health insurance coverage to the same or opposite sex partners of its unmarried employees. “Domestic partner” soon became the official legal term used by insurers and private and public employers.Also, in 1982, New York City newspaper The Village Voice became the first private employer to offer domestic partner health care benefits. Many other companies and municipalities followed suit. Fast forward to more than 30 years later when, in 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that domestic partner benefits apply to both same-sex and unmarried opposite-sex couples....

People Management

Mental Health in the Workplace: 5 Ways Employers Can Make a Difference

Mental Health in the Workplace: 5 Ways Employers Can Make a Difference

The effect of mental health on workers—and the workplace—is staggering. Just consider the statistics: 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness each year (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Up to 80% will manage a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime (National Institutes of Health) In fact, 60% of American workers experienced at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the past year (Mind Share Partners) However, only 43.3% of US adults with mental illness actually receive treatment (National Alliance on Mental Illness) The results are stark: 200 million work days are lost per year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), while the World Health Organization estimate the cost to the global economy at...

How and Why to Create an Employee Grievance Policy

How and Why to Create an Employee Grievance Policy

Regardless of size or industry, every company will eventually have its share of disputes and disagreements among its employees. These conflicts tend to lead to problems for your business – from unmotivated workers all the way to negative publicity or even employee lawsuits.The Role of Human Resources HR should work closely with management to ensure a formal grievance procedure and policy is in place. Having a formal process gives your employees a practical, efficient way to express their concerns. This enables you to get in front of any problems quickly, so they don’t turn into a bigger issue for your company. Keep in mind, when you address grievances, employees feel respected which is important for engaging and retaining your...

3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: Recruit, Retain, Engage

3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: Recruit, Retain, Engage

Learning is a win/win for employers and employees. Learning-driven organizations tend to be more efficient, create more customer value and market leadership, and report higher customer satisfaction. Employees of all ages, especially Millennials, see re-skilling and upskilling as critically important, and often it’s the deciding factor in their decisions to take a new job or stay at their current company.In Paycor’s Guide, “3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture,” you’ll learn how to invest in and build a learning culture. You’ll also learn the “why behind the what,” and see firsthand how your company’s learning impacts your ability to recruit, retain and engage talented people.Download Paycor’s Guide for actionable tips and insights...

Compliance

401(k) Match Limits: What Payroll Administrators  Need to Know

401(k) Match Limits: What Payroll Administrators Need to Know

It’s a relatively small change, but it’s a change for payroll administrators to take notice of. As of November 2019, your employees’ contribution limits for their 401(k) increased to $19,500 from $19,000. The increase raises the total annual contribution amount (employee plus employer contribution) to $57,000 or 100% of the employee’s salary if they make less than that. Most companies typically offer 3-6% in matching funds, but there is no limit to the amount an employer can contribute as long as the annual cap isn’t reached. 2020 & 2019 401(k) Match Limits Defined Contribution Plan Limits 2020 2019 Difference Maximum employee contribution $19,500 $19,000 +$500 Catch-up contribution for employees aged 50 or older $6,500 $6,000 +$500...

Case Study: Pawtucket Red Sox

Case Study: Pawtucket Red Sox

The Pawtucket Red Sox Save 80+ Hours a Year with Paycor Solutions “Paycor’s solutions are truly influenced by the professionals who use them. I personally made a suggestion for a product enhancement and it was implemented within months. That tells me Paycor is focused on providing a useful tool and quality experience for users and not just making another sale.” - Matt Levin, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial & Technology Officer Why the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club Chose Paycor The Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawsox) are more than a professional minor league baseball club. They’re an organization that’s dedicated to positively impacting their local community. But since their HR & payroll technology was more of a burden than a...

4 Common Payroll Mistakes and How to Fix Them

4 Common Payroll Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Overtime Pay, Pay Equity, Workers’ Comp, Payroll Taxes Topics Covered Missclassifying Employees Pay Equity Workers' Comp Payroll Taxes Dump Your Payroll Provider Payroll Compliance: More Complex Than You Think From FLSA, EPA, Workers Comp and more, there are lots of federal laws to keep track of, and state and local taxes only add complexity. That’s why HR and business leaders need to have processes in place to consistently apply pay policies, accurately calculate overtime and streamline leave policies. If you don’t and your company is audited or sued, you won’t have the proper controls in place to quickly provide accurate records and audit trails. Here are four common Payroll mistakes you might be making: Misclassifying Freelancers and...

Employee Experience

How to Recruit, Coach and Develop Teams

How to Recruit, Coach and Develop Teams

Employee engagement is a constant challenge. According to Gallup, only a third of workers say they feel motivated to add value and succeed on the job. Why is that? One reason might surprise you.Paycor surveyed more than 1,000 HR and finance leaders and found that while nearly everyone agrees teamwork is important, only a third say their company promotes effective teamwork. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that ineffective teams reduce employee morale and engagement. So, what to do?Hire the right people, not the “best” people.Research shows that putting together a group of type-A high performers generates a degree of competitiveness to a point that can be counterproductive. Instead, focus on creating a team of mixed personalities...

Mobile Payroll App Pros and Cons

Mobile Payroll App Pros and Cons

Mobile applications, also called mobile apps or just apps, are computer programs that are designed to run on mobile devices such as iPhones, Android devices, tablets or smart watches. Apps are typically downloaded from distribution platforms such as Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store for Android devices. They were originally pretty basic tools mainly created to assist with productivity such as email and calendar apps, but the functionality became highly popular. Now literally millions of apps are available, including apps for mobile payroll.The first basic payroll self-service app came out in 2010. Over the past decade, and with advances in technology, employees can now access far more than just their pay stubs with a tap of the...

How to Create the Ideal Employee Experience

How to Create the Ideal Employee Experience

All companies covet an engaged, motivated workforce. When your people are engaged, they don’t behave like an average employee. They’re more like committed volunteers devoted to a mission, always seeking new opportunities to boost morale and make a difference. It’s no surprise then that, according to DecisionWise, in 2017, 73% of executives said employee engagement was a top concern. Yet Gallup’s annual survey of engagement continually finds that only 1/3 of employees are engaged at work. Most (51%) are not engaged and, even worse, 16% are actively disengaged. With so many companies focused on engagement, why don’t we see better results?A primary reason is that not all companies focus on the employee experience. Everything from onboarding...

Labor Costs

Webinar: Goodbye Reports. Hello Insights. Meet Paycor Analytics

Webinar: Goodbye Reports. Hello Insights. Meet Paycor Analytics

At Paycor, our goal is to empower HR Leaders with the latest technology advances, so they can focus on what really matters, their people. With Paycor Analytics, say goodbye to messy spreadsheets, time consuming data analysis or making assumptions without the data to back it up. Give us 30 minutes of your time and we’ll show how Paycor Analytics will change the way you answer important questions about your workforce.Speaker: Kelly Silverman and Kyle Baker

Leap Year Payroll: How to Handle 27 Pay Periods

Leap Year Payroll: How to Handle 27 Pay Periods

If you pay employees bi-weekly, you normally have 26 pay periods a year. But 2020 brings you an extra one—thanks, leap year. True, an extra pay period isn’t exclusive to leap years, sometimes it just depends on which day of the week you pay your employees. But regardless of when it occurs, it can cause headaches for HR and payroll administrators who aren’t prepared.There are a few ways to approach a 27-pay-period year, but the most important thing is to communicate your plan to your workforce. Make sure they understand what to expect so there aren’t any surprises surrounding their paychecks. How to Pay Employees During a Year with 27 Pay Periods Option 1: Everyone gets an extra paycheck. Woo-hoo! The extra paycheck would be for the same...

The Future of HR

The Future of HR

Paycor asked 500+ CEOS, CFOs and HR executives about their human resources challenges, the impact of artificial intelligence and big data and their priorities over the next few years. We compiled the results and are sharing the findings and key takeaways in our report, The Future of HR. Here’s a sneak peek. 45% of Human Resources Professionals Are Concerned About Recruiting & Retention With unemployment at an all-time low, companies are being forced to up their recruiting game or risk missing out on top talent. But it’s not just about attracting employees. The average worker will change jobs at least 12 times throughout their career, which puts pressure on HR to engage, train and develop talent so they’ll never want to leave. This is...

Recruiting

FAQ: How to Hire People with Disabilities

FAQ: How to Hire People with Disabilities

Only 19.1% of disabled Americans are employed compared with 65.9% of the general population, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Qualified job seekers with disabilities may be held back by companies’ fear of expensive accommodations or compliance regulations.If you’re interested in hiring people with disabilities, look no further. We’ve answered FAQs to help you remain compliant. Q: How does the federal government define "disability"? A: The concept of “disability” is defined by context. For employers, a person with a disability is someone who: has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities," has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment....

Interview Scorecards And Scheduling Tools

Interview Scorecards And Scheduling Tools

Interview Guides and Scorecards Paycor Recruiting’s Interview Guides and Scorecards improve new hire quality by allowing you to better prepare your team for interviews while also automating how you collect their feedback along the way. Interview scorecards help your team evaluate talent and predict the best hires in a variety of ways. Paycor Recruiting’s tools allow you to take a more strategic approach to hiring. Recruiters can better prepare their team for interviews and automatically gather hiring manager feedback. HR Directors can promote consistency in the hiring process and drive data-based hiring decisions. Executives can mitigate the risks of a bad hire and reduce turnover. Recruiters Improve interview skills Accelerate decision...

Maintaining Recruiting Compliance

Maintaining Recruiting Compliance

Between the Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and the rest of the alphabet soup of government agencies, employers definitely have their hands full when it comes to maintaining compliance over hiring decisions. This situation is especially true for small and medium-sized employers, who can already be stretched thin when it comes to their resources in general. HR teams at these companies are usually small – sometimes only one person. And they’re in charge of every aspect of the company’s people management. It’s easy to see how the added burden of managing recruiting compliance – much less keeping track of and understanding it all – can...