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7 Tips to Avoid the HR Danger Zone – May 2018

In this webinar we covered some of the key areas to help us successfully meet the challenge of managing today's employees. This workshop was sponsored by Fringe Benefit Plans with our guest presenter Mr. Sandy Seay from Seay Management Consultants. Items covered include:
1. Conducting background checks - "Best Practices" and the EEOC regulations.
2. Exempt or Non-exempt? - The age old question is still right in the middle of our compensation issues. DOL's just implemented a new Pilot Program: PAID
3. The Digital Revolution - What to tell employees about Facebook and how to handle the thorny issue of "smart phones" at work.
4. Protected Concerted Activity - That's a strange phrase that carries important connotations for employers and employees.
5. How do employees leave us? - Resignation, dismissal, layoff, no-call/no-show, constructive discharge, failure to return from leave, et. al.
6. Background checks - Which ones do we conduct, why do we need them, and how to go about getting good information.
7. Handbook Policies that should always be included.

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How to Maintain the Workplace Honeymoon Phase

We spoke with three Fringe Benefit Plans, Inc. strategic partners to get some critical insight on the current state of events and here's what they shared. The recent dip in unemployment statistics is influencing employers to focus their attention on the recruiting and retention strategies for their organizations. A recent survey found that the number one issue that keeps CEO’s up at night are personnel challenges. The value of human capital extends well beyond the core competency of your enterprise. Human beings are complex and the strategy you implement to select, engage, train, develop and manage them is now more important than ever before. To that point, talent management has become an integral component for Human Resources professionals.

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The Impact of Economic Development on Human Resources

It is very exciting to drive though Florida and watch the new residential and commercial construction projects being built. It is equally as exciting to watch the unemployment statistics illustrating a strengthening economy. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Florida in April 2017 is 4.5%.

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Hurricane Irma Update

We hope that you are safe and secure after Hurricane Irma. We realize that businesses may be impacted by the storm and want to connect you to resources to aid in recovery. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey to help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. The survey can be found at www.flvbeoc.org.

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What are you doing to proactively insure and nurture employee retention?

We are seeing a definitive trend with organizations facing strong competition for good human capital. In a recent SHRM publication, “according to the CareerBuilder results, certain industries are expected to match or exceed the national average for adding full-time head count in the second half of the year”. Understanding the simple economics of supply and demand, it is important to maintain a focus on recruiting candidates that complement the corporate culture and exude the characteristics required to succeed in their defined role within the organization.

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Find out if You Qualify for a Health Insurance Coverage Exemption

The Affordable Care Act calls for individuals to have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, have an exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.

You may be exempt from the requirement to maintain qualifying health insurance coverage, called minimum essential coverage, and may not have to make a shared responsibility payment when you file your next federal income tax return.

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Questions and Answers on the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision

1. What is the individual shared responsibility provision?

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers and individuals are given shared responsibility to reform and improve the availability, quality and affordability of health insurance coverage in the United States. Starting in 2014, the individual shared responsibility provision calls for each individual to have minimum essential health coverage (known as minimum essential coverage) for each month, qualify for an exemption, or make a payment when filing his or her federal income tax return.

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Find Out if Your Health Insurance Coverage is Considered Minimum Essential Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act calls for individuals to have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, have an exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment when filing their federal income tax return next year.

Qualifying health insurance coverage, called minimum essential coverage, includes coverage under various, but not all, types of health care coverage plans. The majority of coverage that people have today counts as minimum essential coverage.

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