Archive for Human Resources’ Category

Ask the Experts: Overtime and Paid Time Off | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors
Jul

17

2019

Ask the Experts: Overtime and Paid Time Off | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors

Question: Should we include holidays, PTO, vacation, or other leave taken during the workweek in calculating overtime premium pay under FLSA rules? Answer: No. Because holiday, PTO, and vacation hours are not actually hours worked they do not count towards overtime pay. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer who requires or permits an employee to work overtime is generally required to pay…

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Gig Economy 101 | Houston Employee Benefits Team
Jul

2

2019

Gig Economy 101 | Houston Employee Benefits Team

By now you’ve heard of the term “gig economy” but you may not know what it means. Is it describing the economy of musicians as they work gigs? Does it mean something about computers and the measurement of space allotted for their programs? Does it have something to do with fishing? Well, not exactly. But, have no fear! We will break this term down into…

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Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors
Jun

26

2019

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans | Texas Benefits Advisors

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)? Answer: The coverage continuation requirements of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) pertain to…

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Connecting Agility, Culture and Change Management | Texas Benefits Agency
Jun

20

2019

Connecting Agility, Culture and Change Management | Texas Benefits Agency

Every company wants to lead their industry, and doing so means remaining competitive. With the rate of speed the world experiences change in this age that is a very difficult proposition. For an HR professional, it is increasingly more difficult to stay ahead of the curve. So, what are the critical pieces to the strategy? • Agility • Change Management • Culture Knowing that, how…

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Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | Houston Benefits Team
May

16

2019

Is it Time for Unlimited Time off? | Houston Benefits Team

While more and more perks — catered lunches, on-site gyms, immunizations programs — are about employee health, wellness, and happiness, they ultimately are also designed to keep workers at work. A recent article in Quartz at Work points out that more than anything, employees want more time off and out of the office. Unlimited time off, to be exact. Once the perk of tech firms and startups,…

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Apr

29

2019

Hot Trends in HR | Houston Benefits Agents

2019 has ushered in many new trends such as retro cartoon character timepieces, meatless hamburgers, and 5G networks to name a few. Not surprisingly, trend-watching doesn’t stop with pop culture, fashion, and technology. Your company’s human resources department should also take notice of the top changes in the marketplace, so they are poised to attract and retain the best talent. These top trends include a…

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Mar

20

2019

The Risks are Real | Houston Benefits Company

Even when you proactively anticipate all the people risks that have the potential to impact your workplace, it’s easy to convince yourself there is no risk to you — that it will never happen here. You may think no one at your workplace will harass anyone, no one will sue you over an honest mistake made in administering workers’ comp, no one will accidentally cause…

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You Can Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence | Texas Benefits Agency
Feb

20

2019

You Can Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence | Texas Benefits Agency

On Friday, February 15, 2019, five employees of a manufacturer in Aurora, Illinois, were killed by an employee they were about to terminate as they met in a conference room. Among the victims were the human resources director and a young HR intern at his first day on the job. This is just the latest incidence of gun violence at a workplace. The Occupational Safety…

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Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready? | Houston Benefit Advisors
Jan

17

2019

Gen Z is Coming. Is Your Workplace Ready? | Houston Benefit Advisors

While it may feel like businesses are still reeling from adapting to the working millennial, the next generation is already knocking on the HR door. The Society for Human Resource Management went straight to a 16-year old source to see what is on the workplace horizon. Here are a few trends and some potential takeaways for employers. Gen Z is competitive, raised on more pervasive…

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Nov

29

2018

Happier Holidays, the HR Way | Houston Benefits Brokers

Most people, according to a new survey featured in HR Dive, have the greatest sense of belonging in their own homes. That may not be surprising news, but what is interesting is that one third of respondents felt the greatest sense of belonging in their workplace. A significant percentage, 40 percent, attribute that feeling to actions their colleagues and managers take to check in on…

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