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DOL Updates FFCRA Regulations

Please find our client alert on the Department of Labor’s updates to regulations on the emergency paid sick leave and expanded FMLA provisions of the FFCRA.  The new rule is scheduled to be published on September 16, 2020, and will be effective immediately through the expiration of the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions on December 31, 2020. The rule updates FFCRA regulations issued in April 2020 in response to a recent federal District Court decision which found four portions of the initial regulations invalid: provisions related to whether the FFCRA applies if employers do not have work available for employees; the timing for which employees must request the need for leave; the definition of health care provider; and the availability of intermittent leave. This alert is of interest to all employers… Read more »

Twenty-two Years

A couple of days ago I started getting congratulations notices on LinkedIn for my work anniversary.  I hadn’t even realized it, but that actually represents the anniversary for how long I have been in business for myself. As a professional female business owner in a traditionally male-dominated field, I can tell you that things have changed a lot! I started in the insurance industry over 30 years ago as an administrative assistant in the benefits department of a smaller agency.  After about six months on the job, I went to one of the owners and asked for the opportunity to sell.  His answer was that I wouldn’t be any good at it, but after some negotiations, he agreed to let me do it in exchange for a cut in pay… Read more »

Broker, Consultant or Advisor?

Broker, Consultant, Advisor – which should you choose?  It isn’t the title that matters as much as the approach, expertise, advise and willingness to listen that separates the superior advisors from the merely average.   To get the most value out of your employee benefit program, it is important that you invest as much time in finding the right partner as you do in selecting your benefit plans. For the sake of this article, I am going to use the term “partner” because the title really doesn’t matter.  You want a partner that is focused on your company and your needs, not just meeting a sales quota and checking in with you once a year.  Your partner will want to understand how your company operates, what value it places on the… Read more »

The Value of Worksite Products

I have a confession to make – I was never a fan of selling worksite products!  Voluntary products (or more traditional group platform) were fine, but I always shied away from worksite due to the high-pressure tactics of some of the sales representatives or “overselling” of these products. Here is the problem, I ended shortchanging both employers and employees.  Employees love to have options and choices when it comes to the benefits they can purchase through their employer.  Employers love offering additional products and services to their employees at no additional cost.  When surveyed, employees consistently rank their employee benefits package higher when it includes worksite products. Nowadays, there isn’t much difference between voluntary benefits or worksite plans other than the chassis they are offered on.   Worksite or voluntary plans… Read more »

Washington Paid Sick Leave – Are You Ready?

A phone call from a client reminded me that not everyone is ready for the new Washington Paid Sick Leave Law that went into effect 1/1/2018.  Here is a recap of the highlights, along with links to important notices that you will need in order to be in compliance with this law.  Current employees must be notified of your policy in writing no later than March 1, 2018, and new employees must be notified immediately upon employment.   The law generally applies to all employers in Washington State.  Employers in three local jurisdictions (Seattle, Spokane & Tacoma) include additional provisions. Paid Sick Leave Policy Employers should consider creating a paid sick leave policy to develop consistent workplace practices and communicate the new requirements to employees.  An employer must create a paid sick… Read more »

Employee Engagement & Communication Strategies

For any employer, attracting and retaining the best talent is a key objective of their organization.  Employee engagement is key to achieving this but the first step is making sure your message is being received by all members of the workforce.  Different generations receive information via different methods, but one thing is clear, visual communication is becoming more important than ever across all generations. Because the younger generations are more technology driven, self-directed and resourceful, this is impacting all generations as they are often the creative drivers in our society.  They like to communicate with images, text and across multiple screens.  Communications via symbols, emojis and emoticons is becoming more common place.  There is even a new Emoji movie.  But don’t think this is confined to just those under thirty… Read more »