The CheckPoint HR Blog

Keep calm and comply on: Preparing for HR change in the face of uncertainty

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Mon, May 1, 2017


With a new administration come uncertainty, questions and concerns. Here's how to navigate those complexities and maintain compliance


The rapid shifts unfolding for employers this year are bringing concern, confusion and complexity to the human resources landscape. From policy changes to new litigation, these transformations greatly influence how employers and HR professionals approach all aspects of employee administration, talent acquisition and HR management. 

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Topics: employee benefits, Affordable Care Act, human resources, onboarding

5 Ways for Non Profits To Control Employee Benefit Costs

Posted by Paul Jones on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

As not-for-profit organizations are increasingly scrutinized for their finances and fundraising efficiency, many seek to control administrative costs. Since employee administration, including benefits, is among the top expenses for organizations, it should be a key focus area for nonprofits.

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Topics: employee benefits, non-profit, not-for-profit

Creating a more connected, integrated HR environment

Posted by Tim Padva on Wed, Mar 1, 2017


The world of human resources is constantly changing and expanding. As it does, it is also growing more complex.

 

HR professionals have no shortage of concerns to deal with on a daily basis. From payroll to compensation, to employee administration and compliance, HR services and functions play a critical role in the performance and success of a business. So it's critical to ensure that the practices, methods and policies pertaining to these operations are as accurate and efficient as possible.

Over the last decade, the digital revolution has ushered in a new era of managing and conducting business both internally and externally. These technology-driven solutions have helped streamline workflows, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. However, they can only do so much when run in disparate systems. In today's increasingly complex, competitive and digital landscape, the biggest mistake organizations make is operating in siloed environments.

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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, connected HR

Offering Student Loan Repayment Benefits

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Fri, Apr 29, 2016

A tweak to the tax code could allow employers to pay back employees’ student debt. Two bills making their way through Congress (H.R. 1713 and H.R. 4363) could give companies tax incentives for helping employees repay their student loans.

Currently, if employees receive money from their employers to pay off student debt, it is considered taxable income. The bills aim to expand the tax code, allowing up to $5,250 per year to be treated as nontaxable income.

The average college graduate has $30,000 in debt. Since many young people prioritize paying off debt over saving for retirement, this could be a benefit that employers can use to attract talent. Although the bills are not expected to be passed during an election year, supporters are cautiously optimistic. Read More

Topics: employee benefits, human resources, Business Trends, Insurance Trends, student loans

2016 HR and Benefit Trends: Compliance gains urgency and support

Posted by Jim Pugliese on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

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HR and benefits continue to lead the list of challenges facing employers in 2016. Benefit costs, compliance hurdles and technology decisions loom large for companies of all sizes, and the changing workforce will force managers to rethink long-held standards and processes. 

In our recent white paper, CheckPoint HR identified five trends that offer a glimpse of what’s coming, along with actions you can take now to stay ahead of the curve and thrive in 2016. 

This week, we'll take a look at the second trend we identified: Compliance Gains Urgency and Support. 

 

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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, 2016 hr trends, 2016 business trends, Business Trends, Insurance Trends, 2016 Trends, 2016 employee benefit trends

How Technology Can Streamline your Onboarding Process

Posted by Denise Bauwens on Fri, Feb 5, 2016

Almost a third of new hires begin looking for another job within the first six months. Yet, new employees who attended a well-structured onboarding orientation program, are almost 70 percent more likely to remain at a company up to three years. So, why do less than 30 percent of companies say they have a highly successful onboarding process? The fact is that onboarding can be time and resource intensive. With so many legally-required forms and compliance-related tasks, HR managers may neglect the important steps of welcoming the employee and preparing them to succeed in their new position.

The good news is that today's technology can help  make the onboarding process easier and less tedious for HR managers so they can focus on job requirements, goal setting and other employee development tasks. 

Ideas for improving onboarding with technology include:

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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, employee onboarding, onboarding, onboarding technology, employee onboarding technology

2016 HR and Benefit Trends that Actually Matter

Posted by Jim Pugliese on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

HR and benefits continue to lead the list of challenges facing employers in 2016. Benefit costs, compliance hurdles and technology decisions loom large for companies of all sizes, and the changing workforce will force managers to rethink long-held standards and processes. 

In our recent white paper, CheckPoint HR identified five trends that offer a glimpse of what’s coming, along with actions you can take now to stay ahead of the curve and thrive in 2016. This week, we'll take a look at each trend, why we selected it for the white paper, and its implications for employers in the year ahead. 

Let's start with our first trend: Flexibility Rules the Workplace

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Topics: employee benefits, human resources, 2016 hr trends, 2016 business trends, Business Trends, Insurance Trends, 2016 Trends, 2016 employee benefit trends

3 Times it Pays to have Integrated Benefits and Payroll Systems

Posted by Julianne Durante on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

Midway through 2014, integrated HR technology remains a trending topic for HR practitioners and organizations looking to streamline operations and save on administrative costs. Integration starts with payroll – the big data-keeper for your organization. Many HR Professionals are looking for payroll systems that are integrated with HRMS technology. But to get the most out of integration, some are getting ahead of the curve and looking for payroll systems that also integrate with benefits administration and enrollment software.

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Topics: employee benefits, HR Technology, HR Trend

Top 8 Private Exchange Features Important to the Consumer & Shopping Experience

Posted by Julianne Durante on Wed, Jun 18, 2014

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Topics: employee benefits, Private Exchange

One Simple Secret for Boosting Employee Satisfaction with Benefits

Posted by Julianne Durante on Tue, May 20, 2014

As an employer, you offer your employees what you think is a robust and generous benefits package. But your employees...disagree. How do you make your employees more satisfied with the benefits you're offering? The secret of employers who have employees raving about their benefits is simple: choice. 

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Topics: employee benefits