Ask the Advisor: Do We Still Have to Provide EPSL or EFMLA if We Layoff or Furlough Employees? | Employee Benefits Experts

Question:Do we still have to provide EPSL or EFMLA if we lay off or furlough employees?Answer:No. Employers who are closed — either due to lack of business or a state or local order — do not have to provide these leaves because they don’t have work available. Employees who are furloughed (temporarily not working but … Continued

CBD: Fact or Fiction? | Employee Benefits Consultants

The cannabidiol (CBD) market in the United States has taken off like a rocket. Some projections have this market reaching $16 billion by 2025. After years of singing its praises for treating, albeit illegally, a myriad of health issues, supporters of cannabis have seen an uptick of mainstream support in the last 2 years with … Continued

The Cause of Disengagement | Employee Benefits Agency

For decades, employee engagement has been the gold standard in measuring the way employees interact with the business.  In today’s world, it’s not just about the interaction but also the level of commitment to the company.  While all human resources professionals would like to believe their employees are committed to their organization, the statistics simply … Continued

Diversity and Inclusion Should Be a Part of the Company’s DNA | Employee Benefits Firm

Diversity and inclusion continues to be a main focus for companies even during this time of crisis.  Companies are trying to find ways to continue to support every member of their communities as this crisis continues to impact organizations.  In general, where diversity and inclusion are concerned, there is still so much that needs to … Continued

12 Work-Life Balance Tips | Employee Benefits Partners

Achieving the work-life balance is a constant work in progress and it’s a very difficult one at that.  Work doesn’t simply stop when an employee “clocks out” for the day.  With the a person’s ability to be wired in at all hours of the day through smartphones, tablets and laptop computers, one might surmise the … Continued

Ask the Advisor: What’s the Difference Between a Furlough and a Layoff?

Question:What’s the difference between a furlough and a layoff?Answer:First, you should note that the language used when sending employees home for a period of time is less important than communicating your actual intent. Since temporary layoffs and furloughs are only used regularly in certain industries (usually seasonal), you should not assume that employees will know … Continued

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Employee Benefits Advisors

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship … Continued

Ask the Experts: Flu and FMLA | Employee Benefits Team

Question:Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?Answer:Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.Some cases of the flu, however, are severe or result in complications, and … Continued

Service Animals in the Workplace | Employee Benefits Agents

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service … Continued

No Gym Required for These (Financial) Fitness Tips | Employee Benefits Consultants

If you’re like me, your social-media feeds are jammed with headlines about getting “healthy and fit” in the new year. Of course, they’re referring to diet and exercise and common resolutions to drop pounds and work out more often.But it’s just as important to be concerned about your financial fitness—where you can also drop some … Continued

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