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The Employee Benefits Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Business Owners

ISBN: 978-0-470-91244-7
260 pages
November 2010, Pfeiffer
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This go-to resource contains the most reliable information needed to answer questions about employee benefits that arise in day-to-day business. Complex and ambiguous topics are illustrated with concrete examples that can help make informed, sound decisions, and ultimately, the ability to ask better questions. Written by Rebecca Mazin—an expert in human resource policies and procedures—the book addresses the most commonly asked benefits questions including:

  • How many vacation days do employees get?

  • What's the difference between a POS and an HSA?

  • Is offering check-ups and eye exams enough?

  • What's involved in flexible spending accounts?

  • What do I need to know about 401(k) and Non-Qualified Plans?

  • Do employees expect life insurance and disability?

  • From EAP to concierge services, what else do employees want?

  • How does COBRA work and what else do I need to do?

  • What can employers do to rein in benefits costs?

The book also highlights specific practice examples that are "worth repeating," or "better forgotten," and includes a wide-variety of checklists and charts. The Employee Benefits Answer Book is organized by topic and arranged in a question and answer format making it easy to zero in on a particular subject. Using this important book, employers can create coherent policies based on a clear understanding of all benefits.

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Introduction.

Health Care Reform.

1 The Benefits Package: Why Should I Have a Plan? What Should it Include?

2 Paid Time Off: How Many Vacation Days Do I Have to Give?

3 Enrollment and Changes: How Do I Obtain Information and Communicate Value?

4 Medical Plan Basics: What’s the Difference Between a POS and an HSA?

5 Dental and Vision Plans: Are Checkups and Eye Exams Enough?

6 Choosing and Working With Brokers: How Do I Get the Most Out of the Broker Relationship?

7 Benefits That Save Payroll Taxes: What's Involved in Flexible Spending Accounts, Transportation and Tuition Assistance Plans?

8 Retirement Plans: What Do I Need to Know About Pensions, 401(k) Plans, and Nonqualified Plans?

9 Benefits That Provide Economic Security: Do Employees Expect Life Insurance and Disability?

10 Benefits Buffet: From EAP to Concierge Services What Else Do Employees Want and What Should You Provide?

11 When Employees Leave: How Does Cobra Work and What Else Do I Need to Do?

12 Cost Control: What Can Employers Do to Rein in Benefits Costs?

Resources.

Resource Guide for Health Reform.

Tools and Templates.

About the Author.

Index.

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Rebecca Mazin co-founded Recruit Right to meet employer human resources, staffing and training needs. Rebecca creates human resources policies and procedures, guides implementation, responds to issues and questions and develops and facilitates management and staff training. She writes The HR Answer blog on AllBusiness.com andher articles appear in a wide range of industry and trade journals.

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