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Am I Required to Provide My Employees with Short-Term or Long-Term Disability?

Short-term disability insurance provides some income replacement when a non-work-related illness or injury leaves an employee unable to work for a limited time period. Long-term disability insurance serves the same purpose, only for longer periods of time, ranging from two years to retirement age, depending on the policy.  No law requires employers to offer long-term disability insurance to employees. However, five states and Puerto Rico...

What Benefits Should I Offer My Employees?

Employee benefits will cost your business. There is no avoiding that, but the pros outweigh the cons. Advantages of offering benefits include better recruitment and retention, greater wellness and productivity, tax advantages, and a more positive company culture. Developing a benefits package represents a leap in the growth of your company. A major step in the process is deciding what benefits to offer. What Are...

Is My Work Health Insurance Better Than Marketplace Insurance?

Group health insurance is one of the most important benefits employers offer their employees. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), companies with 50 or more full-time employees must offer affordable health coverage that provides minimum value to full-time employees and their dependents, or they may be subject to an “employer shared responsibility” payment to the IRS.  Larger employers have the incentive to offer health coverage...

What Happens if I Withdraw My 401(k) Early?

A 401(k) is a company-sponsored retirement plan that gives employees a tax break on the portion of their salary they contribute to the plan. Contributions are automatically withdrawn and invested in funds of the employee’s choosing, and employers have the option to match contributions. 401(k) plans are designed for retirement savings. Early withdrawal of funds carries heavy penalties under normal circumstances.  How Soon Can You...

Can I Invest The Money In My HSA/FSA?

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are both offered by employers and designed to ease the financial burden of healthcare. But there are major differences between these two types of plans. One notable difference is that HSA funds can be invested, while FSA funds cannot. How Is an HSA Different From an FSA? With both an HSA and an FSA you can...