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Sean McConnell, CEO of MBA, elected president of FAPEO association

The Florida Association of Professional Employer Organizations (FAPEO) is proud to announce that Sean McConnell has been elected president of the association. 

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The changing benefit landscape – what your company needs to know

While most HR teams are very good at analyzing short term data and responding to trends, not everyone goes through the exercise of examining long-term data to understand the changing landscape. Experts have taken a close look at the long-term data and have pointed out the following four ways in which employee benefits have changed in the past four years: Wait times are shorter: New hires are usually excited about their new job, but might not be so excited about having to wait for their various benefits to start These benefits can include paid time off, employer retirement contributions, medical, dental and vision benefits. The wait time has gotten significantly shorter over the past four years. In 2011, the average wait time was about 92 days. Now, the average wait time is roughly 85 days. High Deductible Health Plans are more and more common now than they were four years ago. The number of employers offering these plans has risen nearly 14 percent since 2012. It’s also the health plan that ...

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Employees more reliant on fitness apps and wearable fitness tools

In the past two years, twice as many Americans have started using wearable fitness tools and fitness smartphone apps to help in managing their health and wellbeing. Many employers aren’t eager to share their data collected with their employers, however. Nearly 33 percent of Americans are using mobile health applications. This number is up from just around 16 percent in 2014. Recent research indicates the applications are used primarily for fitness at nearly 60 percent, followed by diet and nutrition at approximately 50 percent and management of symptoms at around 35 percent. For employers searching for ways to gain insight into their employees health and fitness habits, wearable devices are a low cost means to gather data. But new research shows that employees aren’t eager to share all their information with their employer. Ninety percent of those who participated in a recent survey said that they would be willing to share the data collected from their smartphone app or wearable device with ...

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Are restaurants prepared for the implications of stricter immigration screenings

A Philadelphia restaurant chain, Vetri, recently lost 30 employees who did not pass e-verify screenings after the restaurant chain was acquired by Urban Outfitters. Industry professionals believe the restaurant industry might be shaken by stricter immigration regulations and laws. Although there’s a large political debate surrounding the issue, many don’t necessarily understand how heavily these illegal immigrant workers are present in many industries nationwide and the contributions that they make to our infrastructure. Both employees and restaurants might be at risk with stricter immigration laws. According to Anthony Bourdain, “every restaurant in America would shut down” if Donald Trump’s immigration plan to deport all illegal immigrants were to happen. Nearly 1.5 million of the restaurant industry’s 12.7 million employees are immigrants. It’s hard to determine how many of those are undocumented immigrants. Because of the lack of records, it’s very challe ...

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Understanding employee classifications – independent contractor or employee?

Employees and workers in various industries understand that there are pros and cons that come with various employee classifications. It’s important to understand whether you should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor and what that classification means for you and the company where you work. It’s not uncommon for organizations to incorrectly classify workers as independent contractors when they should be considered employees. If you know the difference to ensure you’re getting the benefits you deserve. Under the law, employees get more health and safety protections. For instance, employees are required to receive wages of time and a half for each hour they work over forty per week. Even if the organization is classifying you as an independent contractor and supplying you with a 1099 IRS form instead of a W-2, you might not actually be an independent contractor. Various states handle these legal matters differently. New Jersey, for example, considers the following fac ...

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