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Oregon Passes Nation's Most Generous Paid Leave Law

With the number of paid leave laws passed in recent years, you’d be forgiven for thinking the passage of another would hardly be newsworthy. Consider this an exception.

Earlier this month, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed off on the country’s most generous paid family leave program. Both houses of the state’s Democratic-leaning legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal before it made it to Brown’s desk. The news makes Oregon the eighth state to offer paid family leave benefits.

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8 Creative Summer Workplace Perks

Summer doesn’t just mean great weather, barbeques, and beach days. Depending on your workplace culture, it might also mean summer work perks. “Summer Fridays,” relaxed dress codes, and beer on tap are just a few ways companies encourage employees to relax, unwind, and make the most of the warmer months. 

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Companies Offer ‘Disaster Time Off’ in Face of Hurricanes, Wildfires

When it rains, it pours. But for Michelle Abbott, a compensation and benefits manager at Research Square, a North Carolina-based academic publishing service, it wasn’t just water she had to worry about during last year’s hurricane season.

Some of her employees had to evacuate—twice. One worker lost her house entirely. But two thousand miles away in California, remote workers had to flee their homes due to wildfires, too.

For the thousands of American businesses impacted by extreme weather last year, the arrival of summer comes with some apprehension. The months between June and September are among the most active for tornados, wildfires, and hurricanes. For companies like Research Square that employ remote workers across the country, the odds of a team member being impacted are even greater.

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New Massachusetts Paid Leave Regulations Released

Newly released paid leave regulations will soon make waves with Bay State residents and employers alike.

Last year, Massachusetts lawmakers signed off on one of the country's most generous paid family leave laws. But while the program’s benefits won’t be available until 2021, the first employer requirements take effect this summer.  

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How to Build a Financial Wellness Program

Wellness has taken the benefits world by storm. Whether it be onsite health screenings, in-office yoga, cosponsored gym memberships, or sleep wellness workshops, wellness perks often tend to focus on the physical aspect of health. Though mental wellness has also shown an uptick in importance, other areas of wellness are also gaining steam.

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Three Steps for Planning Your Employee Wellness Strategy

Employee wellness has evolved from a buzz-worthy trend into a real strategy for successful companies. When employees are healthy, they can reach their full potential, do more productive and creative work, build positive relationships, cope with common stressors, and make a more meaningful contribution. Stressed employees are often on their way to burnout, which leads to reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.

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New Jersey Becomes First State to Require Transit Benefits

Your New Jersey commute just got a little more bearable. With a law recently signed by Governor Phil Murphy, the Garden State becomes the first to require employers to offer pre-tax transportation benefits. Before being signed by the governor on March 1, Senate Bill 1567 was overwhelmingly supported by both houses of the state legislature. 

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HSA vs. FSA: Spelling Out the Differences

Everyone knows you can find (and buy) just about anything on Amazon, including medical supplies. While the online mega-retailer has always accepted a long list of payment methods, one recent addition might be just what the doctor ordered.

The company recently announced that it would begin accepting health savings account (HSA) and flexible savings account (FSA) cards as payment. This development marks just the latest in Amazon’s foray into the healthcare industry, which Namely first covered last year.

If you’re currently unenrolled in an HSA or FSA, it might be prime time to reconsider. In this article, we’ll go through the two account types and their potential payroll tax implications.
 

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Why Your Company Needs a Strong Sick Leave Policy

What starts as a tickle in the back of your throat can quickly evolve into a bigger problem. With flu season upon us, it’s the most popular time of year for sick day requests. But when there’s work to be done, it can be hard to pick between not falling behind and prioritizing your health.

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The Do’s and Don'ts of a Flexible Work Schedule

A great team is hard to find and expensive to replace. Money aside, losing top performers affects morale and, worst-case scenario, can prompt a mass exodus, leaving whole departments devoid of senior leadership and perspective.