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Benefits

This is FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center's collection of free articles on Benefits. Providing health, dental, vision, 401k, retirement, pension, life insurance, and other benefits for your law firm employees is an important part of the long-term success of your practice. Learn about the many benefit options available. Start your research with FindLaw.

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Benefits Articles
  • Work-Life Balance and the Working Parent Struggle
    Provided by Anne C. O'Donnell of FindLaw
    Understanding the challenges that face all working parents, especially lawyers.

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  • The Role of Benefits in Your Law Practice
    Provided by Kevin Andrews of SmartBen
    It's readily apparent to every law firm HR manager. The American workplace is changing. Downsizing and outsourcing have strained the once solid relationship between employers and employees, and created a more mobile, more fluid workforce.

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  • Tips to Avoid Office Back Pain and Workplace Injuries
    Provided by Topricin
    Eighty percent of Americans experience back pain in their lifetime and this ailment can have serious implications for job security by negatively affecting even the most dedicated employee's ability to go to work.

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  • FAQs About COBRA Continuation Health Coverage
    Provided by Department of Labor
    Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated. COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates.

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  • What Is an HSA?
    Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration
    Small business owners who want to provide health insurance for themselves, their families and their employees have a new program to help. The Health Savings Account, signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2003, offers small business owners and employees what they need from health coverage: affordability, portability and freedom.

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  • FAQs on the Small Pension Plan Audit Waiver Regulation
    Provided by Department of Labor
    This article describes conditions for small employee benefit plans (generally those with fewer than 100 participants) and the small pension plan audit waiver regulation.

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  • 401k Plans for Small Businesses
    Provided by Department of Labor
    401(k) plans can be a powerful tool in promoting financial security in retirement. They are a valuable option for businesses considering a retirement plan, providing benefits to employees and their employers. Employers start a 401(k) for a host of reasons.

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  • Service Provider Tips For Your Employee Benefit Plan
    Provided by Department of Labor
    To assist business owners in carrying out their responsibilities under ERISA, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has prepared the following tips which may be a helpful starting point when selecting an employee benefit plan service provider.

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  • Plan Fiduciary Tips for Pension Consultants
    Provided by Department of Labor
    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires that fiduciaries of employee benefit plans administer and manage their plans prudently and in the interest of the plan's participants and beneficiaries. In carrying out these responsibilities, plan fiduciaries often rely heavily on pension consultants and other professionals for help. Findings included in a report by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released in May 2005, however, raise serious questions concerning whether some pension consultants are fully disclosing potential conflicts of interest that may affect the objectivity of the advice they are providing to their pension plan clients.

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  • Selecting an Auditor for Your Employee Benefit Plan
    Provided by Department of Labor
    If your employee benefit plan is required to have an audit, one of the most important duties of the plan administrator is to hire an independent qualified public accountant. The sponsor of the plan is the plan administrator under the law unless another individual or entity is specifically designated to assume this responsibility. The following material will assist you, as plan administrator, in selecting an auditor and reviewing the audit work and report.

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