|Know the Law |
Firms shopping for health insurance will want
to read up on the potential pitfalls at the
Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security
Administration Web site. Focus on Health Care Fraud
has fact sheets on how to protect your employees
when purchasing health insurance and what to do if a
health care plan can no longer pay benefits.
Visitors to the Publications section can get
information on benefit accrual and investing,
survivor benefits and plan terminations and mergers.
Read up on—and share with your
clients—information about the challenges of 401(k)
plans or help female employees and clients plan
for their retirement with an interactive game.
This Web site has research on the risk of
investing retirement income and the effects of
Social Security reform on retirement-wealth
accumulation. Also of interest is a paper on
living standards in retirement in the Issues in
Brief section and a discussion on Social Security
The New England Employee Benefits Council
(NEEBC) e-stop offers links to defined
contribution news, the National Institute of
Pension Administrators Web site and employee
benefits job postings. Users can read
Massachusetts Same-Gender Marriage: Results
of the Human Resources Policy Survey to see
how some companies are treating this issue.
Data for Decisions
The Financial Services Industries section of
this e-site offers case studies on customized
compensation, benefits and pay practices, while
newcomers to the field can find a glossary of
compensation terms. Visitors looking for
benchmarking information on executive compensation
rates can find it, along with a calculator to
estimate and adjust salary information based on
changing variables. Users can learn how to conduct
a market pricing study of employee benefits and
salaries or get 10 steps to building a great
workplace in the published articles archive.
Benefit Alerts and Free Reports
Interested in learning more about employee
benefits issues such as paid time off,
unemployment benefits and vacation time? Check out
this Web site’s Employment Law FAQs section. Free
Reports includes details of how to conduct
employment law audits, train managers to give
performance appraisals, and tips on conducting
workplace investigations and state laws covering
access to personnel files. Visitors also can
subscribe to a free newsletter about changing
benefits rules and regulations.
|A Fund Festival |
Finding mutual fund information is easy when
you visit this e-portal to federal and state tax
forms, and links to IRS tax forms, the Social
Security Administration and the U.S. Tax Court.
Other portal windows open to the IRS real and
personal property sales site and Biz.yahoo.com’s
links to mutual fund companies, including a section
on Fund Top Performers.
Time to Move on?
Need to update your resume and brush up on
interviewing skills? This Web stop can help with a
free downloadable copy of “Executive Jobs: A Guide
to Managing Your Career,” links to resume
templates, job postings and tips on working with
recruiters. There’s useful information even if
you’re happy staying put, such as case studies on
leadership and strategic focus and travel tips.
Sell Your Services
Whether you’re trying to win clients or get
the word out about new services, this Smart Stop
offers CPAs articles and whitepapers that can
help. Find steps to create ROI accountability and
the top branding principles of corporate blogs,
articles on strategy and positioning, and 10 steps
for deploying self-directed teams. The site also
features career-development tools and online
Retire in Style
Financial advisers guiding clients through
the pitfalls and profits of retirement income will
want to share this e-content with them. Visitors
can receive the free Retiree Financial Guide
and e-mail updates, learn how to cut taxes on
IRA withdrawals and find high-dividend stocks.
Looking for estate planning advice or the reason
real estate is a poor cash-flow investment? Go to
the Free Articles link for the answers.
Find It Fast
This online directory of search engines and
databases is the right one to visit if you know
what you’re looking for and want to find it
quickly. This Smart Stop is organized into
convenient categories and subcategories, such as
accounting and tax, computers, government,
investments and stocks. Lighter fare includes
entertainment, greeting cards and humor.