Vesting Schedules

When an employer sets up a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b), or another plan, you are able to contribute to the plan. Many times the employer may also choose to contribute an amount toward your account as well. Not all times will the employer...

Health Insurance Nondiscrimination Rules

Overview Group health plans and tax-favored accounts—including health savings accounts (HSAs), health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)—are subject to numerous nondiscrimination provisions under federal law. The...

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Employee assistance programs (EAPs) are employer-sponsored programs that provide support services to employees experiencing health, family, financial, alcohol, drug, or stress issues. The structure and operation of each EAP will vary with the needs of each company,...

Group Life Insurance

Although not required to by law, many employers offer group-term life insurance coverage to their employees. Benefits under a group-term life insurance policy are paid only if the insured dies during the policy’s term. Advantages of Group-Term Life Insurance...

401k Plans

Perhaps the most popular retirement plan being elected today, a 401(k) retirement plan is a type of plan to which the employee can contribute from his or her paycheck before or after taxes are taken out. The contributions go into a 401(k) account, with the employee...