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Rebuilding Employee Engagement

Published on January 10, 2022
 

When many of our schools, offices and other places of business closed during the past two years and many employees either worked remotely, were furloughed or unemployed, the dynamics of employer-employee relationships shifted significantly. Millions of workers decided not to return to their pre-pandemic jobs while others struggle with challenges like child care or medical concerns precluding them from working. Employers have encountered great difficulty in filling positions needed to even operate marginally.

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Employee Benefits and Compensation Trends

Published on December 1, 2021
 

We live and work in unique times. The unprecedented circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic accompanied by unexpected factors in the employment market suggest employers take a fresh look at employee benefits and compensation data and consider strategic modifications. The role of benefits in total compensation carries considerable weight in attracting and retaining employees. In many cases, employers can offer benefits that employees may not be able to obtain as individuals or at an affordable cost.

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Using Benefits to Manage Employee Risks

Published on November 3, 2021
 

Employer-sponsored benefits remain a foundation for employees’ financial security. The health and welfare benefits offered to active and retired employees provides strong protection against unexpected losses and expenses, and enjoy a comfortable life after their working years. Putting together a benefit package that gives employees the capability to match coverage to their specific situation assists you in hiring and keeping your staff.

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Retirement Plans and School Districts

Published on October 19, 2021
 

The retirement programs for school districts in California have been one of the attractive benefits for enhancing your recruitment and retention strategies. In addition to the basic retirement plan available from CalSTRS and CalPERS, you may also offer eligible deferred compensation plans under Internal Revenue Code Sections 457(b) or 403(b). Compensation an employee defers, under a governmental 457 plan or a 403(b) tax sheltered annuity, and accumulated investment earnings are not taxed until the employee receives a distribution after their employment ends. Thus, such plans assist employees with both current and postretirement tax planning.

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Making and Using Cloth Facemasks

Published on August 26, 2020
 

As we learn more about the nature of the coronavirus, evidence is mounting for the effectiveness of cloth face coverings in reducing its transmission. When we wear facemasks, the droplets and aerosols emitted when we cough, sneeze, laugh, sing or talk cannot travel as far. Coronavirus primarily is spread when these tiny, even microscopic particles containing the virus travel through the air and enter the eyes, nose or mouth of another person. Without a mask, droplets can travel six feet or more and aerosols can hang in the air. By wearing one, we limit the distance of any infectious particles travel to a few inches.

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COVID-19: Managing Stress and Anxiety

Published on August 12, 2020
 

In the series of messages about Keenan SafeSchools courses we offer to you and every California school, we have featured managing your facilities and your workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course highlighted today focuses on managing ourselves, especially our response to the stress this public health crisis is creating.

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Transitioning to a Remote Workforce

Published on July 28, 2020
 

In this series of Trending Topics, we are featuring the Keenan SafeSchools courses relating to the coronavirus pandemic to assist you with the changes you may encounter in these unusual times. Advancements in technology and 24/7 internet access have dramatically changed strategies for workforce management, providing flexible, remote working opportunities for some workplaces in times of crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak. The course on “Transitioning to a Remote Workforce” describes the factors that contribute to the need for a remote workforce, discusses the advantages and challenges of transitioning to a remote workforce environment, and lists best practices for successful remote workforce management.

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Resources for Working Remotely

Published on April 29, 2020
 

When you have the opportunity to work from home, you certainly have a much shorter commute to deal with! But you may find there are challenges doing your job in the domestic environment that require physical, mental and even emotional adjustments to stay effective and productive. Whether working from home for you now is temporary, occasional, or your new normal, Keenan has created a microlearning web site as a resource to help you make it your best possible remote situation.

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How to Ace New Hire Orientation for School Employees

Published on June 20, 2019
 

Getting your new employees off to a great start begins with the time you spend on new hire orientation. While you have their undivided attention as they are signing up for their employee benefits, a successful onboarding experience should also include a review of important statutory responsibilities, district policies, and compliance training they will need to complete. When these requirements are handled at the very beginning of their employment, you have the best assurance that new employees are well informed from their first day on campus.

Mandated reporters under California AB 1432 must be trained on their responsibilities to report suspected child abuse within the first six weeks of hire. Employee orientation is an ideal time to get this legal requirement on their calendar. The Keenan SafeSchools online training portal provides a turnkey solution for meeting this requirement and allows you to track and document their completion.

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The Importance of Long Term Care Insurance

Published on May 2, 2019
 

As more Americans enter their senior years, the prospects that our families will encounter the burdens and financial risks of long term care (LTC) become more likely. No matter where you are in your life, you may face the need to provide a grandparent, parent or other relative with additional assistance with their everyday activities. By the time we reach age 65, we all have about a 50-50 chance that we will need some form of LTC during our lifetime.

LTC differs from medical care because it involves basic, personal assistance with activities of daily living as opposed to treatment for health conditions. It is also different in that medical insurance, including Medicare, does not cover those personal care needs over a long period of time. Medicaid (known as Medi-Cal in California) does pay for substantial LTC expenses, but to qualify, your income must be below a certain level and you must meet minimum state eligibility requirements.

About 80 percent of custodial care is given at home by an unpaid caregiver, usually a family member, partner, friend or neighbor. An AARP survey showed that more than 43 million people in the U.S. had been an unpaid caregiver in the prior year. But at some point, many people will require help beyond the capacity of unpaid caregivers.

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