Get More Bang for Your Buck with Tax-Favored Employee Benefits

2016 ushers in a few changes to the tax laws that govern benefits, as the IRS recently laid out in its annual "Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits." The document features important clarifications, not just identifying which benefits are and aren't tax-exempt to employees, but also the fine points of tests that tax-exempt benefits must satisfy to maintain that status. The deduction for the business use of a personal vehicle dipped from 57.5 cents per mile last year, to 54 cents per mile currently. When employers reimburse workers for using their own cars for business (such as for traveling to a required out-of-town seminar or delivering documents for the boss), mileage pay might be considered a benefit to the extent it exceeds the actual cost to the employee of operating the vehicle. In spite of the roughly 6% decrease in the 2016 mileage rate and in light of the slide in gas prices during the past year, this benefit could add up nicely for employees.

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Mercans’ G2N Nova Solves Global Payroll Data Privacy Challenges

Mercans | January 24, 2024

Mercans continues to disrupt the global payroll industry and solidify its leadership position by rolling out exciting new features to its flagship, G2N Nova payroll engine. The recently launched features include game-changing technology and address some of the biggest challenges of global payroll, including international data privacy compliance and processing latency limitations. Mercans’ G2N Nova leverages groundbreaking stateless application architecture to enable completely anonymous payroll processing. This unprecedented technological approach enables processing gross-to-net payrolls without any sensitive Personal Identifiable Information (PII) ever being passed from clients to Mercans’ G2N Nova global payroll application. The stateless application architecture has never before been successfully deployed in the global payroll industry, and G2N Nova, is the only payroll engine that is able to generate 100% accurate gross-to-net calculations for 100+ countries. And that’s not all, it does so through a single, native platform in real-time without accessing or storing any identifiable information related to employees. This evidently innovative, payroll technology solution completely overcomes the complex data privacy compliance requirements, as confidential employee data never leaves the clients’ systems and is not needed by G2N Nova for gross-to-net payroll calculations. Thus, proving its technological prowess and independence. Additionally, this approach is a game-changer for the industry because data breaches and ransomware attacks have created concerns about data security and privacy in the payroll sector. These concerns have been significant hurdles for companies trusting external service or software providers for international payroll processing. G2N Nova’s stateless app architecture eliminates these concerns entirely. Clients’ PII never leaves their data centers and payroll-related information used by G2N Nova is completely anonymized. G2N Nova upgrade also includes a ground-breaking Continuous Calc feature that fundamentally changes how payrolls are processed. Until now, all payrolls had to go through a multi-step payroll processing cycle. G2N Nova breaks this legacy paradigm and introduces real-time net pay. The Continuous Calc feature maintains full gross-to-net values for each employee in real-time and automatically updates the net pay amounts of employees whenever there is an update to an employee’s record. This feature, thus, eliminates the need to wait for a payroll processing cycle to be completed to determine an employee’s net pay for a period. The gross-to-net values for all employees will be always available in real-time. In addition, the new version of G2N Nova lays a foundation for incorporating blockchain technology into payroll processes, allowing instantaneous and 100% tamper-proof verification of payroll calculations and payments using blockchain technology. Blockchain will create a permanent, unchangeable record of real-time record of all payroll transactions and amounts — so no one can alter or remove it. This revolutionary approach, thus, solidifies the foundation for third parties, including financial institutions, tax authorities, etc. The new ground-breaking version of G2N Nova offers global, gross-to-net payroll processing capabilities across 100+ countries, making it the world’s most advanced and powerful native payroll engine. G2N Nova is available as a SaaS or service delivery platform that can be used as a stand-alone global payroll platform or deeply integrated with all major HCM or Workforce Management software solutions. About Mercans Mercans is a global leader in payroll technology. Mercans’ revolutionary global payroll engine G2N Nova enables Enterprise businesses & HCM providers to perform gross to-net calculations across 100+ legislation.

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Alight and CirrusMD team up to deliver physician-led virtual primary care on Alight Worklife®

Alight Solutions | January 09, 2024

Alight, Inc. a leading cloud-based human capital and technology services provider, and CirrusMD, a physician-first provider of on-demand virtual care, today announced a strategic agreement to offer a chat-enabled, physician-led, virtual care solution. The partnership is aimed at breaking down barriers to virtual care by providing employees with access to expert physicians across a wide range of health care needs on the Alight Worklife platform. “The Alight Worklife platform serves as employees’ comprehensive connection point to their health, wealth, payroll and leaves benefits, which helps employers cut complexities, costs and engage individuals in the moments that matter most,” said Bipin Mistry, chief medical officer at Alight. “The partnership with CirrusMD helps take employee engagement one step further by making physician-led virtual care easily accessible to employees and bridges the gap between virtual clinical care delivery and employer-sponsored benefits navigation.” Helping employees arrive at the most appropriate care Employees on the Alight Worklife platform can engage directly with CirrusMD or be prompted to engage after completing Alight’s AI-powered Symptom Checker online experience to better understand their healthcare needs and guide them to care options, including virtual care provided by CirrusMD. With Single Sign-On (SSO) for fast connections to care within 60 seconds, Alight Worklife enhances the participant experience. CirrusMD’s Physician-first Care & Guidance approach to virtual primary care provides members with always-on, instant access to a doctor via chat-first modality. CirrusMD’s multidisciplinary clinical team conducts encounters on a proprietary clinical intelligence engine that provides real-time insights to physicians based on data from millions of patient-physician interactions. Once employees connect with physicians, CirrusMD offers a seamless, efficient and patient-centric virtual care experience by Connecting patients to physicians in less than a minute, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, Delivering advanced primary care that includes behavioral health, women’s health, acute care, chronic condition management and more, Physician-led seven-day experiences, interactions that allow time for in-depth diagnosis and treatment, reducing the high costs associated with multiple follow-ups, Text-based chat with options for video, voice and images when needed, Immediate referrals to employer benefits and in-network resources, And real-time Spanish language translation to help overcome potential language barriers. Optimizing the integration of healthcare benefits and clinical workflows The strategic partnership enables employers to select CirrusMD as part of their Alight Healthcare Navigation offering within the Alight Worklife platform. As well, CirrusMD providers benefit from access to Alight’s Symptom Checker results and can reference benefit programs available to the participant which can serve to facilitate patient follow-ups with both CirrusMD care teams and Alight Health Pros for a comprehensive healthcare journey support. This combined solution provides ongoing navigation to appropriate referrals and resources. For example, Alight's support for individuals with Behavioral Health conditions aligns seamlessly with CirrusMD, offering quick access to virtual Behavioral Health support when needed. Employees can be directed to other types of care options such as virtual physical therapy, through referrals made directly from CirrusMD or Alight. “At CirrusMD we are reimagining the point of care to provide the time and information needed to support a productive dialog between patient and physician, giving both the time and information they need for exceptional care experiences,” said Jamie Hall, president and CEO of CirrusMD. “This strategic agreement represents an important milestone in advancing virtual primary care, combining the strengths of Alight Solutions and CirrusMD to transform the healthcare experience for individuals and employers alike.” CirrusMD boasts an 83% issue resolution rate and an 93% overall patient satisfaction rate, and serves notable customers including health plans, large employers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. About Alight Solutions Alight is a leading cloud-based human capital technology and services provider that powers confident health, wealth and wellbeing decisions for 36 million people and dependents. Our Alight Worklife® platform combines data and analytics with a simple, seamless user experience. Supported by our global delivery capabilities, Alight Worklife is transforming the employee experience for people around the world. With personalized, data-driven health, wealth, pay and wellbeing insights, Alight brings people the security of better outcomes and peace of mind throughout life’s big moments and most important decisions. About CirrusMD CirrusMD delivers Physician-first Care & Guidance, a smart care model founded in the tenets of Advanced Primary Care. It brings together activated members with trusted physicians, relevant resources, and smart technology to change healthcare as we know it. CirrusMD improves speed to care, removes barriers to physicians, brings patient data into the care encounter, and promotes transparency at the point of referral. We believe that when you provide immediate, affordable care at scale you can drive the change needed to improve health and lower cost across an entire population.

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beqom Announces Its Acquisition of PayAnalytics, Solidifying Its Position as the First Advanced Platform for Pay Equity and Total Compensation

beqom | December 14, 2023

beqom, a provider of compensation and performance management solutions, announced it will acquire PayAnalytics, a cutting edge pay and workplace equity software provider. The global movement toward workplace equality has made it imperative for organizations to address wage gap challenges head on, for both competitive and regulatory reasons. beqom's acquisition of PayAnalytics means that companies can now embed pay equity into their compensation processes and daily decision-making, to create a culture of fair pay, build on a data-driven compensation strategy, and meet global pay equity regulatory requirements. The acquisition positions beqom uniquely in the market as provider of the most complete advanced total compensation and pay equity solution. The PayAnalytics solution, designed by a team of data scientists and HR leaders, empowers companies to analyze pay for gender and other forms of demographic fairness, and take appropriate action. Through multivariate regression analysis, it identifies factors influencing pay and proposes remedies for unexplained pay gaps. By delivering these advanced analytic capabilities in the context of a plug-and-play pay equity methodology, PayAnalytics will add the capability to embed instant and always-on pay equity into the real-time compensation processes managed by beqom, supporting data-driven pay decisions for new hires, merit increases, and promotions. beqom's compensation modeling optimizes the budget impact for pay equity remediation scenarios. Together, the solutions will provide companies with unprecedented abilities to attract and retain talent, drive performance, and optimize costs, while ensuring compliance and reducing risk. "Pay equity is no longer a niche area, it's a business essential, and the focus must go well beyond compliance and risk. Our in-depth research shows that companies that excel in pay equity have higher profitability, greater customer satisfaction, innovate better, and win the war for talent," says Kathi Enderes, Senior Vice President Research and Global Industry Analyst at The Josh Bersin Company. "Done right, pay equity is not a once-a-year-project but a way to run the company for equity. The right technology is vital because it's a complex undertaking. Combining the advanced pay equity capabilities of PayAnalytics with beqom's total compensation platform means that companies can embed a consistent and continuous focus on fair pay in their entire talent lifecycle, helping make their rewards function systemic and accomplishing higher rewards maturity." Customers can expect business as usual while having the possibility of benefiting from the expanded range of solution capabilities. Both companies are committed to maintaining the high level of service expected by their customers, while offering them broader and deeper functionality and expertise in compensation and pay equity management., Each will continue to drive product innovation in their respective domains, while tightening the integration between the two suites of products. "What distinguished the PayAnalytics solution and team for us was their specialized expertise and sophisticated data approach enabled by a great product. Additionally, the company's headquarters in Iceland places them strategically with a global perspective, straddling both the EU and the US. This unique positioning gives PayAnalytics an inherently global DNA and mindset, a distinction that beqom, headquartered in Switzerland, can appreciate firsthand," says Fabio Ronga, beqom CEO and co-founder. "Consequently, PayAnalytics exhibits a deep understanding and proven experience in navigating the complexities of global enterprises dealing with diverse local regulations. These factors serve as key differentiators that set the solution apart from others in the market. We look forward to working with the whole team on keeping PayAnalytics at the forefront of pay equity software solutions, and to bring that expertise to beqom's customers." "We founded PayAnalytics to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying data analytics and arming HR managers with quantitative decision-making tools," says Sigurjon Palsson, PayAnalytics CEO and co-founder. "We are excited now to join forces with beqom and take pay equity to the next level. By linking those analytics to compensation processes, customers now will be able to close the loop and create a culture of continuous fair pay." beqom was founded in 2009 with the mission to help the world's largest enterprises keep their people motivated and productive through comprehensive, equitable, and transparent performance and rewards. PayAnalytics was founded in 2016 to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying quantitative decision-making tools. About beqom beqom is a unified total compensation platform — managing compensation, employee performance, sales performance, pay equity, and recognition all in one place. beqom makes it easy for HR teams to handle every aspect of total compensation management at scale by empowering HR leaders to personalize compensation strategies with their organizations' needs. With beqom, employees understand their value, perform at their peak, and are rewarded fairly for their contributions. About PayAnalytics PayAnalytics is a cloud-based software solution that enables HR managers and consultants to conduct their own salary review, measure gender and other demographic discrepancies in pay, and offers recommendations on how to close pay gaps. Their reporting and visualization tools allow HR managers to understand the impact of hiring, promotion, and salary adjustment decisions on pay gaps, and to understand trends in their pay structure.

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When I Work Launches Payroll to Revolutionize Workforce Management for Small Businesses

When I Work | January 08, 2024

When I Work, a market leader in shift-based workforce management software used by more than 200,000 workplaces worldwide, is excited to announce its new product, When I Work Payroll. When I Work Payroll is designed to make it incredibly easy for small businesses to run payroll. Because the employee schedule and time tracking data are on the same platform with payroll, businesses can pay their hourly workers quickly, with a single click. There's no data entry or uploading timesheets, so there's less chance for errors, letting small business owners spend time on their customers, instead of being stuck in the back office. "It's been great to have all of our scheduling and payroll information in one place. We don't have to verify numbers in two places anymore—we're able to verify and run payroll in 10 minutes now," said Tim Hogg, owner of Tressia, a popular North Carolina restaurant. Payroll from When I Work is comprehensive. Your employees track their time by clocking in and out of the mobile app and our payroll software calculates all the data in real time, including hours, breaks, overtime, and paid time off. When I Work automates payments and tax filings to make everything transparent. Employees can update their own payroll forms and personal information through the app. The system automatically handles taxes and sends direct deposits. When I Work also files your payroll taxes with the IRS. "We consistently hear stories from small business owners about the countless hours they spend manually syncing and reconciling errors between systems," said Kavitha Radhakrishnan, Chief Product Officer at When I Work. "Our customers want an easier alternative to legacy payroll software, and they have a long history of trust with us, so we created Payroll for them. Now our small business customers can focus their valuable time on what they do best—building their teams and running their business." About When I Work When I Work is a market leader in shift-based workforce management software and delivers a powerful, employee-first experience that creates happier and more productive teams. Trusted by more than 200,000 workplaces worldwide, When I Work puts scheduling and collaboration at the center of workplace operations and brings empathy, agility, and consumer simplicity to the small business workplace.

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