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HR Consulting

Have you encountered an HR situation where you wished you had someone to steer you in the right direction or assure you that you’re in compliance? That’s why GBS Benefits offers live HR support through our HR Consulting services. Our human resources experts provide employers with help on various topics, like employee relations, staffing, and employment compliance.

Human Resources Consulting Services

Employee interaction in the workplace can, at times, become complicated. Our HR Consulting services take the guesswork out of day-to-day staff operations and HR compliance issues, so you have time to focus on everything else your job requires of you. Working with GBS Benefits it’s like having an HR consultant in your back pocket.

In addition to having a trusted consultant source to contact, we offer an online HR library with training courses, summaries, and convenient templates for everything from offer letters to severance agreements, so you don’t have to start from scratch.

*HR Consulting services are not contingent upon the sale of an insurance product.

HR Consulting FAQs

Some of our most frequently asked HR Consulting questions:

What is FMLA leave?

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 requires employers to grant up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in the event of a serious health condition. The purpose is to enable the employee to attend to the serious health condition of the employee’s spouse, children under the age of 18 (or older if certified as incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability), parents, or the employee themselves. Eligibility does not include parents-in-law. The FMLA provides for 12 to 26 weeks of unpaid leave for military families. To be eligible, you must have been employed for at least one year and have worked for 1250 hours over the past 12 months. At the end of the FMLA leave, you have the right to be restored to your original position or a position with equal employment terms, pay, and benefits.

What is a qualifying life event?

Qualifying life events refer to specific circumstances that trigger Special Enrollment Period eligibility for health care coverage. Strict guidelines determine exactly what qualifies as a life event. Some include marriage, divorce, or having a child. Involuntarily losing previously held health insurance also qualifies as a qualifying life event. Other events may also qualify. See your summary plan description for details.

What is a Highly Compensated Employee (HCE)?

A highly compensated employee (HCE) is an individual with more than 5% ownership in a company or one who makes more than $120,000 per year (in 2015).

Are employees with disabilities protected from employment discrimination?

Employment discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities” is prohibited by law. This includes applicants for employment and employees. An individual is considered to have a “disability” if she or he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as being impaired. Persons discriminated against because they have a known association or relationship with an individual with a disability may also be protected.

The impairment must substantially limit major life activities such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, and performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working. An individual with epilepsy, paralysis, HIV infection, AIDS, a substantial hearing or visual impairment, mental retardation, or a specific learning disability is covered, but an individual with a minor, non-chronic condition of short duration generally is not covered.

We simplify human resources

Need a hand with your HR program? Let our HR consultants help. We’re here for questions, specialized training, and support. We’ll also provide templates for commonly used forms, documents, and policies.

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