KBI + Rippling vs Gusto

Human Resources, Information Technology

You invest your time and energy into building your company and when success takes off for you, you need to align yourself with partners who can and will grow with you. We are proud to say that KBI has recently joined forces with Rippling, a full-service HR and IT company that can serve you as you grow from 1 to 1,000 employees.

by Chris Freitas

Top 5 Learning Metrics to Watch

Employee Training, HR, Human Resources, KBI Blog, Education

How much job training equates to time wasted:  About 20%, according to one LinkedIn study.  That’s the percentage of learners who never apply their training to their job.  That same study says 67% of learners apply the lessons learned, but in the end, revert to previous habits.  Another study found 45% of training content is never applied.

by Mike Radakovich


Human Resources, PTO

Question: Should we include holidays, PTO, vacation, or other leave taken during the workweek in calculating overtime premium pay under FLSA rules?

by Chris Freitas

Ask the Experts: Executive-Only Medical Plans

Benefits Plans, COBRA, Human Resources, IRS

Question: Our company offers group medical and dental plans for all employees. We also have an executive-only medical plan that covers out-of-pocket expenses that the regular group plan does not pay. Does COBRA apply to the executive-only plan? Do we have to include it in our summary plan description (SPD)?

by Mike Radakovich

Gig Economy 101

Gig Economy, Human Resources

By now you’ve heard of the term “gig economy” but you may not know what it means. Is it describing the economy of musicians as they work gigs? Does it mean something about computers and the measurement of space allotted for their programs? Does it have something to do with fishing? Well, not exactly. But, have no fear! We will break this term down into easy bites and you’ll be an expert on the gig economy in no time.

by Chris Freitas

Tips for Preparing Form 5500

Benefit Advisors, Forms, Human Resources, IRS

At this time of year, many employers and benefit advisors begin preparing Form 5500, the annual report required for most employee benefit plans. Form 5500 must be filed with the federal government within seven months after the end of the plan year. For calendar-year plans, that means the plan’s 2018 Form 5500 is due July 31, 2019.

by Chris Freitas

How to Incorporate Design Thinking into HR Processes

HR Leadership, HR Technology, Human Resources

It’s everywhere you look these days: “modern HR, “the new HR,” the “future of work”—all of  which naturally leads to discussion of new skills needed in the modern world of HR. We can’t pick up a magazine or attend a conference without seeing one of these critical skills mentioned: design thinking.

by Mike Radakovich

Hot Trends in HR

Custom Content, Employment, Human Resources

2019 has ushered in many new trends such as retro cartoon character timepieces, meatless hamburgers, and 5G networks to name a few. Not surprisingly, trend-watching doesn’t stop with pop culture, fashion, and technology. Your company’s human resources department should also take notice of the top changes in the marketplace, so they are poised to attract and retain the best talent. These top trends include a greater emphasis on soft skills, increased workforce flexibility, and salary transparency.

by Chris Freitas

The Risks are Real

Employers, Human Resources, People Risk, Risk

Even when you proactively anticipate all the people risks that have the potential to impact your workplace, it’s easy to convince yourself there is no risk to youthat it will never happen here.

by Mike Radakovich

Legislative Cleanup: California Senate Attempts to Clear Up S.B. 1343 Sexual Harassment Training Confusion | California Benefits Agency

Employers, Human Resources, Risk Management

On February 26, 2019, California Senate Bill 778 was introduced to clear up confusion about when employers are required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training and education under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (as amended by Senate Bill 1343) and when retraining is required. Read about S.B. 1343 in our blog.

by Mike Radakovich