We look forward to working with TPS Group next year
As another year ends, I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to you and TPS Group for assigning us Krista Blier. Krista provides exceptional customer service and has been a major asset to me and Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C. She is extremely knowledgeable and always accessible. Always on top of the RMD’s, giving me an explanation on form 5500-SF to present to Mr. Keefe & keeping us updated with any account changes as well as specifics. It is a relief knowing I have full faith in Krista and can turn a blind eye to our account. I cannot tell you how many vendors/brokers I have to stay on top of and babysit to make sure our deadlines are met and to perform their job duties. Krista is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with her and TPS Group next year.
- Michael Panela
"Answers All Of My Questions In A Clear Manner"
Our case administrator, Susan, has been absolutely wonderful and is a joy to work with. She is very knowledgeable, patient, answers all of my questions in a clear manner, and is professional.
- Kathy Townsend
They are a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend their services.
For many years we’ve relied on TPS Group’s extensive knowledge and industry expertise to keep us in compliance with state and federal regulations as well as changes in the law. Their attention to detail is just what we need to keep our business operations running smoothly. They are a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend their services.
- Dan Neal
TPS filled in the gaps within our small HR department
Working with Kim and her talented team helped us fill in the gaps within our small HR department. I strongly recommend TPS for HR tasks that don’t warrant hiring a full-time team. Thanks again Kim!
- Jake F
Dependable, experienced, and professional
Dependable, experienced, and professional, our TPS Group recruiter was an invaluable resource, helping us locate and vet quality talent.
- Tyler R. Vunk
HR Consultant Services
Performance Management Plans
TPS understands that managing employees is a time-consuming and draining supervisory requirement. Through our experience with a broad spectrum of organizations, we further understand that performance requirements and standards vary greatly from organization to organization. Performance standards required in one organization may be different or not important to another.READ MORE »
Gain better control of your cash flow and expenses. Our workers’ compensation services provide efficiencies by having premiums based on your actual payroll deducted automatically from each payroll cycle. No up-front deposits requirement (to avoid year-end audit issues) and a time savings on administration.READ MORE »
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires that employers follow specific guidelines when notifying individuals of their benefit continuation rights under Health and Welfare plans. Employers may face heavy government fines and penalties if found in non-compliance of COBRA requirements.READ MORE »
Group Medical Insurance
Every year the cost of health insurance is increasing, making it difficult to continue to offer it to your employees and retirees. When we meet with an employer group, first and every time, we’ll ask questions to put together a comparison of plans based on your answers and the best value. We’re here to help make it an effortless process.READ MORE »
Health Reimbursement Accounts
Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA) may work in conjunction with any insurance plan. It can be designed to cover specific health expenses, or insurance plan cost-sharing, such as co-pays, coinsurance or a portion of the deductible on a High Deductible Health Plan. HRAs are funded and owned solely by the employer and are utilized for the benefit of employees to cover the cost of medical expenses chosen by you.READ MORE »
As a business owner in New York with employees, you know the state mandates disability coverage for your employees that get sick or hurt off the job. NYS DBL provides coverage up to 26 weeks for your employees. For a very affordable rate you can enhance this coverage, increasing the weekly amount available.READ MORE »
Group Life Insurance
No one likes to think about prematurely dying, but the reality is it happens. Protecting those left behind is what life insurance is all about. Whether the goal is to pay off debt, like a mortgage, cover lost income or retirement, or give children the ability to continue to go to college. It’s care when someone is no longer here.READ MORE »
HR Consultant Team Members
HR Consultant Resources
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
- Federal wage and hour law
- Exempt and non-exempt employee status
- Compliance assistance
- Independent contractor rules for DOL
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Federal tax laws, rules and forms
- Businesses and individuals
- Independent contractor rules for IRS
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination & enforcement
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Benefit plan compliance and assistance (health and retirement) COBRA HIPPA
COBRA Information & Notices for Continuation of Health Coverage
COBRA Continuation Coverage - Resources for Employers, Advisers, Workers & Families
HR Consultant Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why would a company consider HR Help Desk services?
Many companies and organizations rely on HR help desk services. Providers of these services often also offer guidance on key Human Resources functional areas including general policies, recruitment, benefits, discipline & documentation as well as compliance areas.
By teaming up with an HR consulting firm like the TPS Group of HR Consultants has experience in a broad spectrum of industries and small and large size organizations.
Most employers want their provider to be able to extend their services to all areas of benefits, compensation, staff development and training, policy administration and much more. When you utilize HR Help Desk Services at TPS Group, you gain access to the knowledge and experience of an entire team rather than one or more individuals on staff that are juggling other in-house responsibilities.
Q: Why do employers need Hiring & Recruiting Services?
Recruiting top workers should be a priority for every business, and your company should be no different. However, locating and attracting top talent is more competitive than ever.
Employers turn to HR consulting firms that can assist with Hiring & Recruiting for many different reasons and we find that there are a variety of circumstances that lead a company to require professional hiring & recruiting services.
Most often, employers utilize our services when one or more of the following is the case:
- They need assistance in analyzing the required duties and requirements of the position.
- They aren’t sure of the skills, experience and compensation range required for the position.
- They don’t have enough time to recruit the open position.
- They have had trouble filling the job for an extended period.
- They do not have internal staff who are proficient in interviewing who may be unaware of employment laws affecting recruiting and interviewing.
- They have seen high turnover rates for the position and seek expert help.
Q: What does a company have to do after establishing a profit sharing plan?
If you establish a profit-sharing plan, you:
- Can have other retirement plans
- Can be a business of any size
- Need to annually file a Form 5500
Q: What topics are typically covered at a HR (Human Resources) training workshop?
A training workshop is usually provided in an individual or group setting.
Topics covered typically relate to Human Resources and Workforce Management. Many Human Resources Consultants offer an extensive catalog of on-site or off-site training topics conducted by our Consultants and affiliates.
Topics covered at a HR Training Workshop should include, but are not limited to:
- Performance Management
- Effective Interviewing
- Supervisory Training
- Leadership Training
- Effective Communication
- Change Management
- Employment Law
- Conflict Resolution
- Helping Employee's Grow
- Effective Job Descriptions
HR Consultant Articles
Cycle 3 Restatements: Here’s What You Need to Know
The Internal Revenue service requires all qualified retirement plans to update their plan documents every 6 years, in a formal process called a “plan restatement.” ...
Going Paperless with Retirement Plans
In July 2020, the Department of Labor finalized a rule that makes it easier for retirement plan sponsors to send certain retirement plan documents to covered ...
New IRS Rules to Correct Plan Failures
Retirement plan sponsors and those who work to correct plan failures need to know that as of July 16, 2021, the IRS has extended the self-correction period ...
Are You at Risk for a Lawsuit? How HR Analysis can Save Employers from Costly Litigation
The last thing that Eric needed was the news that a former employee had filed a lawsuit against his company alleging discrimination. The owner of a manufacturing ...
Financial Wellness and Emergency Savings
Money is a leading cause of stress for most Americans, even those considered wealthy. Surveys show that people worry about retirement savings, unexpected ...
Pros and Cons of Annuities vs. Lump Sum Payouts for Defined Benefit Plans
At age 66 and widowed, Eric was ready to retire and faced with a choice: take a one-time lump sum benefit equal to the $550,000 he had in his defined benefit ...
Season’s Greetings from TPS Group
To our Friends and Associates – Each year during the holiday season, we take great pleasure in setting aside time from our regular work to send a heartfelt ...
Top Fears of Employees Approaching Retirement
The decision to retire often brings a mix of emotions: relief, excitement, and anticipation of more time to relax, travel, and pursue other interests. ...
From Office to Zoom: Managing Remote Employees
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses to allow employees to work from home. In many cases this switch was a rapid one and for companies unaccustomed ...
Performance Development vs Performance Management: Is it Time for a Change?
“I’ve been doing performance reviews for the past 20 years, and I’ve never gone back and looked at any of them once they were submitted.” “I usually just ...
Pros and Cons of CARES Act Retirement Account Withdrawals
Bob’s wife, Angie, was laid off from her job in retail when the pandemic began and stores closed their doors. To make matters worse, Bob became infected ...
TPS Talks Newsletter | Apr. - May 2020 | Issue 1
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Paying Fees From Plan Assets
COVID-19 is obviously causing financial stress and, when it comes to your qualified retirement plan, you may be looking for ways to reduce expenses. You ...
What should I do if my employees are making more money on unemployment and don’t want to return to work?
A provision in the CARES Act provides unemployed workers with a $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit on top of state unemployment benefits. In some ...
Can an Employee Take FMLA Leave During a Furlough?
During a furlough, an employee remains employed and usually remains eligible for benefits (depending on the terms of the employer’s policies and plan documents). ...
COVID-19 and Workplace Stress: Tips for Managers and Leaders
As the engines of the economy restart in phases, many business leaders are grappling with concerns about the welfare and safety of their employees and ...
CEFEX, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, has renewed the certification of TPS Group
RECORDKEEPER/ADMINISTRATOR RENEWS CERTIFICATION TO INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES PITTSBURGH, May 27, 2020, CEFEX, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, has ...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Nearly 450 Million people worldwide are currently living with some level of mental illness including anxiety, depression ...
How the CARES Act Applies to Your Retirement Plan
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IRS 5500 Extension
The IRS has published some good news for Form 5500 filers—well, some Form 5500 filers. Under Notice 2020-23, released April 9, the extensions generally ...
The CARES Act and Retirement Plans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Key provisions ...
CT Recovery Bridge Loan Program
Coronavirus Business Recovery TPS Group will continue representing the interests of you and your employees during this crisis and keep you informed of ...
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
As America has nearly shut down overnight due to the coronavirus pandemic, we understand employers are faced with growing concerns about how to manage ...
IRS Extends 2019 Qualified Plan, IRA, HSA Contribution Deadlines
The IRS on March 24 updated its website to indicate that it has extended until July 15, 2020 the deadlines for making contributions to workplace-based ...
TPS Group Statement On COVID-19 Outbreak
At TPS Group, we care deeply about the safety of our employees, customers, and communities. Due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) ...
Dealing with Coronavirus: Employer Considerations
As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases increases in the United States, employers are faced with growing concerns about how to manage the impact ...
HR Outsourcing and the Small Business Owner
Small businesses in America employ the majority of the nation’s private workforce, and most include Human Resources professionals as part of their team ...
IRS Announces 2020 Pension Plan Limitations
401(k) contribution limit increases to $19,500 for 2020; catch-up limit rises to $6,500 The Internal Revenue Service announced that employees in 401(k) ...
Social Media in the Workplace: Productivity Killer or Boost?
Is checking your Facebook feed, tweeting to friends or posting a vacation photo on Instagram while you’re at work a violation of your employer’s social ...
The Cost of Aging: Are You Ready?
Forty-five years old, married with two teens, and employed full-time, Shannon struggled to care for her aging parents as their health deteriorated. Her ...
Cash Balance Plans Allow Six Figure Annual Contributions
Cash Balance Plans Allow Six Figure Contributions Most people can contribute to their 401(k) without worrying about exceeding the annual contribution ...
Steps To Take To Protect Your Investments
Retirement accounts have become an attractive target for cyber-thieves, and fraudulent activity is on the rise nationally. Here are important steps to ...
Gen Z in the Workplace: Are Companies Ready?
Young adults of Generation Z, defined as the cohort of people born from 1997 on, are entering the workforce and will change the rule book just as the Millennials ...
The Vanishing Employee: “Ghosting” at Work
It’s a new, startling labor trend in one of the strongest job markets in 19 years: “ghosting.” Once a term used primarily in the dating world to describe ...
The Sobering Facts about Health Care Costs in Retirement
Unless you are one of the lucky few with a lifetime medical plan paid for by your employer, health care costs are one of the largest expenses in retirement ...
Should You Borrow from Your 401(k) Account?
Eric’s landlord was raising the rent again, and this time Eric decided he was ready to move out and buy his own house. After meeting with a loan officer ...
Are You Taking Advantage of Your Employer’s Matching Contribution?
Many employees don’t contribute enough to their 401(k) to take full advantage of their employer’s matching contribution. Are you one of them? Maybe you ...
"Hot Topics in HR" Complimentary Seminar
Don't Miss This Opportunity! "Hot Topics in HR" Complimentary Seminar November 13, 2018 You are invited to a complimentary seminar and brunch buffet ...
Publication: Solutions in a Flash Volume/Issue: October 2018 Managing Re-Hires Aaron R. Moody As we approach Halloween, let’s take a look at a real ...
Salary Deferral Deposits: Avoiding Fiduciary Violations
For the 401(k) fiduciary, the importance of timely salary deferral deposits cannot be overstated. An employer that fails to remit employee contributions ...
Sexual Harassment Training: Is Your Company in Compliance?
The recent spate of sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood and in companies all over the country should serve as a reminder to employers about their ...
4 Great Reasons Why Even Small Businesses Need HR Services
For most businesses, their workforce is not only their biggest asset but their largest expense. No matter how small or large the business, strategic management ...
Key Facts Employers Need to Know Employers who offer 401(k) Profit Sharing Plans must meet standards of conduct and practice under ERISA, but misconceptions ...