"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
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) ...
Managing Millennials: What Employers Need to Know
For many workers of the Baby Boomer generation, working long hours and leaving vacation time on the table is not uncommon. A 2016 Bankrate survey found ...
Understanding Why a QDIA Matters
Understanding Why a QDIA Matters Auto-enrollment has been proven to be effective in raising participation rates in 401(k) plans. As a result, it's been ...
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor ...
What Keeps Plan Sponsors Up at Night?
Plan sponsors have a lot on their plates. At the 2019 National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) Summit, a panel of plan sponsors expressed their chief ...
Did You Know You Are a Fiduciary?
When it comes to the topic of fiduciary responsibilities for qualified retirement plans, there are three things we know really well: Plan sponsors like ...
401(k) Plans: A Win-Win for Employers and Employees
If you’re an employer and don’t offer a 401(k) plan, you could be missing out on key benefits for you and your business. First, offering a 401(k) helps ...
The Loan They Never Take May Make All the Difference
IRS rules provide for participant loans and hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and other plans. They’re not required, but rather left to the discretion of ...
It’s a Juggling Act: How to Save for Retirement and Still Pay Your Bills
When you’re in your twenties and thirties, retirement seems like a long way off. Steve and Kim, both Millennials with a new house, two cars, and a baby ...
Auto Enrollment and Auto-Escalation
When we think about the important goals we've reached in our lives, like graduating from college or achieving a career milestone, the journey likely took ...
Dangers of not using accurate data for compensation benchmarking
When it comes to compensation, “benchmarking” has become one of the hottest terms around. Accurate compensation benchmarking helps organizations maintain ...
Plan Fiduciary Services and Why They Matter
3(16) Fiduciary Service and Why You Should Care People who exercise control and authority over the management of a retirement plan's assets are fiduciaries. ...
Recordkeeper/Administrator Renews Certification To Industry Best Practices
PITTSBURGH, 05/14/2019– CEFEX, Centre for Fiduciary Excellence, LLC, has renewed the certification of TPS Group, headquartered in North Haven, CT as adhering ...
Should You Refinance Your Student Loans?
If you’re struggling to pay down your student loans, you’re not alone. About 44.7 million Americans carry student loan debt, with an average monthly payment ...
When to Set Sail with Safe Harbor
When to Set Sail with Safe Harbor You already know that a 401(k) is a very popular retirement plan and, like other plan designs, it allows your employees ...
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 ...
Financial Wellness Is Essential to Saving for Retirement
Financial Wellness – It’s Essential to Saving for Retirement Introducing a workplace retirement plan can be a compelling way for emplyees to take control ...
Defined Benefit Plans are Alive and Well
Defined Benefit Plans are Alive and Well For the most part, the news about Defined Benefit plans lately has not been particularly good. Whether a big ...
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 ...
To Roth or Not to Roth
To Roth or Not to Roth A compelling feature of a 401(k) plan has always been the opportunity to contribute money from your current income on a pre-tax ...
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 ...
TPS Group Now Offers 3(16) Plan Administration
With TPS 3(16) Service, LLC as the 3(16) fiduciary, employers can rest easy knowing that all plan decisions are made in the best interest of the participants. Does ...
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 ...
Cybersecurity Threats and Retirement Plans
Are you at risk of a cyber-attack? The answer to that question is yes. Millions of credit card numbers and other forms of personal information are stolen ...
Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Plans: Key Points for Employers
The Davis-Bacon Act is a federal prevailing wage law governed by the Department of Labor that applies to contractors and subcontractors who perform work ...
Boost Retirement Savings with a HSA
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) offer significant tax advantages and can be an effective way to cover health care costs in retirement. By law, HSAs are ...
Maximizing Social Security Income
Bill and Sue, a married couple seeking advice from their financial advisor, felt that they were in a quandary. At age 62, Bill wanted to retire within ...
How Cash Balance Plans are Redefining the Retirement Savings Industry
Although the traditional annuity defined pension plan has mostly gone the way of the rotary phone, cash balance plans are growing in popularity, especially ...
Are Millennials Saving for Retirement?
Samantha, age 27, is a special education teacher in her third year of teaching. She and her fiancé have just bought their first home and are planning their ...
CEFEX Certification: The 'Gold Standard' in TPA Validation
Advisors and plan sponsors benchmark plan fees, nvestments and other services that can be provided by a record keeping platform, but rarely have I encountered ...
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 ...