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What Happens If I Leave My Company Before Becoming Fully Vested?

Vesting is a process through which employees gradually earn ownership of benefits provided by their employer, such as retirement savings through 401(k) plans or stock options. This process is vital to retaining and motivating employees, as it rewards their long-term service and encourages loyalty and commitment. Vesting opportunities attract top talent and foster employee engagement and dedication, ultimately contributing to the company’s success and stability....

How to Create a Safer Workplace in Any Industry

National Safety Month in June serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of safety in every facet of our lives. The significance of safety plays a significant role in the place where most of us spend most of our week: the workplace. Business owners should prioritize safety as it directly impacts employee well-being, productivity, and overall success. Ensuring a safe work environment reduces the...

When Can I Use Short-Term Disability?

May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month, a time for underscoring the importance of understanding the various types of disability insurance and how they can provide financial protection against the costs and burdens of sustaining a disability. Short-term disability insurance is a type of insurance policy that offers coverage for specific life events, providing income replacement when you’re unable to work due to illness, injury, or...

Navigating Large Loss in a Small Business

Having your own business can be an extremely rewarding endeavor. All businesses encounter risks, but successful ones know how to approach those risks in a calculated and strategic fashion. However, even calculated decisions sometimes cannot predict situations that lead to financial loss. Specifically, business losses occur when operating expenses exceed the revenue earned during a certain period. A wide range of variables can lead to...

What Happens if I Don’t Use My FSA Funds by the End of the Plan Year?

Given the complexities associated with the health insurance industry in the United States, more people are turning to tax-advantaged alternatives like Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Employers offer FSAs as part of a group benefits package. Unfortunately, funds in an FSA are subject to a “use-it-or-lose-it” rule, where unused funds are forfeited at the end of the plan’s term. Therefore, strategic...