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Featuring product release updates, industry views and news, and the latest from our valued clients and customers. 

Digital HR for small businesses

Digital HR for small businesses

The digital world is changing how we live, how we work, and how business is organized and conducted. For HR and business leaders, this digital transformation poses two fundamental challenges. First, HR can help business leaders and employees shift to a digital mindset, a digital way of managing, organizing, and leading change. Second, HR has the opportunity to revolutionize the entire employee experience by transforming HR processes, systems, and the HR organization via new digital platforms, apps, and ways of delivering HR services.

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA Reporting - Flock simplifies the process

ACA reporting isn’t a simple business...it’s confusing, and, more importantly, it’s new to most brokers and employers alike. Flock has offered an ACA reporting solution since this became a requirement in 2016 with passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

You focus on your core business, let Flock handle your HR activities.

You focus on your core business, let Flock handle your HR activities.

Flock is an all-in-one software platform designed to better manage your HR administration, benefits, and compliance. We provide a paperless and automated system for the painful, but very important administrative tasks required to onboard and continuously manage your employees.

Open Enrollment Season

Open Enrollment Season

It’s no secret that a robust and competitive benefits platform is one of the best tools to recruit and retain the best and the brightest talent in your industry.

Employee vacation tracking made easy with Flock

Employee vacation tracking made easy with Flock

Having trouble keeping track of all your employee time-off requests and holiday schedules?

Add Flock's easy to use time-off tool to your wish list. Flock can simplify your employee time-off tracking and reporting needs, as well as provide employees an elegant onboarding and benefits experience. 

We are giving back this holiday season.

We are giving back this holiday season.

Thanksgiving 2017 came in a week early for Flock.

’Tis the season of giving, and one of the most rewarding aspects of running a small business is having the freedom and flexibility to make a difference in the community. 

ACA Update - Second Transitional Payments Due

ACA Update - Second Transitional Payments Due

Friendly Reminder: Your second transitional reinsurance payment is due November 15, 2017. This is for employers who opted for the Two-Part Contribution payment program.

Traditional HR vs Digital HR

Traditional HR vs Digital HR

Like many companies in the United States today, you're challenged with the overwhelming tasks of processing all HR activities. From sourcing the right candidate to onboarding, managing payroll, and benefits to offboarding an employee. Lean more about Flock's all-in-one solution.

Introducing FLOCK-A-THON: our very first Hackathon!

Introducing FLOCK-A-THON: our very first Hackathon!

Traditionally, a hackathon is when a team of computer programmers, software developers, and product designers get together to code, brainstorm, and come up with new ideas and features for a product in a limited amount of time.

But here at Flock, the fun is not just for the engineers but the entire team including the customer success, marketing, and sales folks. It’s more like an idea-a-thon!

Product Release | 11.03.17

Product Release | 11.03.17

Daylight savings may have passed, but Flock has raised our game in time for another flock-tastic product release. Packed with new features and enhancements, our latest update delivers an engaging and personalized experience for Employees, HR Administrators and Brokers alike.

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Join us as we unlock the powerful features Flock offers to solve the mission critical tasks facing companies today.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

Join us for an informative webinar with Flock, and learn how to best prepare for the upcoming ACA deadlines! We’ll review the intricacies of the ACA reporting requirements and what you must do to be in compliance!

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

Join us for an informative webinar with Flock, and learn how to best prepare for the upcoming ACA deadlines! We’ll review the intricacies of the ACA reporting requirements and what you must do to be in compliance!

ACA Update

ACA Update

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced an increase in the applicable dollar amount used to determine the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee which came about during the passage of the ACA. This applies to plan years that end on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018.

NYC Hiring Alert! - What Employers Need to Know

NYC Hiring Alert! - What Employers Need to Know

New York City has released a set of FAQ’s in anticipation of a new local law which will prohibit employers from asking or relying on a candidate's salary history while interviewing and hiring to fill a vacant or newly created position. 

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

ACA Compliance. Simplified.

Learn how to best prepare for the upcoming ACA deadlines! We’ll review the intricacies of the ACA reporting requirements and what you must do to be in compliance!

Product Release | 09.26.17

Product Release | 09.26.17

Flock has been on another product sprint to build out a second product release for the month of September! We are excited to bring this new functionality to our Human Resource Administrators and Trusted Broker Partners prior to the Q4 plan renewal and ACA reporting season. 

Flock Raises $3.5 Million in Series A Funding led by The Hartford Strategic Ventures

Flock Raises $3.5 Million in Series A Funding led by The Hartford Strategic Ventures

SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, 2017 - Flock, the all-in-one software platform to manage human resources (HR), benefits, and compliance, today announced $3.5 million in Series A financing led by The Hartford with participation from existing investors. The funding will help Flock accelerate market expansion and ongoing development of its leading edge HR and benefits administration platform.

Simplify your HR & Benefits, and say hello at: www.helloflock.com.

What is a full time employee under ACA rules?

What is a full time employee under ACA rules?

What are the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act also known as, "pay or play"? It requires applicable large employers ("ALEs")—typically those with at least 50 full-time employees or 50 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) to offer both affordable & minimum coverage health insurance to full-time employees (and offered to dependents) or the ALE will be subject to pay a penalty tax if any full-time employee becomes certified to receive a premium subsidy for purchasing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Calculating a FTE(s)

An employee is a full-time employee for a calendar month if he/she averages at least 30 hours of service per week. additionally, 130 hours of service in a given calendar month is also treated as the monthly equivalent of at least 30 hours of service per week.

What does an actual hour of service mean?

  • Each hour for which an employee is paid, or entitled to payment, for the performance of duties for the employer or which duties are NOT performed due to vacation, holiday, illness, incapacity (including disability), layoff, jury duty, military duty, or leave of absence.

Recently, the IRS addressed a question from an employee whose employer enforced a new policy restricting part-time or seasonal employees from working more than 29 hours of service in any week. The IRS affirmed the prior guidance and advised if an employee who works an average of 30 or more hours of service per week during any given month could potentially trigger the employer's liability under pay or play for that given month. Interestingly enough, the IRS also stated this penalty would only be triggered if the employee sought and gained a subsidy through the marketplace exchange. Read more about it here.

 


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