Magazine article Workforce

Administer Benefits Online

Magazine article Workforce

Administer Benefits Online

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Many an HR department has found itself mired in the benefits bureaucracy. Like quicksand, it can slowly envelop everybody who crosses its path. According to industry estimates, between 10 percent and 30 percent of all employee information changes every month, with perhaps a half-dozen people handling and approving various forms and paperwork.

Hassles begone. One company hopes to change all that. Employease Inc. (http://www.employease.com) of Atlanta has introduced software that automates benefits administration and reduces paperwork by using the Net. Companies with 25 to 2,000 employees or more can zap data to Employease, which handles the processing of monthly invoices and generates enrollment forms, annual benefits statements and more. "It gives Joe's automotive repair or Jane's Flower shop the same capabilities of an Oracle or Microsoft," says John J. Nail, the company's CEO.

It works on a simple enough premise: an HR department connects to Employease's site (which uses military-grade encryption, firewalls and password protection) and then uploads data for processing. …

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