Benefits Manager

Charlestown, MA 02129

Posted: 01/08/2019 Employment Type: Contract to Perm Specialty: Human Resources/Training Job Number: 82778

Our client is seeking a Benefits Manager to join their support center in Charlestown, MA. In this contract-to-hire role, you will manage and administer the Company’ s benefits programs and participate in the evaluation and design of those programs, working with their third-party service providers. You will manage and administer Worker’ s Compensation and Unemployment Claims, Leaves of Absence, and 401(K) plan, working with their third-party service providers. You will also use your organizational and technical skills to manage the HRIS database and maintain complete personnel records. Apply today!

Contract Employee Benefits:
  • Health and Dental
    • Contract employees are eligible for subsidized health and dental insurance coverage upon completion of 120 hours on assignment within four (4) consecutive weeks working a minimum of thirty (30) hours per week.
  • Paid Sick Leave
    • Contract employees who are employed to work in the Commonwealth of MA may accrue and use up to forty (40) hours of paid sick leave per calendar year in increments of no less than one (1) hour.
  • 401(k) Plan
    • Regularly recruited contract employees, who are U.S. citizens aged twenty-one (21) or older, are eligible to contribute to KNF&T’ s retirement savings plan with Fidelity Investments.
  • Short Term Disability
    • Contract employees are eligible for subsidized short term disability, covering up to 12 weeks of a disability including maternity leave.
  • Free Training
    • KNF&T uses a state of the art e-Learning software training system. We encourage all our contractors to take advantage of this training, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Responsibilities for the Benefits Manager:
  • Assist with the development of, and manage the administration of, benefits programs, including, without limitation, group medical and 401(K) plans, and help to ensure the programs are competitive and cost effective
  • Process periodic compliance filings and participate in, respond to and manage annual audits
  • Implement new benefits plans and changes; prepare materials to communicate new benefits plans and changes; conduct employee meetings/webinars and coordinate employee enrollment
  • Provide day-to-day consultation and support to employees on benefits and general HR matters
  • Stay abreast of legal requirements and best practices applicable to benefits and HR matters
  • Develop team members by conducting regular evaluations against defined expectations
  • Maintain an exemplary level of confidentiality when dealing with sensitive issues
  • File and track necessary paperwork, follow up with insurance carriers and partners, and process payments
  • Manage all facets of unemployment claim activity on behalf of the Company
  • Manage COBRA notifications, reconcile premium payments for COBRA recipients, and, complete accurate and timely paperwork
  • Manage 401(K) compliance and respond to inquiries.  Participate on the 401(K) committee
  • Manage the HRIS and perform HRIS maintenance and data entry; generate reports, and act as department liaison on HRIS projects
  • Manage the reconciliation of monthly HR administration invoices
  • Organize and maintain files and documentation of active and terminated partners
  • Perform processing duties including, but not limited to, business correspondence, record keeping, employment verification, reference checking, filing system, invoicing, etc.
  • Assist VP HR and Legal Counsel with employee relations investigations, preparation of responses to EEOC charges and complaints, lawsuits, and other agency and legal proceedings
  • Identify and proactively raise organizational issues and trends; diagnose processes, structures and approach; recommend alternatives for improved effectiveness
  • Drive and oversee the analysis of benefits survey data
Requirements for the Benefits Manager:
  • Bachelor’ s Degree in a benefits or HR discipline
  • Current Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) accreditation a plus
  • Advanced knowledge of HRIS required; ADP Workforce Now experience highly preferred
  • 3+ years’ progressive business experience in a benefits role
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience with the design, delivery and evaluation of benefits projects
  • Intermediate knowledge of employment law and government regulations
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of benefits, and processing worker’ s compensation and unemployment claims, leaves of absence, and 401(K) plan administration
  • Hands-on management style that emphasizes direct involvement in day-to-day benefits and HR functions
  • Ability to identify and resolve issues and alert management to potential areas of liability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prepare and deliver clear, concise reports and presentations that are understandable by the target audience
  • Demonstrated initiative; along with being results oriented and entrepreneurial minded
  • Project management experience and ability to manage on-going multiple priorities
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups and foster a cooperative work environment
  • Proficiency in speaking, understanding and reading Spanish a plus
  • Ability to manage confidential information and maintain its integrity
  • Strong computer skills that include proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, HRIS (ADP Workforce experience strongly preferred)
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship                     
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