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Benefits Specialist - Contract 3-6 Months

Minneapolis, MN
In the role of the Benefits Specialist you are responsible for assisting with administration of all benefits and retirement programs, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short - & long-term disability, and 401(k) plan.
  • Provide project support in the areas of benefits, leaves, worker's compensation, reporting, and auditing.
  • Prepare materials for new hire benefits orientations
  • Ensures the transfer process between the benefits enrollment system and benefit vendors is accurate.  Conducts audits related to benefit plan enrollment to ensure data integrity.
  • Assists with the annual open enrollment process, coordinates employee meetings, assists in developing presentation materials and ensures enrollment elections are processed accurately.
  • Responds to benefits inquiries from managers and employees on plan provisions, benefits enrollments, status changes and other general inquiries.
  • Processes and coordinates support for all leave-of-absence requests and disability paperwork: workers comp, medical, personal, parental, disability and FMLA.
  • Assists in the administrative of FMLA and ADA implications as they relate to leaves of absences/disabilities.
  • Acts as liaison between employee and payroll department on leave of absence status and any ongoing updates.
  • Maintains employee benefits filing systems and ensures benefit changes are entered accurately for payroll deduction.
  • Assists with plan audits as necessary.
  • Coordinates and communicates company wellness activities.
  • Assists in the administration of the tuition reimbursement program.
  • Assists with compliance efforts throughout the year including ACA and 401(k) reporting.
  • Works with and provides back-up support to other department administrative assistants/coordinators.
Required Skills & Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of employee benefits and applicable laws
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficient with UltiPro
Required Education & Experience
  • Associates degree in HR or related field, but experience and/or other training/certification may be substituted for the education.
  • Two years’ experience in HR and/or benefits administration.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field of study.
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