I have been working in the Human Resources field for about 15 years.  Yes, I know, the evil HR department!  But I enjoy the work – it’s challenging, and I genuinely feel like I can make a positive difference in our employees’ lives.

Why write about benefits?  On a personal level, I find the intricate interaction between law and policy very interesting (benefits are considered a subset of taxation law).  While there’s a lot of rules for employers to follow, they also have a surprising amount of flexibility within that legal structure.  All this means you’ll find a lot of variation among employers.  But I’ve found that many people have a hard time figuring out what all these benefit plans can do for them and struggle simply to choose the right options.

So the point of this blog is to explore and explain the wide range of benefit plans out there. I hope to help all my readers understand what they mean, find out what your concerns are, and learn from you in turn.

And why “geek”? Well, because I’m a geek!  Not just about benefits and tax law, but about all sort of fun stuff.  Costuming, sci-fi, reading, conventions, anime, books, games, sewing, travel, technology.

I’m also a perpetual student and have acquired the habit of collecting degrees.  The day I returned to work after taking the bar exam, a co-worker asked when I was going to start on the Ph.D.  And she was serious.

And I’m thinking about it…