Retaliation: Recognizing A Hidden Threat In The Workplace

Posted on June 05, 2017
Maintaining personnel and HR records is an obligation of every employer. Keeping records organized and current is essential for compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA as well as with internal company policies and procedures.
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FAQs on Distributing Dept of Labor Retirement Plan Materials Electronically

Posted on September 29, 2016
Question: Can materials be distributed to participants electronically?

Answer: Yes. The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have separate rules for disclosing certain retirement plan information electronically. The DOL has established safe harbor rules for all retirement plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
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Guidelines for Checking Job Applicants' References

Posted on September 24, 2016
When checking a candidate’s employment references, consider these guidelines:

• Who conducts reference checks?
• How many references should be contacted?
• Should I focus on professional or personal references?
• Should I obtain a candidate’s consent to contact their references?
• How shall I contact references?

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Appealing a Marketplace Section 1411 Certification

Posted on September 16, 2016
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) mandates that large employers offer full-time (FT) employees health coverage that meets specific requirements or face substantial penalties. While many employers have already offered coverage that meets the criteria under the PPACA, the Health Insurance Marketplaces (“Marketplaces”) were created to afford individuals with potential premium tax credits.
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Does Medicare or the Group Health Plan Pay First?

Posted on September 02, 2016
Is Medicare considered primary or secondary to a group health insurance plan or COBRA? There isn’t a clear answer to this question; however, employers may not automatically discontinue health coverage for active employee, their spouses, or dependents due to Medicare entitlement, nor may benefits be reduced or incentives offered to induce active employees to drop their current group health coverage.
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FAQs About the Impending Overtime Changes

Posted on August 26, 2016
The increase in the minimum salary for overtime exemption ($913 per week) is fast approaching. Are you prepared to be in compliance by December 1, 2016? The Department of Labor (DOL) compiled a Q & A based on questions they received during their informational webinars. Click below to review a few of the major points and helpful reminders.
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What Supervisors Need to Know About the ADA

Posted on August 19, 2016
Employers should establish a uniform guideline to respond to their employees’ accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is equally important to train supervisory staff on the requirements of the ADA and state disability laws so they know how to recognize and respond to the need for an accommodation.
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7 Tips to Improve Employee Attendance

Posted on August 13, 2016
Here are 7 Tips to Improve Employee Attendance
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OSHA Electronic Records Rule Effective 2017

Posted on August 05, 2016
In its stated effort to “nudge” employers into creating safer work environments, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its new electronic recording keeping rule. The final rule requires certain employers to make electronic disclosures to OSHA, who in turn will scrub the data for personally identifiable information.
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Which Form I-9 Should I Still Use?

Posted on July 18, 2016
To determine whether you are using the correct version of the Form I-9, the document HR professionals use to determine if applicants are eligible to work in the U.S., look at the revision date printed on the bottom left hand corner and not the expiration date printed on the top of the form.
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