Office Management & HR

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  • Fighting the Flu

    Steps every employer can take to alleviate the flu season's effect on the workplace.

  • End of Daylight Saving Time May Require Payroll Adjustment

    Turning back the clocks during the first weekend of November may affect wages and overtime pay for employees working overnight hours.

  • State Employment Law Update, October 2013

    Recent changes in state employment laws may affect you and your business.

  • Three Ways to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them

    As the holiday season approaches, make plans to show your employees that you appreciate them. Doing so will build morale and loyalty during the holiday rush and into the coming year.

  • Feds Issue Health Care Reform Employer Shared Responsibility Information Reporting Rules

    The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed regulations to provide guidance to employers required to report information regarding their compliance with the health care reform shared responsibility mandate.

  • Special Announcement: Free ObamaCare Webinar

    If you are confused and worried about the impact that the new health care law, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, will have on your business, you will want to attend our free webinar. This hour-long webinar will guide you through which rules apply to you and detail what your obligations are.

  • Update: No Penalty for Failure to Provide Employees With Insurance Exchange Notice

    As a result of health care reform, health care coverage for certain individuals and employees will be available through health insurance exchanges or marketplaces beginning in 2014. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide employees and new hires with written notice of the existence of the exchanges and information about health care coverage through them. The Department of Labor has issued guidance for employers regarding the content of the notice, which is required effective October 1, 2013. The Department also revised its model COBRA continuation coverage election notice to include health care exchange information.

  • Website Provides Comprehensive Disaster Assistance Information, a federal government website, provides comprehensive information for those affected by a disaster with access to a wide range of assistance.

  • Keeping Your Workplace Healthy

    There are steps every employer can take to reduce the risk of exposure to the flu and in the event of a pandemic.

  • What Employers Can and Can't Do About Guns in the Workplace

    State and local laws are in place that may directly or indirectly impact the carrying and use of weapons in the workplace.

  • OSHA Warns Employers: Don't Let Workers Text and Drive

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is asking employers to address the dangers caused by workers texting while driving.

  • State Employment Law Update, August 2013

    Recent changes in state employment laws may affect you and your business.

  • Health Care Reform Information Resources Are Available

    The government has created online educational resources to assist in understanding specific provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • When is a Minimal Fringe Benefit Not So Minimal?

    An Internal Revenue Service ruling--revoking a prior decision that clothing and accessories provided by an employer to employees constituted de minimis fringe benefits--highlights the fuzzy lines regarding the definition of such benefits.

  • ABC’s of Summer Energy Savings

    In many areas of the country, summer means higher energy bills due to increased consumption and energy surcharges. Now is the time to take action to stop your energy bills from getting you hot under the collar.

  • Health Care Reform Update: Feds Issue Transition Relief for Employer Mandate Delay

    Health care reform’s employer shared responsibility mandate, scheduled to go into effect beginning in 2014, is postponed until 2015. On July 9, 2013, the IRS provided transition relief for information reporting requirements and employer shared responsibility provisions for 2014.

  • Health Care Reform Alert: Feds Delay Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate Until 2015

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees to offer full-time employees and in some cases their dependents, minimum essential health care coverage that meets affordability and minimum value requirements or face a potential penalty. This mandate, originally scheduled to take effect in 2014, is delayed until 2015.

  • Health Care Reform Alert: Are You Subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate?

    Beginning in 2014, employers of 50 or more may be required to offer employees health care coverage or be liable for an assessable payment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Act. Because the 50-employee threshold calculation includes part-time employees and the mandate’s application is based on 2013 data, employers must act now to assess their options regarding health care benefits and their workforce. Update: The employer shared responsibility mandate requiring covered employers to offer full-time employees health care coverage or be subject to penalties is delayed until 2015.

  • Protecting Workers From the Heat

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is offering tips to help employers reduce the risk of employee heat-related illnesses.

  • Update: Are Your Company's Criminal Background Checks Against the Law?

    Hiring employees requires employers to use various qualifications and screening to determine which applicants are best-suited for the positions being filled. Recent scrutiny of employers’ criminal background policies for discriminatory practices by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make it clear that employers must examine their own practices to avoid claims based on disparate impact. Update: District Court dismisses EEOC suit alleging disparate impact.

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