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  • 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.

  • Update: Mandatory Workplace Posting of Employee Union Rights Thrown Out by Courts

    The National Labor Relations Board has postponed its employee rights posting rule pending the resolution of court cases denying the agency's authority to issue and enforce the posting requirement. In an appeals court decision on May 7, 2013, the posting requirement is vacated because it violates employers’ free speech rights. On June 14, 2013, another appeals court invalidated the posting requirement, stating that the NLRB exceeded its authority.

  • State Employment Law Update, June 2013

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

  • Fed Paperwork Increases for Health Benefit Open Enrollment Periods [Update]

    Now that the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been affirmed, employers that offer health plan benefits must ensure they are in compliance with the new reporting and disclosure requirements in time for the annual open enrollment period and beyond. [Update: Additional information is required for health care plan coverage for 2014.]

  • Your LLC and Spring Cleaning: Which Records to Keep or Toss?

  • Let Your Business Do the Hiring and Protect Yourself from Liability

    Establishing a formal entity structure for your business makes it possible to have the company do the employee hiring, protecting you from the legal liabilities that can arise during the hiring process.

  • Celebrate Earth Day By Taking Your Records Electronic

    Earth Day serves as the perfect reminder that we can all play a part in greening our world. Reducing your reliance on paper records can be a win-win for Earth and your business, as long as electronic records are properly created, retained and destroyed.

  • Three Big Reasons You Are Not Getting Enough Job Applicants

    Viewing your job posting as an advertisment in order to sell prospects on your company, matching your expectations to the market and increasing your posting's visibility are three ways to attract highly qualified canditions, according to Ian Siegel, the CEO and co-founder of ZipRecruiter.

  • State Employment Law Update, April 2013

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

  • Six Strikes Program Could Impact Small Businesses

    Small businesses that have internet protocol addresses that are drawn from their internet service providers pool of residential IP addresses may run afoul of the new Copyright Alert System designed to reduce illegal downloading of copyright protected information.

  • Giving Employees Vacation Time Off

    Planning for your employees' vacations can minimize disruptions to your business.

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