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► Best Practices for Helping Employees Who Suffer from Addiction

January 20, 2020

According to research , nearly 50% of companies reported that alcohol abuse was present among their employees and that around 32% of their employees were addicted to prescription drugs. Such research reveals how addiction in the modern-day workplace is starting to become an epidemic, costing ...

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► Cadillac Tax Repeal Among Benefit Changes in Budget Bill

January 15, 2020

The long, slow demise of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “Cadillac Tax” concluded December 20 with President Trump’s signing of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (H.R. 1865). The budget bill also repealed other ACA taxes and included many tweaks to ...

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► IRS Announces 2020 Benefits Limits

January 14, 2020

The IRS has announced cost-of-living adjustments for various limits on retirement plans and other benefits limits for 2020. The IRS has also proposed regulations to lengthen the distribution periods for required minimum distributions (RMDs) that apply to individuals older than 70½ with ...

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► Cheers! 7 New Year's Resolutions for HR Pros

January 8, 2020

The start of a new year is an excellent time for HR pros to focus on key resolutions to improve personnel management and performance. Although none of us typically follows through on every New Year’s resolution we make, the following checklist of goals and actions could pay great dividends ...

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► NLRB Reverts to Old Standard on Employee Use of Employer E-Mail Systems

December 20, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision to allow employers more leeway in restricting the use of their e-mail and other communications systems for union organizing is just the latest decision reversing standards set by the Obama-era Board. On December 17, the Board released ...

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► Animals at Work: In-Fur-Mation for Employers

December 19, 2019

To avoid a hairy situation, employers should familiarize themselves with laws relating to the emerging issue of animals at work. Most animals fall into the following three sets: (1) service animals, (2) comfort or therapy animals, and (3) pets. Service Animals The Americans with ...

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► New Rule Clarifies How Perks Affect Overtime Rate Calculations

December 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new final rule covering how benefits affect employees’ regular rate of pay provides clarity for employers that offer the innovative benefits packages that have become popular in recent years. The new final rule, announced December 12, clarifies ...

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► Tips on Responding to Your First Discrimination Charge

December 10, 2019

When your organization receives its first discrimination charge from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your applicable state’s Department of Labor and Human Rights, you may wonder, “What does this mean?” or “What do we do now?” A charge is a ...

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► IRS Explains When Genetic Testing Can Qualify as Medical Care

December 9, 2019

Genetic testing can sometimes qualify as medical care under §213(d), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explained in IRS Private Letter Ruling (PLR) 201933005 . As long as the purpose is for health-related services and reports, the cost of the genetic testing is reimbursable under a ...

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► Holiday Season: Keeping it a Happy One for Employees and Employers

December 6, 2019

December is here, and management is often focused on things like year-end budget issues. Meanwhile, employees may be distracted by vacation planning, holiday shopping, year-end bonuses, and the annual office holiday party. Unfortunately, productivity is not the only thing that can suffer. ...

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