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► New FSA Contribution and Other Threshold Limits For 2018

November 15, 2017

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,650 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2018, a $50 increase from the 2017 amount, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2017-58 .  The IRS is raising to $110,000 (from $105,000) the annual compensation ...

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► Employer Health Plans Hold Steady Despite ACA Uncertainty

November 10, 2017

In contrast to the turmoil in the individual health plan market, employer health plan sponsors extended their run of low annual cost increases in 2017, according to a new survey of 2,481 public and private employers with at least 10 employees. The Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored ...

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► Sexual Harassment Claims Require Swift Corrective Action

November 6, 2017

The subject of sexual harassment has caught fire in recent weeks and is exploding across the country. People from all walks of life have spoken up about this menacing workplace problem. Even though anti-harassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the ...

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► Raising the Bar: Eliminating "Unconscious Bias" in the Workplace

October 26, 2017

“Unconscious bias” is a workplace term we often hear discussed these days by human resource professionals and legal experts. Many people are unsure of the exact meaning of this term or they think it is some new age concept or perhaps the latest buzzword describing a new form of ...

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► Key Differences in FLSA Coverage Between Public and Private Employers

October 20, 2017

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines an employer to include “any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee,” including a public agency. Unlike most other federal employment laws, employers do not need to employ a threshold ...

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► Social Security Announces COLA Increase for 2018

October 16, 2017

The Social Security Administration has announced that the monthly benefit for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income will increase by 2.0 percent in 2018. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that Social Security beneficiaries receive in January ...

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► New Executive Order Seeks to Expand Insurance Options

October 13, 2017

After several failed legislative attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump is now taking matters into his own hands. On October 12, Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) designed to “expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase ...

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► Variable Pay Practices and the Gender Pay Gap

October 12, 2017

Pay equity is not just a matter of "fairness" and doing the right thing—it's also a compliance issue and a business issue. A number of states—including California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York—have laws prohibiting pay disparity based on gender, and more ...

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► New Memo Changes DOJ's Position on Transgender Discrimination

October 11, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement changing his department’s position on transgender employment discrimination marks a change in the legal landscape, but it doesn’t alter employer obligations under various state and local laws or the position taken by other ...

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► Circuit Court Issues Guidance on Tip Credits

October 9, 2017

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers must pay their employees at least $7.25 an hour. However, an employer can pay tipped employees as little as $2.13 an hour and then factor in a portion of the employees' tips to make up the difference between the hourly cash wage and the ...

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