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► 2019 Social Security Wage Base and Cost of Living Increases

October 25, 2018

The Social Security Administration has announced a new wage base ceiling and a hike in the cost-of-living for next year. The maximum wage base for Social Security tax will be $132,900 in 2019, up from $128,400 in 2018, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced October 11. The ...

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► Employer Alert: Phishing E-mails Targeting Payroll Accounts

October 24, 2018

Employers should be on the alert for e-mail phishing scams that target their online payroll accounts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned recently. Cybercriminals are using these e-mails to capture employees’ log-in credentials, the FBI explained in a September public ...

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► Hurry Up and Wait: Is The DOL Finally Issuing New Overtime Rules?

October 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is on its way to issuing a new rule to determine what workers are eligible for overtime pay, and employers are expected to see a salary threshold higher than the one that’s been in place since 2004 but considerably lower than the one previously sought. ...

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► New Law Expands Sexual Harassment Training to All Workers

October 16, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in California with 5 or more employees (or independent contractors) must provide sexual harassment training to all employees ( SB 1343 ). The deadline for compliance with initial training is January 1, 2020. Employers must then provide the training every two ...

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► Sexual Harassment Charges Filed With EEOC Rise in 2018

October 10, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new report on sexual harassment data for fiscal year (FY) 2018 shows a more than 50 percent increase in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the agency and a more than 12 percent increase in the number of charges it received over FY 2017. ...

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► Think Twice When Dealing With Prescription Drug Users

October 8, 2018

Many employers have policies requiring applicants or employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs that could impair job performance or potentially pose a safety concern. If you’re one of those employers, you should be aware that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ...

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► COBRA Documents and Notices: When are Penalties Warranted?

September 26, 2018

When an employee is terminated from employment and loses group health plan coverage (subject to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)), plan administrators and third-party administrators (TPAs) should ensure that all affected qualified beneficiaries are provided, in a timely ...

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► NDAs in the Era of the #MeToo Movement

September 21, 2018

The seemingly endless revelations about workplace sexual harassment and assault allegations have put nondisclosure agreements (NDAs)–once routine and little thought about–under a bright spotlight in recent months. First, it was the #MeToo movement and protests by sexual harassment ...

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► Health Savings Accounts Serve Many Purposes

September 20, 2018

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax-free accounts established for the purpose of paying qualified medical expenses of an employee or dependent that is covered under a high-deductible health insurance plan. A common fallacy is that HSAs are merely a slightly different version of health flexible ...

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► Think Before you Speak: What Not to Say to a Pregnant Worker

September 18, 2018

Most employers will agree that managing employees isn't always easy, and tempering your reactions to some situations that arise in the workplace can be tough. A recent case before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals shows how a supervisor's uncontrolled statements and the company's ...

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