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► Student Loan Repayment Benefit Options Proposed by IRS

September 17, 2018

On August 17, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a private letter ruling (PLR) that appears to give the go-ahead to an employer-sponsored student loan repayment benefit offered through the company’s 401(k) plan. PLR 201833012 confirmed that, under certain circumstances, ...

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► Deadline Near For Comments on OSHA's e-Recordkeeping Rule

September 13, 2018

Employers have through September 28 to submit comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to amend its controversial Obama-era e-recordkeeping rule. In July, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rule intended to ...

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► Six Crucial Skills Every HR Professional Should Possess

September 11, 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment of human resources specialists is expected to grow by more than 20 percent through 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, Forbes has voted Human Resources as one of the best jobs requiring a bachelor’s ...

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► Is Termination Permitted When an Employee is on FMLA Leave?

September 7, 2018

Employee terminations must always be handled carefully, but when the employee you are planning to terminate is protected by or has taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it can make an already tricky situation that much trickier. Caution is needed when taking such actions ...

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► Study Shows Employees Want Adequate Benefits

August 28, 2018

A recent survey conducted by Ranstad US explored what workers think about and want from benefits in the workplace. The results showed a staggering majority (94%) want assurances that their benefits will have a real impact on their quality of life. That includes benefits that address student loan ...

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► Sexual Harassment Complaints Require Supervisors to Act

August 27, 2018

A federal judge in New Orleans recently determined that a former employee's sexual harassment lawsuit should proceed to trial. The judge found there were triable issues on whether the employee's complaints to her supervisors should have spurred the company to act. The decision underscores ...

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► COBRA Notices: How to Avoid Common Mistakes and Penalties

August 24, 2018

While it’s true that everyone makes mistakes, some errors—such as COBRA notice violations—are simply too costly to make. By far, the most litigated issue in COBRA cases involves COBRA notices. In fact, in recent months, there has been a dramatic increase in class action lawsuits ...

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► Offhand Comments and Inconsistent Reviews Can Lead to Lawsuits

August 22, 2018

When an employer faces a wrongful termination or employment discrimination lawsuit, performance reviews can either hurt or help. Often, the content of a performance evaluation becomes the major focus of the litigation when a former employee claims discrimination while the employer is steadfast ...

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► 2019 Standard Travel Per Diem Rates Released

August 16, 2018

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has raised the standard lodging per diem for the continental United States from $93 to $94 for the federal government’s fiscal year (FY) 2019—which runs from Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019. That rate applies to federal employees’ ...

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► Creating a Positive Workplace Culture

August 13, 2018

A toxic workplace can seal the fate of an organization. Negativity spreads, and it can drive employees away quickly and have a negative effect on productivity.  No employer wants to end up with a toxic workplace culture. A positive workplace culture, on the other hand, is associated with ...

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