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► List of Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in the New Year

January 17, 2019

It’s hard to believe another year is now behind us and a new one has begun. As part of my personal year-end celebration, I have prepared an informal ranking of the top mistakes I’ve tried to help clients avoid, correct, or defend in the past 12 months. I figured this might be a good ...

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► How to Respond When the DOL Appears at Your Door

January 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) performs wage and hour audits of employers by selecting them at random, or because they are in targeted industries (usually low-wage), or as a result of a complaint from an employee or former employee. The investigations have increased significantly over the ...

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► How Does a Government Shutdown Impact Employers?

January 7, 2019

While federal employers waited out the impasse that sent many of their employees home and others to work without pay, private-sector employers shouldn’t think they’re immune to the impact of partial federal government shutdowns. When funding for many federal departments ran out ...

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► 2019 Standard Mileage Rates Announced By IRS

January 4, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Notice 2019-02 , released on December 14, 2018, contains the standard mileage rates, ...

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► Workstation Modifications to Improve Fitness and Health

December 21, 2018

Most likely, while reading this article, you’re sitting in front of a computer, and more than likely, you’ve been positioned in the same spot for more than several minutes. A 2013 Ergotron survey found that Americans spend 13 hours of each day sitting. Combined with an average 8 hours ...

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► Steps to Take When an Employee Dies

December 17, 2018

A death in the workplace can feel like a death in the family. Whether it's sudden or expected, the death of an employee can be traumatic for staff and management. The following tips may help you navigate the needs of your company and your employees during a difficult time. Immediate ...

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► FSA Contribution Limits Increase for 2019

December 14, 2018

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,700 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2019, a $50 increase from the 2018 amount, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2018-57 . The IRS is raising to $225,000 (from $220,000) the annual compensation that ...

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► What Form I-9 Documentation Must Employers Keep?

December 12, 2018

Most employers know that they must complete a Form I-9 for each new employee within 3 business days of the individual's start date. The I-9 has two sections that need to be filled out separately by the employee and the employer. Section 1 contains general information about the employee, ...

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► Minimum Wage Increases for 2019

December 10, 2018

2019 will usher in a New Year as well as new minimum wage rates for numerous states across the country, including Ohio and California. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that ...

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► How Cafeteria Plans Intersect With Wellness Programs

December 6, 2018

Wellness programs are subject to a variety of rules and regulations familiar to most benefit professionals, like the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information ...

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