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► Maintaining a Drug Free Workforce Amid the Opioid Epidemic

June 26, 2018

The opioid crisis has affected countless employees and their families, sometimes with tragic results. Employers also are adversely affected by this epidemic, which has taken its toll on businesses—from lost productivity to abuse at work—and has rapidly spread to workplaces across the ...

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► Should Employers Encourage Their Workers to Use Vacation Time?

June 25, 2018

While it is not legally mandated for companies in the United States to provide vacation time for employees, many organizations still choose to do so. Yet, the statistics indicate that U.S. employees rarely take all of the vacation time employers have promised, despite the fact that the average ...

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► Is the 9 to 5 Work Schedule a Thing of the Past?

June 21, 2018

In a recently conducted study, it was revealed that more than two-thirds of global employees work remotely every week, and over 50% do so for at least half of the week. What does this mean for the standard 9-5? It means that it might have already been over for some time now. The emergence of ...

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► Court Ruling on Plan's Coverage for Residential Mental Health Treatment

June 18, 2018

A recent decision by a federal appeals court held that because a group health plan covered room and board expenses for stays at skilled nursing facilities, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) required it to do so for residential mental health treatment facilities as well. ...

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► FMLA Forms Reissued with New Expiration Date

June 14, 2018

Some employers may have noticed that the FMLA model forms were recently updated with a new expiration date. The previous forms listed an expiration date of May 31, 2018, which has now been replaced with an expiration of June 30, 2018. Aside from the one-month expiration extension, no other ...

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► Uncertainty Looms After Court Ruling in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

June 7, 2018

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of a Colorado baker who cited religious reasons for his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. While the outcome provides clarity to that baker, it still leaves some uncertainty for other employers. The Court’s ...

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► DOL Considers Easing Rules on Hazardous Jobs for Teens

May 25, 2018

According to media reports, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants to scale back the rules on youth employment so that more teens would be allowed to train to work in jobs deemed hazardous. But attorneys focusing on employment law issues warn that even if the change takes place, employers will ...

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► IRS Releases New HSA Dollar Limits for 2019

May 23, 2018

The annual contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) are going up in 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced May 10. The maximum out-of-pocket limits for an HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan (HDHP) also will be increased for inflation, according to Revenue ...

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► Many Employees Still Prefer Going to the Office

May 21, 2018

In this age of telecommuting and workplace flexibility, it appears that many workers still prefer being present in the workplace. In fact, a new survey shows that most workers in the U.S. would rather go the office. Indeed, the survey, conducted by Randstad North America, a wholly owned ...

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► Progressive Health Benefit Offerings on the Upswing

May 17, 2018

A recent study indicates that employers are significantly increasing progressive health benefit offerings to their employees. The study, conducted by WorldatWork and Korn Ferry, found employers are providing a “dramatic” increase of progressive health benefits that are available 24/7 ...

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