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EEOC SUES TWO EMPLOYERS OVER BACKGROUND CHECKS

June 10, 2013

Last year the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published guidance on the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process, leading many to believe the EEOC planned to step up its enforcement efforts in this area. Now, two employers are facing lawsuits for civil rights ...

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TAX CALENDAR FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

June 5, 2013

The IRS Tax Calendar for small businesses and the self-employed is a useful resource that helps small business owners meet their tax obligations. Using the online calendar, employers can view due dates and actions for each month. The calendar can be adjusted to see all events or filter them by ...

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FINAL RULES ISSUED ON WELLNESS PROGRAMS

May 30, 2013

In the continuing effort to implement health care law, the Obama administration has released final rules on employment-based wellness programs. The final rules support workplace health promotion and prevention as a means to reduce the burden of chronic illness, improve health and limit growth of ...

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NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING POSTING REQUIREMENT

May 28, 2013

Certain employers in the state of California must display a new “human trafficking” poster in the workplace. The mandated posting comes as a result of Senate Bill 1193 , which requires specified businesses and other establishments to post a notice informing the public and victims of ...

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FIRST GINA CASE IS SETTLED

May 24, 2013

Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) settled the first lawsuit alleging genetic discrimination under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA).  In its complaint, the EEOC claims the employer violated GINA by requesting an ...

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BLS REPORT ON MASS LAYOFFS FOR APRIL 2013

May 21, 2013

Employers took 1,199 mass layoff actions in April involving 116,849 workers as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 22, 2013.  Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. ...

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HOW TO CLAIM THE HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT

May 17, 2013

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is a federal law that gives a tax credit to eligible small employers and tax-exempt organizations who provide health care coverage to their employees.  For tax years 2010 – 2013, the tax credit provides up to 35% of employer-paid premiums for ...

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TWO LAWSUITS COST EMPLOYERS MILLIONS

May 15, 2013

Two more cautionary lawsuits have resulted in employers having to pay out millions of dollars, with one jury award reaching historical limits. In one lawsuit, a turkey processing company will have to pay a staggering $240 million for underpaying and abusing mentally disabled workers, while the ...

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NEW HEALTH CARE NOTICE AND GUIDANCE RELEASED

May 10, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most employers to provide a written health care notice to employees. As we previously reported , the start date for the notice requirement (March 1, 2013) was delayed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and rescheduled to take place sometime in the fall. ...

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NEW I-9 FORM: MANDATORY USE BEGINS ON MAY 7

April 26, 2013

Employers are reminded to begin using the new version of the Form I-9 no later than May 7, 2013 to verify the identity and authorization of their employees to work in the United States. After this date, all previous versions of the form are invalid and may no longer be used. Changes to the ...

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