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FIRING A PREGNANT WORKER CAN BE COSTLY

April 24, 2013

Employers sometimes make mistakes that inadvertently subject them to lawsuits. A recent example of this involves a Nevada-based company that terminated a pregnant worker while she was on leave of absence. This error in judgment will cost the employer $70,000 and require remedial action and changes ...

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NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WEBPAGE

April 18, 2013

The new health care law brings many changes that will affect employers in a variety of ways. Under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or commonly known as “Obamacare”), many businesses will be faced with new notice and reporting requirements, affordable coverage mandates, ...

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FMLA POWERPOINT PRESENTATION TRAINING TOOL

April 17, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released a useful PowerPoint presentation on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that employers can use for training purposes. The presentation may be viewed in either PowerPoint or as a PDF. Topics covered in the 69-page document include: ...

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MEMBER BENEFIT: THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK TEMPLATE

April 12, 2013

Some subscribers may not be aware that the Personnel Advisor offers an easy-to-use template that can be used to create a company handbook for employees. The template is an editable Microsoft Word-compatible document that includes over 50 policies that can be personalized in a matter of minutes ...

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SSA REMINDS EMPLOYERS ABOUT NEW FSA LIMITS

April 10, 2013

The Social Security Administration has issued a reminder to employers about the new Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) limits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the requirements of the ACA, employers must limit employee salary reduction contributions to a health FSA to $2,500 per year ...

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FALLING OFF LADDERS CAN KILL: NEW PREVENTION RESOURCE

April 8, 2013

Falls are the leading cause of death in construction. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. To raise awareness among employers and workers about common fall hazards in construction and how falls from ladders, scaffolds ...

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PRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SUED FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

March 26, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Presbyterian Healthcare Associates Corp., one of the largest health care institutions in North Carolina, for violating federal law by refusing to hire an applicant because of an impairment ...

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PROPOSED RULE EXTENDS FLSA COVERAGE TO HOME HEALTH WORKERS

March 25, 2013

The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted in 1938, establishing standards for minimum wage and overtime pay. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. But not all ...

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IRS RELEASES THE DIRTY DOZEN TAX SCAMS FOR 2012

March 20, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. The Dirty Dozen listing, ...

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EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR DISCUSSING WAGES RECOVERS $107K

March 18, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that a Texas engineering firm unlawfully fired an employee for discussing salary information with co-workers, and ordered the company to offer reinstatement and to pay back wages for the time out of work. Under the Board Order , which issued ...

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