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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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► Workplace Bullying: How to Eliminate It

December 5, 2018

Dealing with a bully in the workplace can be a traumatic, energy-sapping experience that has a detrimental effect on your workforce and overall productivity. Traditionally, when people think of bullying, they think of a kid getting picked on by older peers on the playground or someone spreading ...

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► Tackling Student Loan Debt in the Workplace

November 26, 2018

Employees in every industry are burdened with student loan debt. According to the latest Federal Reserve data, Americans carry over $1.5 trillion in student loans . The amount continues to grow every quarter. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2018 Employee Financial Wellness Survey revealed that ...

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► Infographic: Paid Sick Leave Laws Around the U.S.

November 23, 2018

Prior to 2014, there were only 4 paid sick leave laws in effect nationwide. That number has grown to more than 30 laws, covering several states, cities, and counties.  The infographic below provides a broader picture of which states, cities, and counties offer paid sick leave laws. The ...

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► New Report Shows More Employers Offering Healthcare

November 20, 2018

The percentage of private-sector employers offering group health coverage rebounded slightly in 2017 after a long gradual decline, according to an issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). After declining from 56.4% to 45.3% between 2008 and 2016, this percentage ...

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► What is "Good Reason" for Terminating an Employee?

November 16, 2018

It's common for executive and key employees to have contracts governing the terms and conditions of their employment with their employer. It’s also common for employment contracts to be negotiated and entered into in the context of a business sale transaction in which (1) the ...

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► Plan Sponsors Take Note: IRS Updates Safe Harbor Notices & VCP Online Filing

November 12, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), earlier this fall, announced two updates to procedures that plan sponsors and their service providers should note. In Notice 2018-74 , the agency refreshed guidance on the safe harbor that employers may use to comply with retirement plan participant notice ...

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► Flu Shot Weather is Here But Can Employers Require Them?

November 5, 2018

With the cold days of winter on the horizon, it's time to think about flu vaccines again. With all the press and publicity surrounding flu shots and increasing urgency to get them, employers are faced with numerous questions. For example, can they require their employees to be vaccinated, and ...

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► Company to Pay Record $16M in HIPAA Data Breach Settlement

October 29, 2018

Anthem Inc., a health benefits company, has agreed to pay a record $16 million to settle HIPAA allegations related to the historic data breach the insurer suffered in 2015. The amount of the resolution agreement, announced October 15 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is ...

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► Labor Department Proposal Offers Small Employer Retirement Plans

October 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a mechanism to help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees. However, while the proposal may ease the way for some employers, it doesn’t eliminate all complications. The DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ...

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