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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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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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