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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: VOTING TIME OFF

October 22, 2014

FAQ: Are we required to give our employees time off to vote? If so, do we have to pay them for the absence?  Answer: Your question is timely since the November elections are coming up next week. The short answer is it depends on which state you reside in. While there is no federal ...

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OSHA LAUNCHES DIALOGUE ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURES

October 21, 2014

OSHA is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances. The first stage of this dialogue is a request for information on the management of hazardous chemical exposures in the workplace and strategies for updating ...

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NEW VETS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2015

October 20, 2014

In late September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Veteran Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) published a final rule on its new reporting requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors beginning in 2015.  The new rule simplifies the reporting for federal contractors who ...

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UPDATE ON ACA PREVENTATIVE SERVICES COVERAGE

October 16, 2014

A key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the requirement that private insurance plans cover recommended preventive services without any patient cost-sharing. An updated fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes the latest information on health plan coverage of ...

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PROTECTING WORKERS FROM EXPOSURE TO EBOLA VIRUS

October 13, 2014

To assist workers and employers, OSHA has launched a new Ebola Web page that provides information about the disease and how to protect workers. It includes sections on the disease itself, hazard recognition, medical information, standards for protecting workers, control and prevention, and ...

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IRS REMINDS EMPLOYERS OF RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE ACA

October 10, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released tax tips and information to remind employers of their responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An employer’s responsibility under the ACA will differ depending upon the number of employees that are employed by the business. The ...

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FAQ: WHO PAYS FOR UNIFORMS?

September 24, 2014

Q: Our company requires employees to wear uniforms. Can we require them to pay for their uniforms and the cost to maintain them? A: Subject to limitations, employers can require that employees pay for the cost and maintenance of ...

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IRS ISSUES DRAFT FORMS FOR EMPLOYER HEALTHCARE REPORTING

September 23, 2014

Beginning in 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires information reporting by employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees regarding the health coverage they offer to their full-time employees (known as Section 6056 rules). New information reporting by issuers, ...

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SAFETY PRACTICES FOR TEMPORARY WORKERS

September 22, 2014

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released "Recommended Practices" for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. The Recommended Practices publication highlights the joint ...

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BLS ANNOUNCES 2013 PRELIMINARY FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURY COUNTS

September 18, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the preliminary results of its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to the BLS data, the number of fatal work injuries in 2013 was lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012. However, the BLS found that ...

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