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► Some Types of Parent-Teacher Talks Qualify for FMLA Leave

November 21, 2019

A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Opinion Letter , found certain types of parent-teacher conferences can be considered qualified leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a result, some of you may have to provide employees with leave to attend the meetings. FMLA ...

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► IRS Raises FSA Contribution Limits & Other Thresholds for 2020

November 19, 2019

Employees will be able to contribute up to $2,750 to a health flexible spending account (FSA) in 2020, a $50 increase from the 2019 amount, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Revenue Procedure 2019-44 . The IRS is raising to $230,000 (from $225,000) the annual compensation that ...

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► Legal Concerns When Contagious Diseases Strike the Workplace

November 18, 2019

The reports of measles outbreaks in several communities around the country have been on virtually everyone's mind over the last few months. As those reports serve to emphasize, if proper precautions such as vaccinations aren't taken, infectious diseases can wreak havoc not only in your ...

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► Healthcare Costs Continue to Rise for SMBs

November 15, 2019

The rising cost of providing health insurance to employees is one of the top financial pressures facing owners of small and midsize companies (SMBs), according to a recent Enterprise Bank & Trust Think Tank survey. Enterprise surveyed 230 businesses to understand issues and trends regarding ...

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► Proposed Rule Aims to Expand Use of Fluctuating Workweek

November 8, 2019

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other ...

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► Immigration Policy Tips: Don't Ask, Don't Probe Unless . . .

October 28, 2019

The year is 2019, but I want to take you back to the 1990s for just a moment. Do you remember where you were in December 1993? President Bill Clinton had just signed an order directing military personnel not to ask about or initiate investigations of service members’ sexual orientation ...

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► 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Provide Employee Child Care

October 25, 2019

At the start of an individual’s career, child care most likely is not at the center of his or her employee benefits concerns. But, as people venture further into their careers, the chances increase that they’ll need to find a childcare provider to be able to progress in their jobs, ...

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► Can Employers Allow Exempt Employees to Perform Nonexempt Duties?

October 23, 2019

You may have employees whom you have properly classified as exempt from receiving overtime pay under federal and state wage and hour law. What happens when you are short one or more hourly employees and you ask an exempt employee to pick up their duties? Under certain circumstances, you may have ...

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► Pitfalls of the Incomplete Background Check

October 21, 2019

Today’s companies recognize the importance of conducting employment background checks. Background checks are an important component of most hiring practices. According to a national survey of HR professionals, 96% of employers conduct at least one type of background screening. Whether ...

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► The Message in the Medium: Lessons Learned from Google

October 18, 2019

For years, Google has been playing with fire by encouraging employees to post almost anything on its internal message boards. The company, known as the portal for any inquiry imaginable, brought its open search philosophy in-house, encouraging robust employee discussion on almost any topic, ...

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