Most employers are aware that employees are entitled to take leaves of absence to participate in military service, but many employers are unsure of the extent of their obligations and rights when it comes to military leaves. This article addresses the questions we are most commonly asked regarding USERRA.
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D&O liability can have many — and sometimes unexpected — causes. This article will help you know what to look out for and manage your risk.
Often it’s difficult to tie an employee wellness program to a solid return on investment, but when your commitment to health and wellness results in an unprecedented 5-year rate freeze for health insurance, the task becomes much easier.
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Whether it’s petty theft, a complex embezzlement scheme or the threat of workplace violence, when it comes to keeping your business and employees safe, you have to consider the possibility that some workplace crimes may be perpetrated by your own employees.
Arbitration agreements are not novel, but the law surrounding their enforcement continues to develop. Recently, the United States Supreme Court resolved inconsistent rulings by lower courts as to whether class action waivers in employment arbitration provisions, which require people to individually arbitrate any employment dispute, are acceptable. The Supreme Court held that, in general, class action waivers in arbitration provisions do not violate any laws and are therefore enforceable.
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new regulations that may allow some employers and self-employed individuals to buy large group health insurance through an association health plan (AHP). This may be of particular interest to small employers and self-employed individuals because an AHP covering 50 or more employees would not have to comply with a limited subset of Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules.
Staying on top of legal updates can be challenging, and deciphering what those changes mean for your business may prove even more difficult. Recently, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law updating the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Act. Below are some of the major changes and the impact you, the employer, may realize from these updates.
Fall protection has been number one for the past few years on the annual list of workplace violations released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, “Fall Protection – General Requirements” tops the current list by a wide margin with 6,072 violations. Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.
Every health and welfare plan (health, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, AD&D, Health FSA, etc.) subject to ERISA that has 100 or more participants on the first day of the plan year is required to file a Form 5500 with the federal Department of Labor (DOL) seven months after the end of the plan year. There’s a lot of to unpack in that statement, but a hidden issue that often gets overlooked is just how many plans are there.
Let’s say that one of the components of your wellness program involves biometric screening that uses discounts on insurance premiums as an incentive to get people to go through the screening. The government has seen fit to issue all sorts of regulations that control the way that many common wellness program practices can be performed. What are you supposed to do now?
Whether it’s petty theft, a complex embezzlement scheme or the threat of workplace violence, when it comes to keeping your business and employees safe, you have to consider the possibility that some workplace crimes may be perpetrated by your own employees. In addition to the direct costs of the injuries and losses stemming from the criminal activity, you may face additional liability where you knew or should have known that your employee was unfit and posed a risk to others and you failed to exercise reasonable care in hiring or in retaining that individual. So how do you protect your business and employees from workplace crime?
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