Know about discriminatory practices to avoid. Federal employment discrimination law does not prohibit employers from requesting or obtaining criminal history information about applicants and employees. However, an employer’s use of such information could result in a claim of discrimination.
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For many employers, performance evaluations have become obsolete and for others they still exist, but only as a small part of a much grander process. Unfortunately, the annual performance evaluation by itself seldom provides any benefit, is often dreaded by managers and employees alike, and can be incredibly time consuming.
HIPAA rules require group health plans to provide special enrollment opportunities to certain employees, dependents, and COBRA qualified beneficiaries. Being aware of special enrollment situations is important, along with making sure special enrollment rights are communicated.
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In December, many employers reward employees with cash bonuses, which can be great motivators when they are designed to reward employees who meet or exceed their performance goals. Year-end bonuses also contribute to the holiday atmosphere of generosity and gratitude. But did you know that year-end bonus payments can pose traps for the unwary employer?
On-site clinics are a growing trend, but employers should consider the legal implications and practical considerations of sponsoring on-site clinics. This eBook discusses the risks, compliance and administrative obligations, as well as, the best practices for implementing a clinic designed to help reduce health plan costs and boost employee productivity.
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When employees turn age 65, they often have questions about their health benefits. Employers, too, seek to understand the interaction of Medicare, HSAs, and health plan coverage. Here are some myths about how Medicare coverage interacts with a company’s group health plan coverage.
In late June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling in the case Janus v. AFSCME that could impact the funding of many public sector unions. In Janus, the Supreme Court held that public employees who are not members of their union can no longer be forced to pay agency fees and must consent to paying union dues.
In a tight labor market where competition for the best talent is fierce, it’s tough to keep up with latest trends, and even more of a challenge to decide which trends to pursue. In this article we will cover some of the latest benefits we see employers considering and implementing.
Most employers know that when an employee requests an accommodation due to a disability, the employer has an obligation to respond under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But many employers aren’t sure how to respond, or under what circumstances they can deny the request. This article address the common ADA mistakes that employers make and how to avoid making them.
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.
The IRS released a new Form W-4 for 2018 in February. It also revised its “Withholding Calculator” for employees to use to make sure they are having the proper amounts withheld from their paychecks. The minimum employers have to do is make sure they’re providing the new Form W-4 to newly hired employees and employees wishing to update their Form W-4 on and after April 1, 2018.
The ESRM is the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate, introduced by the Affordable Care Act, and is now fully implemented. This article is for you if your company is newly subject to the ESRM or if you are new to the ESRM.
In the time since we published an article on the Cadillac Tax in November of 2017, the Cadillac Tax has been delayed again. This time, as part of the spending bill signed January 22, 2018, the Cadillac Tax has been delayed until 2022.
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