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What to do when it’s ‘he said/she said’X


April 10, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Every manager has run into this issue during an investigation. Employee A says one thing happened. Employee B says something completely different happened.

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HR alert: May deadline for complying with new federal form


April 3, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

After May 7, failure to use the revised federal Form I-9 could result in penalties, says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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More firms offering Roth 401(k)s — should yours?


March 27, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

One of the benefits-related changes tucked away in the “fiscal-cliff” deal seems to already be impacting employers’ retirement plans.

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HHS issues final rule on health-benefits requirement


March 25, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

After releasing a number of bulletins and a proposed regulation, the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued its final rule on what constitutes “essential health benefits” under the healthcare reform law.

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How boss’s small slip-up cost employer $1.26M


March 20, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Every so often, employers need a good reminder on how important it is to make sure all frontline managers are properly trained in handling employees’ FMLA requests. And a recent court ruling shows just how dangerous one ill-prepared manager can be to the entire company.

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3 ways to make sure your wellness program gets results


March 18, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

If a wellness program doesn’t result in healthier employees and lower health costs, what’s the point?

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Study casts doubt on ergonomic furniture


March 15, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Do you have employees requesting the latest in ergonomic workstations. Take a look at the latest injury and fatigue statistics before letting your company jump in.

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Obamacare: IRS issues new rules on ‘affordability test’


March 13, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Another day, another part of Obamacare your company must prepare to comply with. The latest: the affordability test.

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Getting results by praising — and criticizing


March 4, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Traditional thinking says managers should praise the veteran employee’s work and focus on correcting the new hire’s mistakes. But studies show that approach doesn’t quite hit the mark.

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New approach to 401(k) match: Will it catch on?


February 20, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The method of employers’ paying out 401(k) matches has been pretty much the same for years — every paycheck contains the match. At least one employer is trying a different approach, one that could catch on.

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The little mistake that drives up your healthcare costs 25%


February 18, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

What if the people driving up your company’s healthcare costs the most weren’t the insurance companies or politicians, but folks a lot closer to home?

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Not sure if worker meets IC status? Now’s the time to check


February 13, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

If you have independent contractors working for your organization, it’s a good time — for at least two reasons — to double-check whether they meet the IRS standards for IC status.

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Alert HR: 3 changes to medical-leave act


February 13, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The US Labor Department just issued clarification on three key issues involving the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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IRS clarifies rule on health coverage


February 5, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

There are a few big surprises tucked away in the IRS’s recently proposed “Employer Shared Responsibility” regs under health reform.

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Employers get reprieve on insurance-exchange notices


February 4, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Good news: At least for now, you won’t have to worry about distributing notices on the availability of insurance coverage through state exchanges.

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Survey shows firms’ critical retention needs


February 1, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

In a new survey, companies reveal their biggest retention challenges.

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Free wellness info for you and your employees


January 30, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Wellness – it’s a proven strategy to reduce healthcare costs. Something that makes it even more appealing: the number of free resources available to employers to help their people take charge of their health and well-being.

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Feds release employment-law enforcement plan


January 23, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just released its final Strategic Enforcement Plan, laying out what’s on tap for employers for the next couple of years.

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IRS’s latest audit target — and how to avoid the problem


January 16, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Performing a simple cross-check between your A/P and Payroll departments could save your company from a dreaded IRS or state audit.

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Obamacare proposal: Increased wellness payoff


January 14, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

You may soon have significantly larger carrots to dangle in front of employees to get them healthier and reduce your healthcare costs.

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