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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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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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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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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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Feds propose 9 new safety standards for business


February 7, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor have big plans for 2013, according to the just-released regulatory agenda.

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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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XSettling customer disputes through arbitration: Maybe not such a good deal


January 23, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Nobody ever wants a customer dispute to land in a courtroom. But is arbitration really a better alternative?

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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: HHS proposes 10 health-plan ‘musts’


January 9, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

For companies debating their next move as Obamacare kicks into full gear, key info has just been released.

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Increased FUTA tax deposits for employers in 18 states


January 9, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Employers who do business in 18 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be making larger-than- usual Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax deposits.

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Following federal law on rest breaks


January 2, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Several court cases and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act have dictated the rules on rest breaks for employees. (Some states have separate rules.) To test your knowledge of the federal rules, respond True or False to the following:

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Making sure you don’t get tripped up in ‘at-will’ agreements


January 2, 2013 by Jim Giuliano

Two legal cases in 2012 show how a tiny mistake in an at-will employment policy could end up in a violation of federal labor law.

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2 types of tax audits looming: Are you ready?


December 19, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

There’s a double-barreled audit risk for businesses these days — one from the states and the other from the feds.

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Court case sends warning on COBRA records


December 13, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

Alert your Benefits department to a recent ruling that shows how hard courts can come down on employers with shoddy COBRA processes.

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More healthcare confusion: Who’s an ’employee’?


December 12, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

With the the Affordable Care Act no longer in doubt, many employers are scrambling to determine just who on their payroll counts as a full-time employee (FTE). Here’s help.

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Health reform here to stay: What now?


December 5, 2012 by Jim Giuliano

The reelection of President Obama effectively quashed any chance of a repeal or even a delay of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Now that the change is imminent, it’s time for you and your HR people to get ready.

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