Plan Sponsor Group Expresses Support for AHP Rule

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:00

The recent regulations on association health plans (AHPs) would make it easier for employers to provide cost-effective health coverage in a variety of situations, according to comments from a major plan sponsor organization. Other stakeholders, however, worry that AHP expansion might open the door to widespread fraud. courtneyk / E+ / Getty...

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IRS to Issue Opinion Letters, Extend Amendment Cycle for Some Restated Preapproved DB Plans

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 05:51

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to issue opinion and advisory letters for some preapproved defined benefit (DB) pension plans restated for changes in plan qualification requirements, the IRS announced March 9. The IRS said in Announcement 2018-05 that the letters would be issued for master and prototype (M&P) and volume submitter...

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Attracting Talent with Job Title Buzzwords

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:00

Have you given any thought to how you create a buzz around your job titles? Today we’ll look at a brief article and an infographic created by Adler that shows how using buzz-wordy job titles might just bring you the talent that you need. Source: BrianAJackson / iStock / Getty As a small and emerging business, every hire is integral to your...

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The Rise of the Caring Companies: Building Corporate Culture and Community by Giving Back

HR Hero Line - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 04:00

Over the past few years, a trend in charitable giving has emerged across the nation. While individual charitable giving has decreased, corporate giving—both employee volunteerism and more traditional grants and monetary donations—has grown, with smart companies leveraging purpose-driven corporate social responsibility programs as a way to...

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Amazon Coming to Town? Mitigate Talent Shortfalls with People Analytics

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:00

In January, Amazon announced its much anticipated shortlist of cities for its new second headquarters. While job seekers looking to join the industry giant eagerly anticipate the final announcement, companies currently operating in those shortlisted cities are dreading the impact that Amazon will have on their ability to attract and keep their top...

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Learn How Engaging U.S. Veterans Can Increase Your Company Brand Equity

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:00

You probably hear a lot about hiring veterans and the value they bring into the civilian workforce. There are hundreds of articles and studies written about it. In fact, there are even data that suggest how veterans are outperforming their civilian counterparts at work. There is good reason why some companies invest in hiring veterans. So, why...

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5 Tips for Handling Tricky Religious Accommodations

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 05:56

When an employee’s religious beliefs conflict with a workplace policy, you need to consider whether a reasonable accommodation can be made without creating an undue hardship. Many times, religious accommodations present challenging issues for supervisors and HR professionals, but these five tips can help ease the struggle. altmodern / iStock...

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6th Circuit: Highly Paid Workers Sometimes are Entitled to Overtime Under FLSA

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 05:38

The 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently ruled that two welding inspectors who earned more than $100,000 a year may have been entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Facts In 2013 and 2014, “Angus” and “Norm” worked as welding inspectors for Gulf Interstate Field Services....

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Studies Suggest Cooling Interest in HDHPs, Wellness Programs

HR Hero Line - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 05:36

A pair of recent studies suggest that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) paired with health savings accounts (HSAs) will not displace more traditional plan designs to the extent once predicted. utah778 / iStock / Getty Images Plus Which enrollment estimates vary considerably, most sources show that HDHP growth appeared to have slowed in 2017,...

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Recent 7th Circuit Case Highlights Best Practices for Accommodating Disabilities

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 05:57

Reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be a difficult area for employers to navigate. A recent case from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—provides a helpful example of how you should clearly spell out job requirements and qualifications so you can better...

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DOL Monetary Recoveries for Benefit Plans, Participants Rose 42% in FY 2017

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 05:21

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) monetary recoveries on behalf of benefit programs and participants by its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) unit topped $1 billion for fiscal year 2017, 42 % greater than the $777.5 million recovered in FY 2016, statistics from the department showed. Of the $1.1 billion recovered, $682.3 million came...

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Federal Court Rejects Interns’ FLSA Claim Against Hearst

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 05:20

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it was rescinding a guidance document on paying interns it issued in 2010. The former guidance suggested that employers need to apply a six-factor test to determine whether an intern must be paid. However, the test has been rejected by several appellate courts throughout the country,...

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Does Your Company Provide Soft Skills Training for IT?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 04:00

IT’s role in an organization has changed over the last 5 or 10 years, but has HR kept up? Today I am joined by Casey Foss, CMO at West Monroe Partners about the role that soft skills have to play when it comes to IT. The interview is based on a recent study conducted by West Monroe Partners concerning IT and soft skills. You can view the report...

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Infographic: Clean Workplaces Are More Productive

HR Hero Line - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 04:00

How does the cleanliness of a work space affect workers? That’s a question that Cleaning Services Group recently tackled. The following infographic explores a correlation between cleaner offices and productivity. The post Infographic: Clean Workplaces Are More Productive appeared first on HR Daily Advisor.

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Spending Bill’s Tip-Pooling Provision Opens Options for Employers

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:57

Employers of tipped employees have new options under a provision of the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Donald Trump signed on March 23, but a final rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) concerning tip pooling is yet to come. Under provisions included in the spending bill, employers may require their tipped employees to contribute to a...

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The Blessing of March Madness

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:38

March Madness is back and we’ve had a bit more madness this year. We saw the first 16 seed topple a 1 seed when UMBC shocked Virginia. Virginia’s early exit seemed to turn the South Region upside down, with upsets coming fast and furious. Eventually, upstart 11-seed Loyola University of Chicago stepped from the carnage, made its way through the...

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How to Build a Successful Globally Distributed Business

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 06:00

Who doesn’t dream of being able to run their business while literally sitting under a palm tree watching the waves rolling in onto the soft, white sand? Or perhaps staring out the “office” window looking out over a magnificent forest setting? For some, it might just be the dream of running their business from a home office while the rest of...

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IRS Adjusts HSA Contribution Limit, Other Thresholds for 2018

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 05:40

The family contribution limit for a health savings account (HSA) for 2018 was reduced from $6,900 to $6,850 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), along with adjustments made to other IRS thresholds to reflect the recent tax legislation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in December (Pub. L. 115-97) changed the method for calculating annual...

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Preventing ‘We Do’ from Becoming #Metoo

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 05:26

Recently, the #MeToo movement has sparked a vital dialogue about workplace sexual harassment. If you are an employer or HR professional, you should be paying attention and thinking about what steps you should take to protect your employees and your workplace. Romance in the Office In addition to the regular evaluation of your antiharassment...

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Stay Interviews: An Underutilized Tool for Reducing Turnover, Increasing Engagement

HR Hero Line - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:01

There is a saying in the outplacement business after any reduction in force that managers should “re-recruit” their employees by reminding them how valuable they are. Companies are particularly vulnerable at that time because employee turnover usually spikes. A tool to help re-recruit employees is the stay interview.  Stay interviews are...

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