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An Introduction to Cafeteria Plans: Permitted Tax-Exempt and Taxable Benefits

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 06:00

By definition, cafeteria plans allow employees to choose between cash and a variety of employer-provided benefits without having to include the value of their chosen benefits as taxable income. Cafeteria plans are popular because they allow employees to design individualized benefits programs that suit their own special needs. For example, an...

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Cadillac Tax Pushed Back Again, This Time to 2022

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 05:43

Buried in the January 22 passage of legislation to re-open the federal government was a welcome bit of news for employers: The effective date of the wildly unpopular “Cadillac Tax” has been pushed back yet again. It is now set to take effect in 2022 rather than 2020 (the original implementation date was January 1, 2018). The Cadillac Tax was...

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New Study Reveals What’s Hindering Productivity in Your Workplace

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 05:29

Nintex, which specializes in workflow and content automation, has released a new study revealing the most broken processes in American workplaces and how they contribute to employee satisfaction and performance. Yuri_Arcurs / DigitalVision / Getty Images The study, called the “Definitive Guide to America’s Most Broken Processes,” found that a...

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10 Tips for Managing Salary Expectations

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 05:14

A recent Glassdoor survey revealed that more employees are expected to quit in the coming year, citing salary as the main reason why. To get ahead of the turnover, Glassdoor offers 10 tips you can use to help manage your employees’ salary expectations. Determine Your Approach It’s up to you to develop an approach for salary transparency that...

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6th Circuit Court’s Decision Provides Guidance on Draw-on-Commission Policies

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:46

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—held that an employer’s week-to-week, commission-only pay system was generally valid. However, it was illegal for the company’s policy to state that employees had to repay immediately upon termination draws that...

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Employers Left in Wellness-Plan Limbo

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:38

In recent years, more and more employers have implemented wellness programs—employee participation programs that may include wellness education, health or fitness challenges, and even limited medical testing and preventive care requirements—to promote and encourage employee health and wellbeing. Through these programs, they hope to create a...

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Robots Aren’t Taking Over: 86% of Employers say Digitization Will Increase or Maintain Headcounts

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 05:10

Developing the best blend of technical skills and soft skills is the solution to the Skills Revolution for individuals and employers alike. As technology transforms organizations, skills needs are changing rapidly and companies are struggling to find the talent they need. ManpowerGroup’s new report—Robots Need Not Apply: Human Solutions in...

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What is Paid ‘Safe Time’?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 04:00

Paid “safe time” refers to paid time off used specifically to deal with issues related to domestic abuse. While many employers offer some form of paid time off, not all employers have specific PTO days allotted to deal with domestic abuse. This can be a critical distinction, as it allows victims in these situations to try to take steps to...

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Benefits to Hiring Ex-Convicts

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 04:00

In yesterday’s Advisor, we outlined some of the perceived risks involved for employers who opt to hire ex-convicts. Today, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the potential benefits. There are a lot of potential benefits for employers who consider hiring someone with a previous conviction: The hiring can become evidence of...

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All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Wage Disparity Issues

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:56

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came forward, several others have joined him in accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior. Netflix suspended...

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Sleep deprivation: Know whether it’s a performance problem or a disability

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:11

Employers striving for a diverse workforce take care not to discriminate against employees with a disability, but hidden disabilities can be tricky. Supervisors might think they’re dealing with performance problems when they really should be considering whether an employee has a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ...

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Is there harm in asking? Questioning employees about their plans to retire

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 07:02

by Michele L. (Warnock) Brott Retirement decisions cannot be divorced from a person’s age. When asking questions about retirement, employers should be cognizant of age discrimination laws and the implications of making such inquiries.  Applicable laws Age discrimination is governed by both federal law and the laws in most states. The...

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Can they do that? Firing employees for off-duty conduct

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:55

by T. Harold Pinkley Participating in last year’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—an event that involved several groups usually identified as the “alt-right,” along with groups protesting the marchers—has proven to have unforeseen and unintended consequences, including job loss, for some of the people...

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DOJ reverses course on Title VII protections for transgender persons

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:54

by Angela N. Johnson On October 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum announcing the U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) new stance that transgender employees aren’t protected from discrimination under federal law. The announcement reflects a reversal from the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law...

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Discrimination against breastfeeding employee leads to jury verdict

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 06:48

by Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal law required employers with more than 50 employees to provide breastfeeding employees a private location, other than a toilet stall, where they can express breastmilk in privacya. And, of course, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) has prohibited discrimination...

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HR’s work not over when harassment investigation ends

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:41

As more and more people are coming forward with claims of sexual harassment in the workplace, employers have rightly focused on making internal investigations thorough and effective. But the work doesn’t end when the investigation is wrapped up. In fact, it may be just beginning, according to an attorney and a human resources expert who urge...

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Cure and punishment

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:40

by Mark I. Schickman In all of the attention recently given to Harvey Weinstein and his ilk, the focus has been on personalities and far too little of it on the systemic problem of ubiquitous sexual harassment. The discussion has been centered on punishment, with far too little said about the cure.  Weinstein himself presents a plain and...

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Language, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:40

by Lauren E.M. Russell Employees’ use of a language other than English in the workplace presents many considerations in the employment law context. An individual’s language is tightly tied with race and national origin, which are protected categories under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and many states’...

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What EEOC’s recent lawsuit over parental leave means for employers

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:29

by Jessica A.H. Howell The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws when individuals claim workplace discrimination. Recently, the EEOC filed suit against a cosmetics company for implementing and administering parental leave benefits in a discriminatory manner based on sex....

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Oklahoma jury awards transgender worker $1.165 million in bias suit

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 05:20

by Charlie Plumb The courts, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hold differing views on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or sexual identity. Nevertheless, on November 20, an Oklahoma City federal court jury...

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