ARTICLE ARCHIVES

401(k) plans get 3 new safe harbors

07/04/2015
If you have an auto-enrollment 401(k) or 403(b) plan, or a plan with escalation features, then you probably have administrative problems. Run-of-the-mill 401(k) plans aren’t a piece of cake to administer, either. The IRS has created three new safe harbors under which you don’t need to make corrective contributions for missed or incorrectly calculated employee pretax deferrals if certain conditions are met. The safe harbors became effective April 2, 2015.

Aug. 3 is near; W-2c procrastinators beware

07/03/2015
Electronic W-2 filing is paying off for the Social Security Administration—it’s now able to process hundreds of millions of W-2 files per day and send that information to the IRS by the next business day.

How to limit damage from an employee-turned-competitor

07/03/2015
It happens more often than you might think: You find out that one of your employees is preparing to go out on her own or jump ship to join a competitor. Your fear: There go our trade secrets. Here’s how to prevent the problem, or respond to it if it happens.

Post-ACA, small business still shuns self insurance

07/03/2015
Small businesses are not following the lead of bigger firms by self-insuring their health benefits to avoid the costs of the Affordable Care Act, according to new research by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.

How to manage your staff through a crisis

07/01/2015
Staff morale is a key factor in how engaged and accountable employees feel in their roles. But how do you keep spirits high when business waters are clearly troubled?

The HR I.Q. Test: July '15

07/01/2015
Here's your monthly quiz on HR trends and issues.

Child care: The huge cost many of your employees pay

07/01/2015
Child care costs continue to be a heavy lift for America’s working families, according to ChildCare Aware of America’s latest Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report.

Here's your retaliation 'get out of jail free' card

07/01/2015
If you don’t know an employee has engaged in so-called protected activity, you can’t be liable for retaliation. A recent case demonstrates this.

White-collar OT threshold doubling to more than $50K

06/30/2015
The Department of Labor estimates the move will make at least five million more workers eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week.

July 2015: Employer's business tax calendar

06/30/2015
Here's your monthly guide to critical payroll due dates.

Agenda tips DOL's hand on after-hours technology and pay

06/30/2015
Tucked inside the Obama administration’s Semiannual Regulatory Agenda this spring was a Department of Labor initiative worth watching: A Wage and Hour Division effort to study how employees’ after-hours use of technology might affect wages and overtime pay.

ACA decision reaffirms employer mandate

06/29/2015
The Supreme Court’s June 25 decision in King v. Burwell did more than guarantee that Affordable Care Act subsidies are available to all qualified individuals, regardless of whether they buy health insurance through a state or federal exchange. It also reaffirmed that the ACA’s employer mandate is here to stay.

Review policies in wake of same-sex ruling

06/29/2015
The Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage means HR departments must review company policies to root out all references to the gender of an employee’s spouse.

Are we liable for food poisoning that employee suffers while working out of town?

06/29/2015
Q. We have a question regarding our crews that work out of town and stay out for about four days. Can we be held liable if they get sick on a meal that was paid for by the company? We are thinking about paying a per diem instead to resolve this issue. If an employee is working on a road crew and takes off sick and stays in motel room, are we required to supply him the meal per diem?

What's simmering under the surface of your workplace?

06/29/2015
There's a long list of behaviors that can create a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment in the eyes of the law. Do you know everything that's on it?
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