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► New Report Shows More Employers Offering Healthcare

November 20, 2018

The percentage of private-sector employers offering group health coverage rebounded slightly in 2017 after a long gradual decline, according to an issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). After declining from 56.4% to 45.3% between 2008 and 2016, this percentage ...

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► What is "Good Reason" for Terminating an Employee?

November 16, 2018

It's common for executive and key employees to have contracts governing the terms and conditions of their employment with their employer. It’s also common for employment contracts to be negotiated and entered into in the context of a business sale transaction in which (1) the ...

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► Plan Sponsors Take Note: IRS Updates Safe Harbor Notices & VCP Online Filing

November 12, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), earlier this fall, announced two updates to procedures that plan sponsors and their service providers should note. In Notice 2018-74 , the agency refreshed guidance on the safe harbor that employers may use to comply with retirement plan participant notice ...

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► Flu Shot Weather is Here But Can Employers Require Them?

November 5, 2018

With the cold days of winter on the horizon, it's time to think about flu vaccines again. With all the press and publicity surrounding flu shots and increasing urgency to get them, employers are faced with numerous questions. For example, can they require their employees to be vaccinated, and ...

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► Company to Pay Record $16M in HIPAA Data Breach Settlement

October 29, 2018

Anthem Inc., a health benefits company, has agreed to pay a record $16 million to settle HIPAA allegations related to the historic data breach the insurer suffered in 2015. The amount of the resolution agreement, announced October 15 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is ...

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► Labor Department Proposal Offers Small Employer Retirement Plans

October 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a mechanism to help small businesses offer retirement plans to their employees. However, while the proposal may ease the way for some employers, it doesn’t eliminate all complications. The DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ...

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► 2019 Social Security Wage Base and Cost of Living Increases

October 25, 2018

The Social Security Administration has announced a new wage base ceiling and a hike in the cost-of-living for next year. The maximum wage base for Social Security tax will be $132,900 in 2019, up from $128,400 in 2018, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced October 11. The ...

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► Employer Alert: Phishing E-mails Targeting Payroll Accounts

October 24, 2018

Employers should be on the alert for e-mail phishing scams that target their online payroll accounts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned recently. Cybercriminals are using these e-mails to capture employees’ log-in credentials, the FBI explained in a September public ...

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► Hurry Up and Wait: Is The DOL Finally Issuing New Overtime Rules?

October 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is on its way to issuing a new rule to determine what workers are eligible for overtime pay, and employers are expected to see a salary threshold higher than the one that’s been in place since 2004 but considerably lower than the one previously sought. ...

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► New Law Expands Sexual Harassment Training to All Workers

October 16, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, employers in California with 5 or more employees (or independent contractors) must provide sexual harassment training to all employees ( SB 1343 ). The deadline for compliance with initial training is January 1, 2020. Employers must then provide the training every two ...

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