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► Sexual Harassment Charges Filed With EEOC Rise in 2018

October 10, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new report on sexual harassment data for fiscal year (FY) 2018 shows a more than 50 percent increase in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the agency and a more than 12 percent increase in the number of charges it received over FY 2017. ...

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► Think Twice When Dealing With Prescription Drug Users

October 8, 2018

Many employers have policies requiring applicants or employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs that could impair job performance or potentially pose a safety concern. If you’re one of those employers, you should be aware that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ...

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► COBRA Documents and Notices: When are Penalties Warranted?

September 26, 2018

When an employee is terminated from employment and loses group health plan coverage (subject to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)), plan administrators and third-party administrators (TPAs) should ensure that all affected qualified beneficiaries are provided, in a timely ...

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► NDAs in the Era of the #MeToo Movement

September 21, 2018

The seemingly endless revelations about workplace sexual harassment and assault allegations have put nondisclosure agreements (NDAs)–once routine and little thought about–under a bright spotlight in recent months. First, it was the #MeToo movement and protests by sexual harassment ...

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► Health Savings Accounts Serve Many Purposes

September 20, 2018

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax-free accounts established for the purpose of paying qualified medical expenses of an employee or dependent that is covered under a high-deductible health insurance plan. A common fallacy is that HSAs are merely a slightly different version of health flexible ...

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► Think Before you Speak: What Not to Say to a Pregnant Worker

September 18, 2018

Most employers will agree that managing employees isn't always easy, and tempering your reactions to some situations that arise in the workplace can be tough. A recent case before the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals shows how a supervisor's uncontrolled statements and the company's ...

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► Student Loan Repayment Benefit Options Proposed by IRS

September 17, 2018

On August 17, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a private letter ruling (PLR) that appears to give the go-ahead to an employer-sponsored student loan repayment benefit offered through the company’s 401(k) plan. PLR 201833012 confirmed that, under certain circumstances, ...

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► Deadline Near For Comments on OSHA's e-Recordkeeping Rule

September 13, 2018

Employers have through September 28 to submit comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposal to amend its controversial Obama-era e-recordkeeping rule. In July, OSHA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rule intended to ...

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► Six Crucial Skills Every HR Professional Should Possess

September 11, 2018

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, enrollment of human resources specialists is expected to grow by more than 20 percent through 2020, which is faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, Forbes has voted Human Resources as one of the best jobs requiring a bachelor’s ...

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► Is Termination Permitted When an Employee is on FMLA Leave?

September 7, 2018

Employee terminations must always be handled carefully, but when the employee you are planning to terminate is protected by or has taken leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it can make an already tricky situation that much trickier. Caution is needed when taking such actions ...

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