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► Uncertainty Looms After Court Ruling in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

June 7, 2018

A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court found in favor of a Colorado baker who cited religious reasons for his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. While the outcome provides clarity to that baker, it still leaves some uncertainty for other employers. The Court’s ...

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► DOL Considers Easing Rules on Hazardous Jobs for Teens

May 25, 2018

According to media reports, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wants to scale back the rules on youth employment so that more teens would be allowed to train to work in jobs deemed hazardous. But attorneys focusing on employment law issues warn that even if the change takes place, employers will ...

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► IRS Releases New HSA Dollar Limits for 2019

May 23, 2018

The annual contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) are going up in 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced May 10. The maximum out-of-pocket limits for an HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan (HDHP) also will be increased for inflation, according to Revenue ...

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► Many Employees Still Prefer Going to the Office

May 21, 2018

In this age of telecommuting and workplace flexibility, it appears that many workers still prefer being present in the workplace. In fact, a new survey shows that most workers in the U.S. would rather go the office. Indeed, the survey, conducted by Randstad North America, a wholly owned ...

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► Progressive Health Benefit Offerings on the Upswing

May 17, 2018

A recent study indicates that employers are significantly increasing progressive health benefit offerings to their employees. The study, conducted by WorldatWork and Korn Ferry, found employers are providing a “dramatic” increase of progressive health benefits that are available 24/7 ...

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► Travel Logs: Hindsight is not 20/20

May 16, 2018

A recent Tax Court ruling held that travel logs reconstructed years after the fact were inadequate to substantiate business-related miles traveled as required by Section 274(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. Velez v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 2018-46 (April 5, 2018). Although the case involves ...

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► Should Employers Allow Pets at Work?

May 11, 2018

Some workplace experts believe that employers who allow pets at work gain important advantages. One claim made is the calming effect animals have on employees. And, since most cats and dogs sleep the majority of the day anyway, and their mere presence can be calming and reassuring for their ...

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► Difficult Payroll Issues and Questions Facing Employers

May 7, 2018

While processing payroll generally moves along smoothly, occasionally an issue will arise that presents a new problem.  Even for those who meticulously record time worked and pay hourly wages or overtime, every once in a while a situation crops up that makes you shake your head and start ...

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► DOL Releases Two New Opinion Letters on Breaks And Travel Time

April 26, 2018

Last June, we reported on the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announcement that it would reinstate the use of Opinion Letters, an interpretive practice that had been replaced by the issuance of Administrator Interpretations during the Obama years.  Opinion Letters provide valuable guidance to ...

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► Best Practices for Accommodating Religious Beliefs at Work

April 25, 2018

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964 prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their religion in hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. Under Title VII and most state laws, employers are required to accommodate an individual’s ...

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