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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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► 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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