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ACA Remains in Place After being Struck Down by Federal Court

ACA Remains in Place After being Struck Down by Federal Court

On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal court judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. The decision was not stayed, but
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Extended IRS Furnishing Deadline for ACA Reporting

Extended IRS Furnishing Deadline for ACA Reporting

On Nov. 29, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-94 to: Extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2018 from Jan. 31, 2019, to March 4, 2019; and Extend good-faith transition relief
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Safety Programs and the Impact to Your Bottom Line

Safety Programs and the Impact to Your Bottom Line

If you could save your company money, improve productivity and increase employee morale, would you? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplaces that establish safety programs and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs
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Marriott Hack: Personal Information from 500 Million Guests Exposed

Marriott Hack: Personal Information from 500 Million Guests Exposed

Marriott International, a hospitality company that oversees one of the largest hotel chains in the world, recently announced that its guest reservation system had been hacked. Marriott indicated that information from approximately 500 million of their guests had been exposed
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Multicultural Workplace Management

Multicultural Workplace Management

With today’s global economy and the growing ethnic and racial diversity found throughout the country, multicultural workplaces are becoming the norm for many employers. Though diversity in the workplace is a positive thing, it can also present unique challenges to
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Work Events: Reduce Your Exposures

Work Events: Reduce Your Exposures

Businesses host parties for a variety of reasons, including the holidays and organizational accomplishments. While these work events are fun, team-building opportunities, they can create a number of risks for the hosting company. In fact, in the event that an
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Flu Season Planning – National Influenza Vaccination Week: Dec. 3-9

Flu Season Planning – National Influenza Vaccination Week: Dec. 3-9

Many employers may not realize the impact that the flu season can have on their company. If a major influenza outbreak hits your community, you may face highly elevated employee absenteeism rates, which could lead to business interruption and lost
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E.coli Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Strikes Again

E.coli Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Strikes Again

For your health, it may be best to skip the salad this Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that romaine lettuce is, yet again, unsafe after at least 32 people in 11
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Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace

As an employer what can you do to maintain a drug free environment in the midst of states adopting laws legalizing marijuana? This article covers the multiple areas related to marijuana use and your rights as an employer to maintain
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Common Sense and Safety

Common Sense and Safety

Serious accidents can happen when you take safety for granted and don’t use your common sense. Consider this situation: a man was adding fuel to his lawnmower. He poured some gasoline, then took a step back with the open fuel
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Workplace Safety Boosted by Technology

Workplace Safety Boosted by Technology

More than 14 people a day died while doing their jobs in 2016, highlighting the need for safety and procedural enhancements at their workplaces. Employers are starting to embrace new technology, such as the following, in an effort to improve
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Eldercare Facilities and Pollution

Eldercare Facilities and Pollution

In a still struggling economy, eldercare is one of the few growth industries in the United States and is expected to continue expanding. As you likely realize, eldercare is a very unique industry as well, and faces its own distinct
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Proposed Rule Would Expand Options for HRAs

Proposed Rule Would Expand Options for HRAs

On Oct. 23, 2018, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule that would expand the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Effective in 2020, the proposed rule would: Allow
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FCRA Compliance for Employers Using Consumer Background Checks

FCRA Compliance for Employers Using Consumer Background Checks

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that restricts how consumer information may be gathered, shared and used. While many of its requirements apply only to businesses that compile and provide consumer information (such as credit or
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The Dangers of Job Site Cellphone Use

The Dangers of Job Site Cellphone Use

According to a recent study, the average person checks their cellphone 100 times a day. While there is a time and a place for cellphones, using it at the job site can be extremely dangerous. If you’re distracted for just
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