Pay Bump? Surveys Indicate Salary Increase of 3 Percent for 2015

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 PM NEW YORK—Employees of U. S. companies can expect a median base salary increase of 3 percent in 2015 across all main employee categories and most industries, still below pre-recession levels, according to separate research findings by pay consultancy Hay Group and WorldatWork, an association of total rewards professionals.

Federal Agencies Issue Best-Practice Guidance on Background Checks

By By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:48 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently co-published two guidance documents reiterating how the agencies’ respective laws apply to background checks performed for employment purposes.

Remedies for the Prospect of Flu Affecting Your Workplace

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, November 25, 2013 10:59 AM NEW YORK—As everyone knows, flu season is here. According to the Walgreens Flu Impact Report, U.S. adults missed an incredible 230 million work days during last year's flu season.

How to Avoid Problems When Conducting Background Checks

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, November 11, 2013 2:00 PM NEW YORK—Federal and State laws provide guidelines for employers when requesting criminal history information and defining when an employer may make an employment decision based on such information.

Tax Credits for Hiring Vets to Expire in December

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, November 04, 2013 2:54 PM NEW YORK—Under current law, the tax credits Congress designed to encourage employers to hire military veterans are effective only for hiring completed in 2013.

Affordable Care Act's Confusing Terminology

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:00 PM One reason for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) many critics is the way the law is worded.

New Health and Human Services Website for Employers on PPACA

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, September 16, 2013 11:00 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new website specifically designed to educate employers on how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will affect businesses.

Exit Routes Are Mandatory Under OSHA

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, August 26, 2013 11:40 AM NEW YORK—Is there a clear way out of your building in case of an emergency? Do you know where all the exits are in case your first choice is blocked or too crowded?

Benefit Plan Impact Following DOMA Decision

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 1:28 PM NEW YORK—On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) unconstitutionally encroached on states’ rights to regulate marriage. Section 3 of DOMA prohibited for purposes of federal law the recognition of same-sex marriages.

Growth in Medical Costs for 2014 Projected to Slow to 6.5 Percent

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:15 PM NEW YORK—Health care cost growth for large employers in the U.S. is projected to slow to 6.5 percent in 2014, down from 7.5 percent in 2013, according to consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute's annual report, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers. This projection is based on an analysis of medical costs in the large-employer market, which covers about 150 million Americans.

The Growing Prevalence of Paid Sick Leave

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:45 AM NEW YORK—A number of states and cities across the country have recently passed bills that require employers to provide paid sick days, sparking concern by companies, and initiatives to overturn these laws.

Employment Opportunities Look Bleak for Recent College Graduates

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, May 31, 2013 9:45 AM NEW YORK—Following a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which found that employers are not planning to hire as many members of the class of 2013 as initially expected, a new survey published by Adecco, a global human resources consulting company, confirmed those findings.

Employer-Provided Health Coverage Declined Over Past Decade

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, May 09, 2013 2:30 PM NEW YORK—The percentage of Americans who receive health insurance through employers fell significantly over the past decade, from 69.7 percent in 2000 to 59.5 percent in 2011, according to a new report by the nonprofit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

As Health Care Reform Moves Forward, Be Prepared for an Overload of Information

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:00 PM NEW YORK—If employers find that explaining benefits to their employees is challenging now, then they should brace themselves for fall enrollment when workers are expected to receive an avalanche of marketing materials from insurers, health insurance exchanges and government agencies in anticipation of health care reform, according to experts.

Be Proactive to Avoid Litigation

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, April 01, 2013 4:10 PM Employment lawsuits continue to rise and along with them, the costs associated with these actions. What can a company do to reduce its employment litigation expenses?
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