Widespread Deficiencies in Benefit Plan Audits Reported by DOL

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10:00 AM NEW YORK—A May 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits, warns of serious issues with the quality of benefit plan audits performed by certified public accountants (CPAs).

Employers’ Health Care Costs Projected to Rise 6.5 Percent for 2016

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Friday, June 26, 2015 11:52 AM NEW YORK—Medical costs for employers in the U.S. will increase an estimated 6.5 percent for 2016, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute (HRI), a rate that is slightly lower than the 6.8 percent projected by HRI for calendar year 2015.

Tips for Hiring Managers on Avoiding Improper Job Interview Questions

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:02 PM A recent survey of more than 2,100 hiring and human resource managers throughout the U.S. who responded to a survey sponsored by CareerBuilder and conducted by Harris Poll Online, found that approximately 20 percent of hiring managers reported that they have asked an interview question only to find out later that the question possibly violated the law.

Establishing Contemporary LBGT Policies in the Workplace

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Monday, June 08, 2015 3:59 PM NEW YORK—Now more than ever, employees are embracing their sexual identities, both in and out of the workplace. And their peers are embracing them and their identity, at work and outside of work.

Proven Ways You Can Improve Office Morale and Productivity

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Monday, April 20, 2015 4:11 PM NEW YORK—With some frequency, I’m often approached or called by a client company to discuss an awkward topic: office morale and team productivity. It is awkward because to some business owners, "office morale" seems like a term invented by employees who simply want to have more fun at work, rather than work.

Bona Fide Service Animals Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Monday, April 13, 2015 12:26 PM NEW YORK—Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), private businesses that are publicly accessible must permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. The Department of Justice (DOJ) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.

Impact of New Immigration Initiatives on the Workforce

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Monday, February 02, 2015 10:44 AM NEW YORK—On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama unilaterally announced a series of executive immigration initiatives that will impact millions of individuals already in the U.S. and their current or future employers.

As Economic Outlook Brightens, Health Care Premiums Increase for 2015

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:31 AM NEW YORK—U.S. companies saw a relatively modest uptick in health plan costs in 2014, but premiums will see a sharper increase this year, according to new research released in November 2014 by Aon Hewitt.

Unions Are Advocating 'E-Mail at Work' to the National Labor Relations Board

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Monday, January 05, 2015 11:30 AM NEW YORK—The National Labor Relations Board http://nlrb.gov/ (NLRB) is considering reversing a seven-year-old ruling that currently prohibits employees from using the company e-mail systems to communicate about ways to work together to improve wages and working conditions.

Avoiding Liability in Your Company During the Holiday Season

By Staff
Monday, December 22, 2014 11:00 AM NEW YORK—Holidays are always a joyous time of year. As a reminder, before you begin to plan your holiday festivities, take a moment to assess the potential legal liability that this holiday season may bring.

Companies Plan to Adjust Health Care Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

By Staff
Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:04 AM NEW YORK—Recent surveys given to thousands of mid- to large-size firms nationwide by Towers Watson, the National Business Group on Health, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have learned that at least 33 percent of surveyed companies are considering cutting or reducing subsidies for employee family members.

States Raise Minimum Wages Due to Changes in Requirements

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014 11:17 AM NEW YORK—Despite political differences in Congress on a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage, many lower-paid workers have seen their earnings increase due to recent changes in state requirements.

New Rules and Regulations for 2015 Payroll Taxes

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Friday, November 21, 2014 11:30 AM NEW YORK—High-earning employees will find more of their salary subject to Social Security payroll taxes starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

Flu Season Is on the Way

By Staff
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 PM NEW YORK—In the last decade, fears of pandemics, including "avian flu," SARS, and H1N1 influenza, have swept across the globe. In 2012, employers worried about the flu season since it started early, spread quickly, and caused unexpected numbers of deaths. Last year, concerns arose about the "H7N9 bird flu" in China.
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