Monday, November 9, 2015 10:29 AM
NEW YORK—Employers across the country are about to see big changes in overtime pay. Earlier this year, President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Labor
to update the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act
. The most significant proposed change for employers is that salaried employees making less than $50,440 annually will become eligible for overtime pay beginning in 2016.
Monday, November 2, 2015 10:43 AM
NEW YORK—A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board
(NLRB) involving a case pitting the Teamsters Union and Browning-Ferris Industries reverses decades of standard practice around the concept of joint ownership in business.
Monday, October 19, 2015 3:00 PM
NEW YORK—Open enrollment for individual health plans begins on Nov. 1 for plans that start on Jan. 1, 2016. However, small businesses can enroll in Small Business Health Options Program
(SHOP) plans at any time.
Monday, August 24, 2015 2:38 PM
NEW YORK—During the early 1980s, while I headed the Human Resources team at SOLA Optical, we implemented an employee Health and Wellness program called Healthways. Our goals in creating the program were simple, yet profound.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 10:05 AM
NEW YORK—Employers spend thousands per employee on health insurance plans each year. Yet not all companies check the quality of their plan before buying.
Monday, July 27, 2015 7:00 AM
NEW YORK—With increasing frequency, I am called by a client company or a prospective client to ask about the rights of employees to wear religious articles at work. After a brief discussion, I inform them that employers cannot generally enforce a policy prohibiting employees from wearing articles of religious importance at work.
Monday, July 20, 2015 1:26 PM
NEW YORK—U.S. small businesses have not followed the same path of bigger firms by starting to self-insure their medical benefits to avoid the costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to recent research findings by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:05 AM
NEW YORK—The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in effect for almost five years now with no expectation of significant changes to the law. Pieces of the law will continue to be rolled out through 2020, so there still are several important issues for employers to consider going forward.
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).
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.
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.
Monday, June 8, 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.
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.
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.