Salaries Positioned to Rise in 2016 as Economic Recovery Continues

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:22 PM NEW YORK—Even as the recovery from the Great Recession brought corporate profits, most workers' salaries have marginally kept pace with inflation. As the nation continues to more closer to full employment and with layoffs near historical lows, there are prominent indicators suggesting that lower paid workers are starting to see some of the gains of the nearly 7 year-old recovery.

What You Should Do if an OSHA Inspector Shows Up at Your Company

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 3:30 PM NEW YORK—The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is poised to begin 2016 with new challenges and increased on-site employer inspections. With that as the backdrop, how should you react if an OSHA inspector shows up at your office?

Employee Retention Tips to Consider for 2016

By Staff
Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:50 AM NEW YORK—From an overarching business perspective, recruiting and retaining talent will continue to offer significant challenges to corporations and business owners alike in 2016. The latest statistics are compelling: Three out of every 10 workers in your business will retire over the next 10 years. Of those same 10 people, three others are seeking new jobs at this moment.

Tips for Avoiding Liability During the Holidays

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 9:26 AM NEW YORK—As the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals so clearly stated, “at the risk of playing the Grinch . . . we note that office Christmas parties also seem to be fertile ground for unwanted sexual overtures that lead to Title VII complaints.” While true, it lacked clear guidance to employers on ways to avoid possible legal risks.

What You Should Know About Year-end Bonuses, Awards and Gifts

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2015 11:53 AM At year end, many employers like to reward their employees. What you do could affect your taxation and that of your employees. There are a few basics points to keep in mind.

New Overtime Law Change Can Have an Impact on Your Bottom Line

By Staff
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.

New Labor Ruling by the NLRB on Joint Ownership in Business

By Staff
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.

Helpful Tips for a Smooth Open Enrollment for Health Care Benefits

By Staff
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.

Investing in Employee Wellbeing

By Staff
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.

How to Be a Better Benefits Buyer

By Staff
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.

Rights of Employees When it Comes to Religious Wear at Work

By By Hedley Lawson, Jr.
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.

Small Firms Not Among the Growing Self-Insurance Movement

By By Hedley Lawson, Jr.
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 (EBRI).

The Continuing Questions Under the Affordable Care Act Health Care Reform

By Staff
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.

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).
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