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.

Establishing Contemporary LBGT Policies in the Workplace

By Staff
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.

How to Select the Right Third-Party Benefit Administrator

By Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015 2:02 PM NEW YORK—Administering payroll, benefits, time and attendance cost mid-sized employers over $2,000 per employee annually, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Commissioned for payroll provider ADP, the study found that large employers typically paid a bit less, at $1,400 per employee per year, which is why many employers turn to third-party benefit administrators.

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.

Celebrating Halloween at Work: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Staff
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:10 PM NEW YORK—Halloween is just around the corner, and many companies have now decided what they plan to do for Halloween celebrations at work. For employers who may still be undecided, here is some information you may wish to consider.

A New Cybersecurity Roadmap to Keep Your Company Safe

By Staff
Monday, July 7, 2014 11:58 AM NEW YORK—On Feb. 12, 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency within the Department of Commerce, published a 41-page “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” in response to President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order calling for such a framework.

A Different Kind of ‘March Madness’ : Combating Workplace Gambling

By Staff
Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:00 AM NEW YORK—It seems like yesterday that the buzz was about the NFL Championship and which team was favored by employees throughout your office and practice.

Time-Off Incentives Can Recharge a Hard Working Staff

By Staff
Monday, February 24, 2014 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A New York Times article reported on a six-month study called “Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder” conducted by Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University and published by Harvard Business Review on how companies around the world use incentives in the workplace.

Party Smart This Holiday Season

By Staff
Monday, December 9, 2013 2:41 PM NEW YORK—"’Tis the season to be careful,” is the motto of employers referring to holiday parties.

Tax Credits for Hiring Vets to Expire in December

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, November 4, 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.

Companies Get Strict on Health of Workers

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, April 1, 2013 4:00 PM A recent Aon Hewitt survey of 800 large and midsize employers, which found that the vast majority of companies (79 percent) use rewards, like lower insurance premiums, to motivate employees to improve their health.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 'Catch Up'

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 1:42 PM A recent poll of U.S.-based companies conducted just after Election Day found that many respondents had delayed enacting health care plan changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Gay Friendly Corporations Boost Bottom Line Financial Performance

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:35 AM On October 23rd, New York’s business leaders met to announce Prudential as the winner of the 2013 Corporate Equality Ally Award. Prudential received a stellar 100 percent rating on the Human Right Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index for the past nine years.
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