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Affordable Care Act Changes for 2016

Affordable Care Act Changes for 2016

There are several Affordable Care Act changes for 2016 for large employers (100+ full time equivalent employees) and mid-sized employers (50-99 full time equivalent employees). Here are the major ones to be aware of: Employer Mandate Reporting Begins (Section 6056...

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Employees Discussing Salaries: Can You Legally Prevent it?

Employees Discussing Salaries: Can You Legally Prevent it?

Generally speaking, employers may not like the idea of their employees discussing salaries with one another. It could lead to some employees feeling they aren't being paid fairly, or cause resentment if they feel other employees are being overcompensated. Therefore an...

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Social Security Wage Base for 2016

Yesterday the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the Social Security wage base for 2016 will remain the same as 2015 - $118,500. Two other items remain unchanged from this year: all covered wages are still subject to the 1.45% Medicare tax, and wages...

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Asking Applicants About Disabilities

Asking Applicants About Disabilities

Q:  We received an application from someone who has worked for our grocery store in the past. A few of our current employees tell me that this applicant has been in and out of the hospital lately due to severe back pain. Is this something we can ask him about during...

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Telecommuting Program Best Practices

Telecommuting Program Best Practices

If you decide to offer a telecommuting program to your employees, we recommend you create a policy and follow it consistently. Additionally, any employee who telecommutes should sign an agreement stating that they have read and understood the policy and acknowledge...

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Paying Employees During Inclement Weather

Paying Employees During Inclement Weather

Your company closed because of a snow storm. Do you need to keep paying employees during inclement weather? Non-exempt employees need to be paid only for actual hours worked plus any reporting time pay that may be required by the state. In accordance with the Fair...

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Jobs vs. Careers: Why it Should Matter to Employers

Jobs vs. Careers: Why it Should Matter to Employers

It usually matters to employees whether they’ve been working a series of unrelated jobs or whether they’re advancing along a promising career path, but should the jobs vs. careers difference matter to employers? Absolutely. Employees working what they see as a job, as...

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Seasonal Workers and the ACA

Seasonal Workers and the ACA

If your organization employs seasonal workers or part-timers for the holidays, take note: The IRS has issued a Health Care Tax Tip on how these individuals affect whether your business is subject to the shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act...

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