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Healthcare Reform 2012 and Beyond

March 31, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

Hopefully you have started your "to do list" to comply with the new healthcare bills-with setting up appointment with your accountant and insurance  broker/agent at the top of the list. Once the immediate issues are taken care of you can start being proactive in  compliance w...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: condition exclusions, fsa contributions, health care coverage, health insurance premiums, healthcare reform, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Employer "To Do List" for Healthcare Reform Compliance

March 30, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

Healthcare Reform is officially the law so you might as well get started on your "to do" list to comply. Every employer is going to be impacted in one way or another. Start your list with changes for 2011: Take some time to review the   Patient Protection and Affordable...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: COBRA, health care subsidies, healthcare, healthcare plan, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Should Every Employee Use A Timecard?

March 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 2 comments

If you don't have all of your employees using timecards you might want to reconsider. Many employers only use timecards for non-exempt employees- but it is a good idea to have all employees keep accurate records of their time. Having everyone keep track of hours worked p...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, HR best practice, HR compliance, litigation, payroll, Wage and Hour Read More

What Does New Healthcare Bill Mean for Employers? Less Then You Might Think It Does

March 24, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 1 comments

Beyond personal or political preferences, what does health care reform mean for employers?  Not much for those with less than 50 employees and maybe even lower costs overall for employers with more than 50 employees. Employer Responsibilities - The legislation would re...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, family coverage, group coverage, healthcare, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Tax Breaks for Hiring the Unemployed

March 22, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

Unless your business is a non-profit by design or simply losing money because of the economy you should be using tax credits to reduce your tax bill-unless you like paying higher than required taxes. On March 18, 2009, President Obama signed the Hiring Incentives to Restore E...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, HR best practice, Tax Credit Read More

It's not just about the lawsuits, the real cost of a discriminatory workplace

March 16, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

I recently read an article by one of my favorite ethic experts, Steven Paskoff, Esq.  that hit home because of the recent high profile/high dollar settlements involving dealerships and associated business and discrimination lawsuits. The premise was that while the fear of la...

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Does Diversity Training Work to Improve the Workplace and Reduce Lawsuits?

March 15, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

I've been in HR management for over 25 years and I’ve either taken or taught diversity training classes every one of those years- and chances are you have gone through some type of diversity training too. It's been popular in corporate America and touted by HR department for...

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Yet another discrimination settlement with a dealership, but this time for disability discrimination

March 08, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 1 comments

The number of lawsuits, claims and settlements’ involving dealerships and the EEOC continues to grow in 2010. Beyond gender and age discrimination employees must also ensure that they do not discriminate against individuals with real or perceived disabilities. Just this mont...

Posted in: Citations, DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: compliance tip of the month, Department of Labor, EEOC, employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Did you get a letter from OSHA?

March 04, 2010 by | 0 comments

Last month, OSHA has identified and sent letters to approximately 15,000 workplaces with the highest occupational injury and illness rates and is urging the employers to take action to remove hazards causing the high rates. The employers are those whose establishments are ...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: DOT compliance, OSHA Read More

Does Background Screening Really Reduce Risk?

March 02, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson | 0 comments

If you haven't already reviewed your screening and hiring policies on applicants with criminal records put it on your "to do list" for 2010. Highly published and expensive lawsuits related to negligent hiring make it seem that background screening is necessary step in your h...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, EEOC, employment discrimination, Enforcement, HR best practice, HR compliance, litigation Read More

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