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November 18, 2021

Effective Ways to Manage Remote Employees

Managing remote employees can certainly be a challenge. Here are some of the practices we recommend:  Set measurable goals around quality of work. Whether employees get their work done […]
November 16, 2021

Managing Performance When an Employee Has a Second Job

Question One of our employees has taken on a second job, and I’m concerned the additional work might hurt their performance or interfere with their work […]
November 10, 2021

IRS Announces 2022 Limits for Health FSAs and Transit Benefits

Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including an increase in voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored healthcare […]
November 9, 2021

IRS Announces 2022 Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

On November 4, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2021-61 announcing cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits for pension plans and other retirement-related items for […]
November 8, 2021

Court Halts OSHA’s Vaccination-or-Testing ETS

On Saturday, November 6, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals placed a temporary hold on the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing […]
November 5, 2021

OSHA Has Released Its Emergency Temporary Standard

OSHA has released its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring COVID vaccination or testing for employees of employers with 100 or more employees. Employers must start following […]
November 4, 2021

Can I ask an employee if they’re pregnant?

We recommend you not ask an employee if they’re pregnant and, instead, wait for them to inform you. With few exceptions, employers may not inquire about […]
November 2, 2021

How to Design a Powerhouse Team

Many Americans get their first job working at a fast-food chain. You may have been one of them. If so, you probably remember your first day. […]
October 31, 2021

HR Challenges Are Everywhere, Even on Dune

Editor’s note: We never stop thinking about HR, even when we’re watching movies or reading novels. We just can’t help wondering about what HR and compliance […]
October 26, 2021

Disability Inclusion in Recruiting and Hiring

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the books for decades, people who have disabilities are more likely to be unemployed compared to […]
October 21, 2021

What is concerted activity?

In general, concerted activity takes place when employees act as a group (in concert) for their mutual aid or protection. This includes activities like discussing the […]
October 19, 2021

What is a disability?

Our definition of disability comes from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who: Has […]
October 19, 2016

US Labor Department sues Sentry Equipment Erector’s ESOP fiduciaries for failing to protect plan assets during multi-million dollar purchase of company

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the fiduciaries of a Virginia-based employee stock ownership plan, alleging the defendants failed to […]
October 27, 2016

US Labor Department issues compliance guidance for employee benefit plans in wake of Hurricane Matthew, related disruptions

WASHINGTON – In light of the devastation following Hurricane Matthew, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi […]
October 27, 2016

US Labor Department resolves lawsuit to restore funds owed to Dell Inc. retirement plan in Monticello, Minnesota

Date of Action: Oct. 25, 2016 Type of Action: Employee Retirement Income Security Act Lawsuit Names of Defendants: Todd Olson, Dell Inc., Dell Inc. Simple IRA […]
November 1, 2016

US Labor Department releases advance copies of 2016 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation today released advance informational copies […]