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October 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate News and FAQs

The President’s COVID-19 Action Plan On September 9, 2021, President Biden released his COVID-19 Action Plan requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure […]
October 12, 2021

Four Misunderstood Terms in the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Despite its broad coverage, there’s a lot of confusion about what the […]
October 7, 2021

Critical Policies to Have in Your Workplace This Year

Our Senior Legal Analyst, Kara Govro, JD, SPHR, recently delivered a powerful webinar: “4 Critical Policies to Have in Your Workplace This Year.” She highlighted not […]
May 20, 2021

Are we required to pay employees who attend a “welcome back” party?

Question We’ll be reopening our office this summer and may celebrate the occasion with an outdoor “welcome back” party for employees. We’d be sure to follow […]
May 18, 2021

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2022

On May 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2021-25 announcing the annual inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) for calendar year […]
May 13, 2021

What are the penalties and costs for misclassifying employees?

Question What are the penalties and costs for misclassifying employees? Answer The answer will depend on a number of factors, such as how many employees are […]
May 11, 2021

How Conducting Exit Interviews Can Help You Increase Retention

The exit interview is a conversation with a departing employee about their time at the company and the reason for their departure. It’s completely optional, but […]
May 6, 2021

Talking About Menopause in the Workplace

Our Senior Editor, Lisa DeShantz-Cook, has a piece in Quartz explaining why employees experiencing menopause need support. It was featured by the Editors at LinkedIn News. […]
May 4, 2021

Businesses are struggling to hire—Here’s what they can do about it

If you’re finding it difficult to hire employees, you’re not alone. Bloomberg reports that many small businesses are struggling to find people who currently want to work—in fact, […]
April 29, 2021

Compliance Challenges? You’re Not Alone!

Earlier this month, our CEO, Nathan Christensen, joined Ben Eubanks and the HR Tech Talk podcast to discuss the state of HR and compliance for small […]
April 27, 2021

Do we need to pay a remote employee for travel time to the office?

Question We have a non-exempt employee who has been working from home. Do we need to pay her for time spent traveling to the office? She’s […]
April 22, 2021

The Fundamentals of Performance Management

The right performance management process for your organization depends in large part on what you want to accomplish with it and what you’re willing to invest […]
November 1, 2016

US Department of Labor secures $866K judgment against fiduciaries of the California Pacific Bank’s employee benefit plan in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Department of Labor has secured a judgment against San Francisco-based California Pacific Bank and four individual fiduciaries, requiring them to pay […]
November 3, 2016

ERISA Advisory Council to present recommendations Nov. 9-10

WASHINGTON – The Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council, will meet at U.S. Department of Labor […]
December 8, 2016

US Labor Department resolves lawsuit to restore $138K owed to employee benefit plan of Chicago ophthalmologist Nicholas C. Caro

Date of Action: Dec. 8, 2016 Type of Action: Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit Names of Defendants: Nicholas C. Caro N.C. Caro M.D., S.C. N.C. […]
December 8, 2016

US Labor Secretary Perez announces new appointments, leadership for 2017 ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced the appointments of five new members to the 2017 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and […]