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March 30, 2022

Maximizing Your Team Building Activities

Stronger teams produce stronger results. High levels of team cooperation and amity can lead to higher levels of productivity and ROI. Pick the activity that works […]
March 17, 2022

New Rules on Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims 

Under a new law, employers can no longer force employees into arbitration on claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment.  This new law invalidates previously signed […]
March 16, 2022

Selecting the Ideal Risk Solutions for Your Agency

As a broker, you’re constantly asked to do more for your insureds. You help your clients overcome challenges, and often you get to foot the bill for […]
March 15, 2022

Q&A Roundup: Age Discrimination, Terminations, and More

We answer questions about age discrimination, terminating remote employees, and when someone’s ability changes after an off-the-job injury. What is age discrimination? Age discrimination (sometimes called […]
March 3, 2022

Tracking Exempt Employee Time — Is This Allowed?

There are many reasons you might want or need to track exempt employee time. For example, you may opt to track an exempt employee’s hours for […]
March 1, 2022

5 Ways to Create an Engaged, Committed Workforce

You’ve probably been hearing about the Great Resignation (or however you want to describe it) for months now. Even if you’re not dealing directly with increased […]
February 22, 2022

6 Ways to Reduce Burnout When You’re Understaffed

Question We’ve been both super busy and understaffed recently. Is there anything we can do during this time to help our employees avoid extra stress or […]
February 15, 2022

CMS Disclosure Requirements Due Soon

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? And does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If you answered yes to both of those […]
February 14, 2022

Share the Love: 5 Ways to Show Employees You Actually Care About Them

It’s Valentine’s Day. School children are passing out cards to their classmates, romantic partners are giving and receiving presents, women are continuing to give “Galentine’s Day” […]
February 10, 2022

Supporting Menopausal Employees

Menopause (the time that marks the end of the menstrual cycle) and perimenopause (the time just before) can come with a host of symptoms. Anxiety, brain […]
February 8, 2022

The Basic Steps of a Harassment Investigation

When an employer receives a harassment claim, they have a legal obligation to examine the claim by conducting a thorough investigation. This includes the following steps: […]
February 4, 2022

Do We Need to Classify Managers as Exempt Under the FLSA?

No. It’s fine to classify managers as nonexempt. As a reminder, exempt and nonexempt are classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That’s the federal […]
December 12, 2016

US Labor Department sues defunct Meyersdale company to restore unremitted participant contributions to employee 401(k) retirement plan

Date of Action: Dec. 2, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Defendant(s): Matthew Kenneth Smith Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Retirement Trust Allegations: Based on […]
December 13, 2016

US Labor Department sues Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, company for abandoning 401(k) plan after ceasing operations

Date of Action: Dec. 9, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant: Authorized Factory Service Inc. Allegations: Based on an investigation conducted by the U.S. […]
December 16, 2016

US Labor Department adds important protections to ensure fairness, transparency and accuracy of disability benefits claims process

WASHINGTON – It can be challenging for workers seeking disability benefits from an employer-sponsored plan to understand the process and why their claim is approved or […]
December 19, 2016

US Labor Department files lawsuit to appoint independent fiduciary to administer 401(k) plan after Los Angeles-area hotel ceased operations

Date of action: Dec. 15, 2016 Type of action: Complaint Name of defendants: Urban Hotels Inc., doing business as LAX Plaza Hotel Urban Hotels 401(k) Plan […]