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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 […]
February 1, 2022

7 Ways HR Can Avoid Burnout

If you work in HR, you know that employee burnout remains pervasive. You also know that the task of supporting overly stressed employees often falls on […]
January 27, 2022

Should We Have a COVID Section in Our Employee Handbook?

While COVID will continue to affect our workplaces for some time, we generally recommend not adding COVID policies directly to your handbook. Guidance from the Centers […]
December 19, 2016

New ERISA safe harbor for municipally sponsored IRAs

WASHINGTON – Increasing access to retirement savings opportunities is the surest way to help more of America’s workers secure their financial futures. Today, the U.S. Department […]
December 23, 2016

Suit seeks funds owed to retirement plan of Maryland company

Date of Action: Dec. 21, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant(s): Larry Porter, Susan Porter, SeaBoard Management LLC, SeaBoard Management Inc., and SeaBoard Management […]
December 28, 2016

US Labor Department provides updated guidance on proxy voting by employee benefits plans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced today updated guidance for plan fiduciaries with respect to proxy voting. Specifically, the agency […]
January 5, 2017

US Labor Department sues First Bankers Trust Services, Inc., Sonnax Industries, Inc. and its owners, to recover losses to Vermont ESOP

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the fiduciaries of a Vermont employee stock ownership plan for violations of the Employee Retirement Income […]