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June 18, 2018

Vermont Employment Law Update – June 2018

June 18th, 2018 Promoting Remote Workers and Remote Work Arrangements On May 30, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (S.B. 94) establishing a new remote […]
June 15, 2018

IRS Early Release of Draft W-4 Form and Instructions for 2019

June 15th, 2018 No Action Needed by Employers In the beginning of June 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a draft 2019 Form W-4 along […]
June 15, 2018

Tips for Preparing Form 5500

At this time of year, many employers and benefit advisors begin preparing Form 5500, the annual report required for most employee benefit plans. Form 5500 must […]
June 13, 2018

Ask the Experts: FMLA Child Bonding Leave

June 13th, 2018 Question: When an employee requests child bonding leave for an adoption, what documentation can the employer require for verification? Answer: Under the federal […]
June 11, 2018

Ask the Experts: Translating Handbooks into Spanish

June 11th, 2018 Question: If we have a substantial number of Latino employees, are we required to provide our employee handbook in Spanish? Answer: While providing […]
June 8, 2018

9 HR Policies are Legal Again, Says NLRB General Counsel

Robin Shea, partner with leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP explains how this week’s […]
June 7, 2018

6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts

School’s out! Summer is here, and it’s the time of year when working parents have questions about using their Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). Are summer […]
June 5, 2018

Ask the Experts: Same-sex Marriage License Refusal

June 5th, 2018 Question: We have an employee who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to her religious beliefs. She has asked […]
June 4, 2018

Cake Maker Prevails but Not as Expected: SCOTUS Decision Hinges on Freedom of Religion

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in favor of the […]
June 4, 2018

10 Tales from the Front

Michelle Florkowski, HR consultant at ThinkHR, handles human resources on-site for a regional chain of mattress stores, where she shakes her head in disbelief on a […]
June 1, 2018

ACA Play or Pay: Affordability Percentage for 2019

June 1st, 2018 On May 21, 2018, the IRS announced that the affordability percentage under the Affordable Care Act’s play or pay rules will increase to […]
May 31, 2018

Connecticut Employment Law Update – May 2018

May 31st, 2018 Mandated Insurance Coverage On May 25, 2018, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation (H.B. 5210) mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits and […]
April 23, 2018

Salary History Bans Are Catching On

April 23rd, 2018 The issue of pay has traditionally been an inevitable topic of discussion in any job interview. However, in a growing number of places […]
April 23, 2018

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Moved to June 1

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it has extended the deadline to submit 2017 EEO-1 report data. The deadline, which was March 31, 2018, will now be […]
April 26, 2018

It’s Intern Season

Summer internships offer students opportunities to gain real-world experience and hands-on career development. Conversely, internship programs give employers access to highly motivated and educated young workers […]
April 27, 2018

IRS Changes Course (Again) and Restores 2018 HSA Family Limit to $6,900

Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the 2018 annual contribution limit to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for persons with family coverage under a qualifying […]