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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 […]
April 20, 2021

Can we ask for more detail when an employee marks “personal” for the reason they’re requesting a vacation day?

Question Can we ask for more detail when an employee marks “personal” for the reason they’re requesting a vacation day? Answer You can generally ask employees […]
April 16, 2021

Can we ask employees for proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Question Can we ask employees for proof of COVID-19 vaccination? Answer You can ask employees for proof that they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, but you need […]
April 12, 2021

COBRA Subsidy: What Employers Need to Know

The American Rescue Act of 2021 (ARPA) is the latest federal law addressing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most aspects of the law do […]
April 6, 2021

Can we terminate an employee who’s looking for work elsewhere?

Question We’ve recently learned that one of our employees is planning to leave the company and has been applying for positions elsewhere. Can we terminate them? […]
April 2, 2021

Why States and Municipalities Are Protecting Natural Hair

With the recent addition of Connecticut, eight states and a number of municipalities have passed laws prohibiting race-based hair discrimination, also known as natural hair discrimination. […]
March 25, 2021

When Stress Affects an Employee’s Mental Health

Question An employee says that the stress of the job is affecting their mental health. How should we handle this? Answer This employee may just need […]
March 23, 2021

Are we required to talk to the parents of a terminated employee?

The parents of a recently terminated employee have called us several times asking us why their son was fired. Are we required to discuss the matter […]
October 5, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor Extends Nominations Period for 2018 ERISA Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting nominations to fill five, three-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee […]
October 6, 2017

Court Orders $5M to Be Restored to Employee Stock Ownership Plan

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with the owner of a Manhattan laser surgery center to pay $5 million […]
October 6, 2017

Manager of health care network to reimburse plans for fees

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Labor and a third-party administrator that provides employee health benefit plans with access to a network of doctors, hospitals […]
October 7, 2017

Court orders trustee to repay profit-sharing plan of Tennessee construction equipment company

Type of Action: Consent order and judgement Names of Defendants: Ditch Witch Equipment of Tennessee Inc.Aubrey Needham Allegations: Based on an investigation conducted by the Employee Benefits Security […]