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November 2, 2021

How to Design a Powerhouse Team

Many Americans get their first job working at a fast-food chain. You may have been one of them. If so, you probably remember your first day. […]
October 31, 2021

HR Challenges Are Everywhere, Even on Dune

Editor’s note: We never stop thinking about HR, even when we’re watching movies or reading novels. We just can’t help wondering about what HR and compliance […]
October 26, 2021

Disability Inclusion in Recruiting and Hiring

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the books for decades, people who have disabilities are more likely to be unemployed compared to […]
October 21, 2021

What is concerted activity?

In general, concerted activity takes place when employees act as a group (in concert) for their mutual aid or protection. This includes activities like discussing the […]
October 19, 2021

What is a disability?

Our definition of disability comes from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the ADA, an individual with a disability is a person who: Has […]
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 […]
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 […]