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February 10, 2021

What Small Businesses Can Teach Us in 2021

By Douglas Kelly, JD, Content Marketing Manager Based on responses from over 2,200 professionals to our October survey, there’s a bigger story at play than just […]
February 9, 2021

How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship?

Question How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship? Answer The basic definition of an undue hardship is an action that […]
February 5, 2021

Key Practices to Keep the Workplace Safe

In 1970, when Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Fifty […]
February 2, 2021

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write […]
January 28, 2021

Does making employment temporary mean it can’t be at-will?

Question We’re hiring a temporary employee. Does specifying the expected end date of employment make the employment relationship contractual instead of at-will? Answer No. You can […]
January 19, 2021

What the Switch to Remote Work Teaches Us About HR

In the past year, many employers who would never have considered a remote work arrangement discovered that it was not only possible, but in some (or […]
January 14, 2021

Can we pay a temporary employee as an independent contractor?

Question We’ve hired someone to help out with some end-of-year tasks, and they’ll be leaving shortly after the new year. Can we pay them as an […]
January 12, 2021

Be Alert: Employers Are Seeing a Spike in Phishing Scams

Phishing emails are a type of scam designed to obtain information or prompt certain behavior from their targets. To that end, they typically appear to come […]
January 8, 2021

How should we handle returning personal belongings to a terminated employee? Can we pack them up for the employee?

Question How should we handle returning personal belongings to a terminated employee? Can we pack them up for the employee? Answer You may pack personal belonging […]
January 5, 2021

A Note on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

With COVID-19 vaccinations underway and widespread availability in sight, many employers want to know whether they can require their employees to get the vaccine. While recent […]
December 29, 2020

Should we send an employee home because they were coughing?

Question An employee of ours had a brief coughing fit today, but she says she just had something caught in her throat. As far as we’ve […]
December 28, 2020

Happy New Year!

What Do All Those Silly Employee Benefits Acronyms Stand For Anyway? Undoubtedly we will be adding more acronyms in the coming year, so here is a […]
October 9, 2017

US Labor Department, PBGC partnership recovers almost $1.5M for participants in two Chicago-based pension benefit plans

CHICAGO – A partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has recovered almost $1.5 million for […]
October 10, 2017

New fiduciary rule guidance from US Labor Department

WASHINGTON – Fiduciary rule guidance for financial advisors, retirement plan sponsors, and individual workers and retirees has been published on the U.S. Labor Department’s website. This […]
October 10, 2017

US Department of Labor recovers more than $41K for the St. Paul-based Weinhagen Tire Co. Inc. 401(k) Plan

Date of Action: April 11, 2017 Type of Action: Consent order and judgment Names of Defendant: Michael E. WeinhagenWeinhagen Tire Co. Inc.Weinhagen Tire Co. Inc. 401(k) […]
October 10, 2017

Ohio Employment Law Update-September 2017

October 10th, 2017 Minimum Wage Increase The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that the state’s minimum wage will increase from $8.15 to $8.30 per hour […]