"hr compliance and liability" Archives

  1. DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

    On Jan. 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and The Occupational […]

  2. Coronaviruses and the Workplace – HR Insights

    Coronaviruses are fairly common and don’t typically affect humans. When they do, their effects are usually mild, as in the case of the common cold. However, deadlier variations of these coronaviruses have cropped up in recent years. Two examples of these evolved strains are the SARS virus of 2003 and the novel coronavirus, which was […]

  3. ACA Compliance Bulletin-PCORI Fees Reinstated Through 2029

    A federal spending bill enacted at the end of 2019 included several provisions affecting benefit plans. The bill repealed three major taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the Cadillac tax, the medical devices excise tax and the health insurance providers fee. The law also extended the PCORI fees for an additional 10 years. […]

  4. Federal Appeals Court Issues Affordable Care Act Ruling

    OVERVIEW On Dec. 18, 2019, a federal appeals court ruled in Texas v. Azar that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional due to the elimination of the individual mandate penalty in 2019. The appeals court remanded the case to the lower court to determine whether the rest of the ACA can remain […]

  5. California Mandates Employee Training to Combat Human Trafficking

    OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule

    OVERVIEW California has enacted two laws that require certain employers in the hospitality and transit industries to provide employee training on how to recognize and report human trafficking. The new laws, known as SB 970 and AB 2034, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, but give subject employers until Jan. 1, 2020 or 2021 […]

  6. Some Employer Plans to be Affected by Proposed Rule on Health Care Transparency

    OVERVIEW On Nov. 15, 2019, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued a proposed rule regarding transparency in coverage that would impose new transparency requirements on group health plans and health insurers in the individual and group markets. Specifically, the proposed rule would require plans and issuers […]

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  7. Live Well, Work Well

    Health and wellness tips for your work, home and life—brought to you by the insurance professionals at Insurance Solutions PREVENTING BURNOUT The World Health Organization (WHO) now considers burnout to be a syndrome. In previous editions of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), burnout wasn’t considered a serious condition, and its only listed symptom […]

  8. Proposed Overtime Rule

    Earlier this year the Department of Labor issued a proposed overtime rule. It would establish new salary thresholds for the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime payment requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposed overtime rule, the salary threshold would increase from $23,660 to $35,308 per year. The proposed rule would […]

  9. 5 Ways HR Can Support Employees’ Mental Health

    1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness annually An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. While mental health includes mental illness, the two aren’t interchangeable. An employee can go through a period of poor mental health but not necessarily have a clear, diagnosable […]

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  10. The Employee Handbook: Best Defense against Employee Lawsuits

    Writing, reviewing and updating your company’s employee handbook may seem like an arduous and thankless task, but don’t give up. It’s your best defense against employee lawsuits. One key function of any employee handbook is to orient new arrivals to your company, providing answers to frequently asked questions. But it also must serve as a […]

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