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What You Need to Know When You Have Sick Employees

February 16, 2018

This year's flu season is severe. All but a handful of states are experiencing widespread flu outbreaks, which has many employers wondering what they are permitted to do under the law when their employees get sick. 

Safety Programs and the Impact to Your Bottom Line

February 1, 2018

If you could save your company money, improve productivity and increase employee morale, would you? According to OSHA, workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent. Safe environments also improve employee morale, which positively impacts productivity and service. When it comes to the costs associated with safety, consider the following statistics from OSHA:

• Employers pay almost $1 billion per week for direct workers’ compensation costs alone, which comes straight out of company profits.
• Injuries and illnesses increase workers’ compensation and retraining costs.
• Lost productivity from injuries and illnesses costs companies roughly $63 billion each year

What the New U.S. Tax Law Means for Employee Benefits

January 15, 2018

Repeal of the individual mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act, new tax credits related to the Family and Medical Leave Act, and elimination of some “fringe benefits” including employer-provided commuting and parking benefits: These are just some of the changes from the sweeping tax overhaul legislation signed into law late last month. 

Although tax and HR benefits experts are still interpreting the full impact of the new provisions, it is imperative for employers to know which of their programs may be cut or eliminated.

New York Paid Family Leave Law

January 2, 2018

New York Paid Family Leave ("PFL") took effect on January 1, 2018. It is considered the most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy in the country. New York employers under this policy are those with one or more employees working on each of at least 30 days in any calendar year. Eligible employees will receive paid family leave to care for a qualified person.

2018 Minimum Wage Changes

December 22, 2017

A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2018. 

See the latest information on upcoming changes across the country.

2018 Minimum Wage Changes

Stop Before You Ask for Salary Information

December 4, 2017

Determining the salary to offer a new hire is not an exact science. In fact, many companies operate without a formal compensation strategy for their business.

Many hiring managers rely upon an applicant’s pay history, to some degree, during salary negotiations. But in a growing number of states and municipalities, asking a job applicant about previous pay is now against the law.  

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