Monitoring Employees: What’s Allowed? What Makes Sense?

As an employer, you have a broad mandate to keep tabs on your employees' activities. Indeed, the breadth of your latitude might surprise you. But it doesn't always make sense to push that freedom to the limits permitted by law. You already know that, while monitoring is important, so is morale, so you are wise to strike a balance between being watchful ... and being perceived as Big Brother. Here's more.


Is Your Workplace Psychologically Healthy? Should You Care?

There's much more to having a healthy workforce than the absence of employees who commit hostile acts or poison the well. The American Psychological Association is on a mission to arm employers with insights about what it takes to achieve a psychologically healthy workplace -- and the benefits of achieving it. Here's what the group has to say.


IRS Issues Guidance about Employee Leave Donated to Ebola Victims

The IRS has issued guidance on qualified relief payments and employee leave-based donations provided to Ebola victims in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This article provides the details. Before donating to an Ebola charity, however, the BBB warns about recent scams and the importance of donating to a legitimate exempt organization.


Be Prepared for a New 401(k) Safe Income Investment Option

Americans are living longer, potentially straining retirees' ability to stay afloat for the duration of their lives. For the second time since July, the U.S. Department of Labor and the IRS gave their blessing to one way that your employees can add more security to retirement plans by using annuities. Here's the latest.


Home Care Workers: Delayed Enforcement of Wage, Overtime Rules

Home care workers and their employers will be subject to new rules involving minimum wage and overtime beginning on January 1, 2015. However, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently announced that it will delay enforcement of the rules for six months. This article explains the delay affecting certified nursing assistants, home health aides, caregivers, companions and others.


Reference Pricing May Be a Money Saver for Your Health Plan

The "defined contribution" model for health plans has gotten a lot of attention over the past couple of years. The idea is simple: Just contribute a fixed sum to employees' health care and let them pick up the tab for the rest. If you self-insure your health plan and consider the defined contribution approach too extreme, there's a middle ground. It's called reference pricing. Here's how it works.


Get Ready for Upcoming Affordable Care Act Compliance Deadlines

Now that we are in the last quarter of 2014, one deadline related to the Affordable Care Act is upon us. Other requirements may follow in 2015 and 2016, depending on the number of employees at your organization and the nature of your plan. Keep reading to learn some of the highlights of impending compliance obligations most health plan sponsors are facing, including fees and penalties.


Helping Temporarily Disabled Employees Return to Work

Employees who are temporarily unable to work can often remain semi-productive during their recuperation periods. "Light duty" programs involving reduced hours and modified duties can accelerate an employee's rehabilitation, and make it less likely that a temporary incapacity will turn into a long-term or permanent situation. However, federal labor law dictates how you can go about structuring such a program. Here's an overview.


 

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