Use Stay Interviews to Keep Your Best People On Board

National surveys point to a continuing tightening of the labor market. Concurrently, several high-profile private and public employers are raising their minimum wages above the federal floor. These patterns could put you at risk for a jump in employee turnover if you don't take preemptive measures not necessarily having anything to do with wage levels. One possibility is to introduce stay interviews.


Take Another Look at Paid Sick Leave

In today's work world, a majority of employers voluntarily offer paid sick leave. However, there are legislative efforts nationwide to require employers to provide this benefit. Despite a push by President Obama, Congress so far has balked at making it a federal mandate. Instead, laws have been passed at the state and local levels. Here's an update.


Filing the Wrong Payroll Tax Form Affects the Statute of Limitations

Mistakes happen, especially with the sometimes confusing task of timely and properly filing employment tax returns. For every mistake, there's generally an established path of correction, and a time frame for fixing the errors. The IRS recently issued guidance listing three scenarios an employer might encounter, and the applicable statute of limitations for each situation.


Time to Take Another Look at High-Deductible Health Plans?

High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) have been around for a decade, but they've only recently begun to pick up steam with employers. For the last three years, there's been a continued rise in companies offering these plans. Even so, among employees who receive health benefits, enrollment has held steady. Keep reading to learn more about HDHPs and how they are faring in today's health care environment.


Supreme Court Rules against Employer in Religious Discrimination Case

Can employers be found liable for religious discrimination in the hiring process, even if they didn't know for certain there was a religious issue involved? That was the essence of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case between a retailer and a young Muslim woman who was denied a job because her headscarf violated the company's employee dress code. Here's what the Court held and what it could mean to your company.


Health Coverage: New IRS Guidance on Forms 1094 and 1095

Beginning in 2016, certain employers will be required to report health coverage information for the previous year to covered employees and to the IRS. That means filing Forms 1094 and 1095, which may be complex. To address and clarify some of the issues, the IRS has provided a new and updated set of questions and answers. Continue reading to get a better understanding of what you need to know.


Think Twice Before Firing an Employee for Social Media Behavior

When is it okay to discipline or fire an employee because of something he or she posted on a social media website? Although courts and the National Labor Relations Board are continually setting new precedents, some broad principles and policies can help your business stay out of trouble most of the time. Here are some points to consider.


Train Employees to Avoid Inadvertent Cyber-Security Breaches

The saying goes, there are only two kinds of companies those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked, but don't know it. Perhaps that's an exaggeration, but the truth is that your employees may inadvertently invite cyber criminals into your company's computer systems. Here are some steps to help mitigate that risk.


 

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