Setting a Dress Code Without Creating More Problems than You Solve

Just as visitors to a foreign country can reasonably be expected to conform to local standards, so too can employees when they set foot in your workplace. When it comes to a dress code, knowing when and where to draw the line can be tricky. It requires a careful balancing of the needs of the business and employees' expectations not to be micromanaged on matters of personal taste. Here are some guidelines.


What Are the Implications of Paying Employee Medicare Premiums?

What are the implications of offering Medicare-eligible employees a choice between employer-provided health coverage and the employer's reimbursement of their Medicare Part B premiums? Could it result in a claim of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act? The EEOC answered that question in an informal letter to one company.


Where Running Your Business and the Immigration Debate Could Collide

Like it or not, many employers are on the front lines of the government effort to rein in illegal immigration. But are the weapons at their disposal adequate to the task? As the debate turns to concrete action, you might have to use E-Verify more. That's the electronic database system managed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At this time, it's still voluntary in most states. Here's where matters stand.


Paying Yourself Too Much? Too Little? Be Ready for an IRS Challenge

If you run your own company, is it possible to overpay yourself for tax purposes? If your company operates as a C corporation, the answer is yes. It is also possible to underpay yourself if you're organized as an S corporation. Ideally, you should determine what those limits are before the IRS makes the decision for you and socks you with extra taxes. Here's how you can minimize your chances of falling into that trap.


IRS Sends Signals of Future Fine Print on the ACA Cadillac Tax

As 2018 draws closer, so does the possibility the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" will be imposed on some employers. In recently issued guidance, the IRS tipped its hand on how it plans to handle a few Cadillac tax facets in 2018. Given the high tax rate to be applied when health benefits exceed the law's thresholds, it's a good time to begin tuning in to this issue.


Be Alert for these Federal Labor Law Enforcement Hot Buttons

Even if you run a tight ship with respect to federal labor laws, it's wise to stay current on what the government considers hot-button issues. Doing so can be helpful as you monitor your company's practices and policies -- looking for areas that could create problems and push some of the hot buttons. Here's the latest summary of where the government is turning its spotlight of enforcement.


Can You Require Employee Vaccines?

The hubbub surrounding the outbreak of measles among people who visited Disneyland late last year rages on. While the initial focus was on the vaccination of children, the spotlight has turned to the workplace. Do employers have the legal authority to require employees to get vaccinated for measles or other diseases like the flu? Here are some considerations that need to be weighed.


 

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