Crafting Job Descriptions with Legal Hazards in Mind
Writing a clear and complete job description can make the difference between winning and losing an Americans with Disabilities Act case. Good job descriptions also force you to think about what people should be doing, help to ensure your employees are doing what you expect of them -- and make it more likely to get the right employees on board in the first place. Here are some tips from experts.
Anticipating a Termination? Avoid the Legal Hazards
Chances are you don't fire people often. If this is true, you might be a little rusty on the best way to handle the situation to make it run as smoothly as possible. Many books have been dedicated to this topic, but here are a few basic reminders to make the best of the situation.
Check Out Self Insurance as Health Coverage Deadline Looms
Self-insured health plans traditionally have been the realm of large employers. But a combination of the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a greater appetite among insurance companies to offer stop-loss coverage to smaller employers may tip the scales in favor of self-insurance for some. Here's an overview of the situation.
Rethinking Your 401k
How effective is your company's 401(k) plan, in terms of what you hope to accomplish? This is a subject of ongoing debate in public policy forums these days. It's a good idea occasionally to rethink your plan and the philosophy you bring to it. The process may result in making changes -- or not. Either way, it can help you ensure your plan design and investment menu are consistent with what you intended. Read on to learn some ways to assess your plan for effectiveness.
Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave
A key purpose of the Family Medical Leave Act was, of course, to accommodate the employee who has a genuine medical need for long-term leave, or intermittent leave. Unfortunately, like many areas of life, there are those who will take advantage of the law. If that happens to your company, your ability to operate profitably may be impaired. Keep reading to learn how to get a handle on this type of leave while ensuring that all staff members are treated equitably.
Healthcare Law Deadlines in Place, Coming Up -- and Delayed
Most employers are aware that, starting January 1, 2014, there will be a penalty for some employers if they don't offer affordable health insurance coverage to employees who work a certain number of hours a week. But under the Affordable Care Act, employers face numerous other provisions and deadlines. This article briefly explains three provisions involving healthcare flexible spending accounts, group plan waiting periods and the new Small Business Health Options Program.
Employee Telecommuting: Time for a Fresh Look?
A rising number of companies -- large and small -- are permitting employees to telecommute, full or part-time. Recently the practice came under fire when Yahoo's CEO said the opportunity to work from home was about to vanish. Some argue that working from home increases productivity and job satisfaction, while others believe it undermines team camaraderie. Here's a look at some of the issues surrounding telecommuting.