The Legal Boundaries on Religious Discrimination
Claims of religious discrimination against U.S. employers is a hot topic these days, and growing hotter in some workplaces. Between the terrorist attacks on our country, and the inflow of immigrants, the complaints of discrimination have increased in recent years. Plus, there are religious discrimination claims generated by American born citizens. As an employer, this is an area you should be aware of in order to help avoid a legal battle. Keep reading for details.
E-Verify Enhances Security in Your Workplace
Ensuring the eligibility of new hires to work in the U.S. is a serious responsibility for employers, and failure to do so can lead to serious consequences. Employees must supply documentation and a completed Form I-9 to prove this eligibility. But suppose the employee is less than honest. How can you know? The E-Verify system was implemented as a way to determine if the documentation your business relies on is valid.
Need a Better Way to Confront Problem Employees?
Nearly every employee will commit a blunder at some point, some serious, others less so. And more than a few will blunder on a regular basis. Knowing when and how to confront disappointing behavior or performance promptly and head-on outside the realm of your regular review process can save you and the employee a lot of grief, and enable most workers to get back on track.
New Guidelines for Mental Health Benefits
Five years ago, Congress passed a law to put mental health care on an even footing with standard health care. In the years since, the federal government has issued regulations to flesh out the bones of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Recently, federal agencies sifted through thousands of public comments and issued new final regulations. Find out what the law requires and how it coordinates with the Affordable Care Act.
IRS Adds an Attractive Option to Flexible Spending Accounts
The IRS recently added new meaning to the term "flexible" when it comes to flexible spending accounts. This once rigidly controlled plan loosened up in 2005. Now, the IRS has added a new option, allowing the carryover of some unused funds. At first glance this may seem like a no-brainer choice, but it does come with a catch you need to be aware of. Keep reading for details.
Employee Disability: A Personal and Financial Risk that Can be Mitigated
With all eyes focused on the Affordable Care Act and the future of the healthcare delivery system, it's easy to overlook some key points. For example, is your company prepared for the risk of disability -- both yours and that of your employees? The statistics surrounding short and long term disability may surprise you. Here's a quick review of why disability risk management is essential, and where you can start.
Just Say No: Concrete Steps to Cut Healthcare Spending
It's widely believed among experts that as much as one-third of spending on medical services is wasted and worthless. What if you could cut just half of this -- about 17 percent -- out of your healthcare spending on employees? These dollars could strengthen your bottom line or be invested in your business. Nearly 40 medical specialty organizations want to give you -- and your employees -- the inside scoop on how to make it happen.
Also...remind your workforce this is the weekend to turn clocks back one hour!