HR Brief – August 2017

The Importance of Becoming a Better Listener Ensuring your employees are satisfied and feel appreciated is important in order to reduce turnover. Organizations need to focus on keeping employees happy and motivated in order to stay competitive in their recruiting and retention efforts. Read Full Brief

Benefits Buzz – August 2017

HIPAA Cyber Attack Response Checklist Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a covered entity that experiences a ransomware attack or other cyber-related security incident must take immediate steps to prevent or mitigate any impermissible release of protected health information (PHI). Read More

HR Brief – July 2017

What You Need To Know: House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules The House of Representatives recently passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time off instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more

Benefits Buzz – July 2017

What Happens if the ACA Employer Mandate is Repealed? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment

HR Brief – June 2017

Only One-third of Employees are Engaged at Work Employee engagement—or the commitment and energy that employees bring to work—impacts productivity and performance. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 33 percent of employees are engaged at work. Engaged employees are more than just satisfied with their jobs, they are committed

Benefits Buzz – June 2017

AHCA Passes House The American Health Care Act (AHCA) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4, 2017. The AHCA will move to the Senate for a vote and possible amendments. The AHCA needed 216 votes to pass in the House. It passed on a party-line vote,

HR Brief – May 2017

EEOC to Maintain its Bipartisan Enforcement Plan The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plans to maintain its bipartisan strategic enforcement plan, despite recent White House changes. According to EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who recently spoke at the Society for Human Resource Management’s legal conference, the EEOC plans to focus specifically

Benefits Buzz – May 2017

ACA Replacement Bill Withdrawn, Now What? In late March 2017, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – their proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because the House was unable to pass the AHCA, the ACA remains

HR Brief – April 2017

Retirement Uncertainty and Where to Turn Retirement is something you’re told to prepare for as soon as you enter the workforce. However, this is not possible for many Americans and the majority feel like they have not saved enough. Nearly 75 percent of Americans are worried about economic insecurity affecting

Benefits Buzz – April 2017

Did You Know? In late February 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended an existing transition policy for certain health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for an additional year, to policy years beginning on or before Oct. 1, 2018. During this