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Ten tips for an affordable, quality holiday office celebration

October 7th, 2011

Ending a year of layoffs, cutbacks, and no annual raises or bonuses, this season many office managers and business owners are looking for new ways to fittingly acknowledge and thank employees for their service throughout the year. Recognizing that it is difficult to justify party expenses during these tough economic times, the office party planner [Read more...]

HHS issues guidance on appeals process for Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

October 6th, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidance regarding how plan sponsors participating in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) would submit a request for appeal of an adverse reimbursement determination, and how the appeals process works.
Definition of adverse reimbursement determination. An adverse reimbursement determination is a determination constituting a complete or [Read more...]

NLRB postpones implementation date for new notice-posting rule

October 6th, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board postponed the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule by more than two months in order to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, particularly those who operate small and medium sized businesses.
The new effective date of the rule is Jan. 31, 2012.
The decision to extend the rollout period [Read more...]

Number of “regarded as” disabled claims will rise because of ADAAA, NELI expert predicts

October 5th, 2011

As a result of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), there will be many claims asserting “regarded as” disability discrimination, according to David K. Fram, Director, ADA and EEOC Services for the National Employment Law Institute (NELI). The ADAAA changed “regarded as” claims “in a really big way,” Fram told attendees at NELI’s 16th Annual Americans [Read more...]

IRS unveils program to assist employers in resolving prior worker misclassification issues

October 5th, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new, voluntary program for employers that have erroneously classified workers as independent contractors in the past but agree to reclassify them as employees. Under the program, eligible employers can obtain substantial relief from federal payroll taxes they may have owed for those past workers if they prospectively treat [Read more...]