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February 16, 2018

DOL Adopts New Unpaid Intern Test

On Jan. 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) adopted a new test for unpaid interns. Employers should use this test—called the primary beneficiary test—when determining if a worker can be properly classified as an unpaid intern or if they need to be classified as an employee and paid minimum wage and overtime. The test adopted by the DOL has already been in use in four federal appellate courts, most recently the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOL’s switch to the primary beneficiary test creates a nationwide standard.
February 9, 2018

The Technology with Limitless HR Possibilities

Blockchain technology is an encrypted digital ledger of public records organized into groups of data (blocks) and distributed over networks. This type of technology is best known for being the backbone technology for the digital currency bitcoin and is a way to store personal information in a secure manner and make it available to anyone with permission from those individuals.
February 6, 2018

FLSA: Compensable Travel Time

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates what constitutes compensable time or hours worked. Under the FLSA, compensable time includes all work an employer “suffers or permits” its employees to work. This may occasionally include an employee’s travel time. This article provides general information relating to compensable travel time under the FLSA.
February 5, 2018

Three Tips for Effective Coaching

The performance of your company is directly tied to the performance of your employees, so one of the best ways to develop your company is to develop the people who work for you. While you can motivate your employees by rewarding success and disciplining failure, these incentives and disincentives will only get you so far. If your employees only perform well to get a reward or avoid discipline, they’re not truly invested in your company’s success. A great way to get employees invested is to invest in them. And one way you can do that is through coaching. Coaching is a management style that develops employees by assessing, improving, and tracking their knowledge, skills, and abilities. Whereas training is task-oriented—teaching employees how to do something or in what circumstances to do something—coaching is people-focused. Each employee you coach is different. Each has unique strengths to grow and weaknesses to overcome. Coaching meets each person where they are and guides them along the path to improvement.
February 2, 2018

Medicare Part D Disclosures due by March 1, 2018 for Calendar Year Plans

Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other select times, indicating whether the plan's prescription drug coverage is creditable or noncreditable. This disclosure requirement applies when an employer-sponsored group health plan provides prescription drug coverage to individuals who are eligible for coverage under Medicare Part D.
February 1, 2018

Two Major Employee Benefits Changes

On Dec. 22, 2017, the IRS issued a notice that delays the furnishing deadline for 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting and President Donald Trump signed the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, into law, eliminating the individual mandate penalty beginning in 2019. This article briefly summarizes the implications of both of these actions.
January 26, 2018

EEOC Opens EEO-1 Filing System for 2017 Reports

The EEO-1 Online Filing System is now open for employers to submit 2017 EEO-1 Reports, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on Jan. 24, 2018. Employers with 100 or more employees and certain federal contractors must use the online system to report 2017 employment data. EEO-1 Reports are due by March 31, 2018. The EEO-1 Report is an annual survey required by the federal government under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII).
January 24, 2018

Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes

On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term continuing spending resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
January 22, 2018

DOL Announces New Standard for Unpaid Interns

On Jan. 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would adopt a new standard for determining whether interns and students are “employees” who must be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL clarified that, going forward, it would abandon its sixpart test and instead adopt the “primary beneficiary” test used by federal courts.