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Time’s Up: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make […]

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2018 Compliance Trends That HR Professionals Should Know

HR had a tumultuous year when it came to compliance and regulations. Under a new administration, regulations were rolled back—but not necessarily the ones we expected. Deadlines were changed, employers were confused, and health care gave everyone a headache.

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Talent Engagement is Critical to Combating Skills Shortage in 2018, Says New Report

The Execu|Search Group—a recruitment, temporary staffing, and workforce solutions company—released its 2018 Hiring Outlook: The Impact Of The Growing Skills Shortage On The Employer-Employee Relationship, which provides insights into the factors that professionals consider when making career decisions.

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retirement

IRS Mandates Use of New Mortality Tables for 2018 … Unless You Don’t Want to!

On October 3, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2017-60, finally acknowledging that new mortality assumptions would be required for 2018 in the determination of minimum contributions and, by association, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums. (See New IRS Mortality Tables for 2018 Bring Host of Concerns for DB Plan Sponsors.)

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Where Can the Happiest Workers in the United States Be Found?

Recent research conducted by Sokanu aimed to answer a simple question: who are the happiest workers in the United States? We’ll give you a hint—the top two are not part of the contiguous states. That’s right, Hawaii and Alaska took the number one and number two spots respectively. Want to find out how everyone else […]

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Public Employees Who Volunteer: Do You Know the Rules Under the FLSA?

Not everyone who performs services for an employer is an employee. For example, many employers use the services of independent contractors, students, trainees, and volunteers. Therefore, an important question to consider is whether those types of workers are actually considered “employees.” If they are, they will be covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) […]

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401K

Tax Reform Extends Participant Plan Loan Offset Payment Period

Defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors should be aware of a change under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that extends the period during which a participant may pay the amount of an “offset” of an outstanding 401(k) plan loan to another qualifying plan or individual retirement account (IRA) to accomplish a tax-free rollover of […]

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HIPAA

HIPAA Violations Cost Company $2.3 Million

21st Century Oncology, Inc. (21CO) has agreed to pay $2.3 million in lieu of potential civil money penalties to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and adopt a comprehensive corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and […]

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Court Provides New Guidance on What to Expect When You’re Expecting (or Breastfeeding)

Many parents—including this one—will admit that one of the first things they did after learning they were expecting was purchase the latest “fad” book or read the newest blog on pregnancy and parenting. Just as parenting guidance continues to evolve, so too does guidance from the court on issues relating to pregnancy and breastfeeding in […]

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Focus on Your Employees’ Needs Before Your Own

by Dan Oswald On Sunday, I heard someone speak about servant leadership. I was struck by how appropriate it was that he chose that topic the day before we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King, a man who dedicated his life to civil rights, once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent […]

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