Religious Accommodation Q & A—Undue Hardship, Dress, Holidays

In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered the tricky ground of religious accommodation. Today, a Q&A on hardship, dress, and holidays, plus an introduction to a unique, checklist-based audit system. What Costs Equate to Undue Hardship? Employers need not incur more than minimal costs to accommodate an employee’s religious practices. For example, infrequent or temporary overtime payments […]


Required Notices for FMLA/CFRA

As with other organizations covered by the Family Medical Leave Act, California employers are legally required to inform employees of their family leave rights. Here are the details of how you must go about doing so.


Employee Can’t Invade Privacy of Another Employee

By Ian Campbell and Justine Connelly The evolution of privacy rights in the Canadian workplace continues. In recent months we have updated you on court and labor arbitration decisions that have commented on employee privacy rights. An individual employee tried to take her rights one step further when she sued another employee for invasion of […]


A Fresh Look at Death Benefits Processes

It’s something we all know is coming, yet somehow, it is nearly always a surprise. We’re speaking here about one of the two inevitabilities of life, and we don’t mean taxes. When you’re setting up systems and processes for your benefits package, you’re usually ready to process retirements, changes at open enrollment time, and the […]


Healthcare Reform Reaches Retirees

Mention retirement to some people, and you’re likely to see a reaction that can only be described as giddy. They see retirement as a time to relax, travel, spend time with loved ones, or to pursue a long-held dream of a new business or philanthropic pursuit. And if the word retirement brings up these pleasant […]


Relocation Package Defrays Costs for New Hires, Transferring Employees

Amway (, which manufactures, markets, and distributes over 450 consumer products worldwide, offers a “robust” relocation package to new hires, transferring employees, and college interns who live a certain distance away from—and who agree to move within a 25-mile radius of—headquarters in Ada, Michigan, or the company’s other main facility in California. According to Marc […]


Health System Says ‘Simple Is Better,’ Even When Plans Are Complex

If you specialize in employee benefits, it’s a given that you find the topic to be interesting, at least to some degree. It’s equally certain that most of the employees who participate in the plans do not share your enthusiasm. Ever seen that glazed-over look in someone’s eyes when you explain the finer points of […]


Leverage Social Tendencies to Encourage Wellness

“Corporate culture” is a term tossed around a lot. It’s easy to see why a particular corporate culture may be desirable. After all, it is often cited as the reason for low turnover and high participation in certain types of benefits and programs. You know what corporate culture means, even if you may be unable […]


Family-Friendly Workplace Provides A ‘Kid’s Room’ and ‘Rocket Day’

Employees of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) have always been encouraged to bring their children to work. In the past, that meant children stayed at their parents’ desks or in a workout room equipped with a television. But when the Exton, Pennsylvania-based company built a new facility about 5 years ago, it set aside a special […]

Print Wins 2010 CODiE Award

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) has selected® an on-demand compliance portal produced by BLR® as Best Online Government Information Service in the Association’s 25th Annual CODiE Awards. The SIIA CODiE Awards recognize outstanding achievement and vision in the software, digital information, and education technology industries. The content category of Best Online Government […]