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Got FMLA Forms? Visit DOL.gov for Updated Expiration Date on Model Notices

Those with eagle eyes and current FMLA administration needs may have noticed the May 31, 2018, expiration of several model DOL forms. Never fear, fresh forms—now sporting a June 30, 2018, expiration—are now available from the DOL. Aside from the one-month expiration extension, no other changes have been made to the forms.

Looking for An HR Compliance Tool? HR Leaders Reveal Top 3 Requirements

Keeping workplace policies and practices current and legal has become increasingly complex, as critical issues like sexual harassment prevention, healthcare coverage, and pay equity work their way through courts, legislatures, and agencies. Your compliance obligations are changing daily. How to track the myriad changes and keep up with your compliance obligations? BLR asked thousands of […]

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Are Workplace Wellness Programs a Waste of Time and Money?

“Workplace wellness programs cover over 50 million workers and are intended to reduce medical spending, increase productivity, and improve well-being. Yet, limited evidence exists to support these claims,” conclude three university researchers in a newly published study.

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REAL ID Act—Will January 2018 Compliance Deadline Affect Your Operations?

As 2018 approaches, the federal REAL ID Act has returned to the spotlight. You may even have seen a (hyperbolic and inaccurate) social media alert warning U.S. travelers that they’re all going to be required to get passports for themselves, their kids, and the family dog before they can fly to Disney World next year. (Not true.)

How To Protect a Children’s Hospital From Workplace Violence

When you think of healthcare facilities, you think of healing and safety. However, keeping hospitals safe for patients, staff, and visitors from workplace violence can be a difficult task. It’s a daily challenge for Jim Sawyer, CHS-IV, CPP, CHPA, Director of Security Services for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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IRS: Missed 401(K) Loan Repayments Can Be Made Up Without Being Taxed

An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Advice memo issued to assist counsel in one of the agency’s regional offices provides two ways missed 401(k) loan payments can be handled without taxing the participant in plans permitting a cure period for such skipped payments. The guidance—while neither a precedent or legally binding—may be beneficial for […]

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Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

With a shortage of Catholic priests—and younger priests not looking at the task too favorably—there aren’t too many people left who will perform an exorcism. Whether you believe in demon possession or not, one thing is certain: The task is definitely not something for HR professionals! A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court […]

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This Job Stinks, but Our Employees Love It!

Kudos to all the garbagemen and -women, sewer workers, plumbers, and every other job that we, as a society, take for granted—while some people refuse to do these jobs, someone’s got to do it! But the bigger question to ask is, Are these workers even happy doing the jobs no one else will do?