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California Paid Sick Leave

September 12, 2014

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (A.B. 1522). The law requires California employers to provide employees at least three paid sick days (24 hours) per year. With the signing, California joins Connecticut as one of only two states that require employers to ...
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Is Training Your Employees Worth the Investment? Part 3 of 3

August 18, 2014

The Face of Training Today:  Why eLearning has become the method of choice NOTE:  This is part 3 of a 3-part series regarding best practices in training topics and options for corporate success.  Part I focuses on making the business case for training. Part 2 covers the types of training and selecting the aright training for the right ...
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When Disaster Strikes: Human Resources’ Role in Helping Employees Manage

August 13, 2014

The unthinkable happens. A bomb explodes in a crowded business district. A tornado rips through town. Massive flooding impacts your area. Your business is near ground zero. Some of your employees are injured in the disaster, a few fatally, including your Human Resources leader. Employees are coming to you with HR questions and issues and you ...
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Is Training Your Employees Worth the Investment? Part 2 of 3

August 12, 2014

Types of training: Picking the right training for the right audience If you are interested in learning more about employee training programs and initiatives, attend our HRCI pre-approved webinar on August 19th at 11:00 AM Pacific. Click here to register. NOTE:  This is part 2 of a 3-part series regarding best practices in training topics and ...
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Is Training Your Employees Worth the Investment?

August 05, 2014

If you are interested in learning more about employee training programs and initiatives, attend our HRCI webinar on August 19th at 11:00 AM Pacific. Click here to register. Two managers are talking about training their employees. The first one asks, "Yeah, training costs money and what if we train them, and they leave?" The second responds, "What ...

From the Hotline: Residency Questions During Hiring Process

September 18, 2014

Question: Is it legal to ask candidates if they have lived outside the U.S. since the age of 18? Answer: If the question relates to a bona fide work requirement, then it is permissible to ask the question. If there is no direct relation between prior residences or travels and the requirements for the job, then it would not be appropriate to ask ...

From the Hotlilne: When to Ask About Criminal Convictions

September 18, 2014

Question: If we remove the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” from our employment application, is there a concern if that question is on the background check authorization form provided by the third party administrator? Answer: No. Most, if not all, authorization forms for background check purposes will list this question. ...

Ask the Experts: Medicare Part D Notifications

September 17, 2014

Question: Are employers required to provide Medicare Part D notices to Medicare-eligible employees and dependents who are NOT enrolled in the employer health plan and already enrolled in Medicare? Answer: No.  The notification requirement applies only to Medicare-eligible individuals currently enrolled in a company group health plan. While ...

From the Hotline: Mid-Year Qualifying Events and Tag-Along Rule

September 17, 2014

Question: If an employee is adding a new baby to his healthcare plan, can this employee also add his spouse at the same time? Answer: Please review your plan documents to determine whether your Section 125 cafeteria plan allows for mid-year election changes. If so, an employee would generally be allowed to add his or her spouse to the plan if ...

From the Hotline: Pay-Out and Fringe Benefits

September 17, 2014

Question: Must a Michigan company that awards additional bonus days for perfect attendance pay that unused award balance to terminating employees at termination? Answer: Based on the Michigan wage and hour laws as they apply to paying out fringe benefits, if your policy has a pay-out provision for unused time, you would most likely need to ...

From the Hotline: Early Release of Resigned Employee

September 16, 2014

Question: If an exempt employee gives a two week resignation notice, do we have to honor it or can we separate early without compensating the employee for the two weeks? Answer: An employer may accept the employee’s voluntary resignation, or release the employee in advance of the stated resignation date, or in extreme situations determine if ...

From the Hotline: Medical Certification Right to Second Opinion

September 16, 2014

Question: Can an employee request a second opinion for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification if the employee disagrees with the one completed by her or his physician? Answer: Yes, the employee has the right to obtain and manage his or her own medical care, including the right to a second opinion. The employer still has the right to ...

From the Hotline: Criminal Records and Disclosure

September 15, 2014

Question: When hiring a registered sex offender in Vermont, what notification should an employer provide to its employees? Answer: Employers generally cannot disclose criminal records except as authorized by law. Should the employer hire the candidate, the employer cannot disclose the registered sex offender status to other employees. Given ...

From the Hotline: Housing: Benefit or Income?

September 15, 2014

Question: If an employer provides housing for employees, is it considered a benefit and/or income that is to be taxed? Answer: When housing is provided to an employee it is generally considered a fringe benefit that is taxable to the employee, and should be reported on the Form W-2. For nonprofit organizations, however, there may be an ...

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