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Creating a Pandemic Illness Plan

Last year’s Ebola outbreak was a stark reminder that frightening and serious contagious diseases still exist. However, many people and businesses overlook the fact that more common infectious illnesses can also have a significant impact on employee health and business operations, such as the current, and especially virulent, 2014 to 2015 flu season. Pandemic illnesses like influenza pose a variety of workplace safety issues, so it’s critical for employers to implement a workplace pandemic illness plan or ensure their existing plan is up to date. Creating a pandemic illness plan A pandemic illness plan or policy guides an employer in managing an outbreak of pandemic illness in the workpl

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New Jersey Monthly Reporting Bill Amended

On February 5, the New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee voted on the substitute version of A.B. 3156, which would: Include wage information for employees who have been terminated or otherwise separated from employment Require quarterly unemployment insurance wage reporting instead of monthly wage reporting Require employers to file an Employee Status Report within 20 days (or 15 days for employers that report electronically) of an employee’s “hiring, re-hiring, return to work, or ending of employment” Require the employer to report the “number of base weeks” worked “during the calendar quarter in which the employment ends” The legislation simplifies the type of wa

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Litigation Halts FLSA Exempt Status Change for Home Care Workers

Over the last few years, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has crafted the Home Care Final Rule, which would greatly narrow the home health care and companionship services exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule, which was originally intended to go into effect at the beginning of 2015, would have made almost 2 million home care workers who were previously classified as exempt eligible for minimum wage and overtime under the FLSA. In two separate orders - one in late December and one in mid-January - a federal judge struck down the two main provisions of the Final Rule (disallowance of third party use of the companionship exemption and a greatly nar

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Using Human Resources Outsourcing

On The Fence About Human Resources Outsourcing? 5 Reasons To Make The Change Now Are you on the fence about human resources outsourcing? Many entrepreneurs initially feel reluctant to make the switch from an internal HR department to a business model that embraces human resources outsourcing. However, knowing five important benefits that human resources outsourcing can deliver to your business may forever change your mind. Using human resources outsourcing in your business offers: More employee bandwidth: The biggest perk that outsourcing your HR function delivers? It instantly creates bandwidth for your current employees to focus on other core competencies in your organization. No longer

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It’s Go Time….The Employer Mandate is Here

After controversy, debate, and delays, the Employer Mandate has arrived. This provision of the Affordable Care Act (also known as the “Play or Pay” provision) requires all employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to offer a certain level of health insurance coverage at an affordable rate to all full-time employees or face a possible penalty.Large employers (those with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees) that do not comply with the Employer Mandate may begin incurring penalties in each month of the 2015 tax year. Midsized employers (those with 50-99 full-time equivalent employees) enjoy an additional year of reprieve (to 2016) as long as the organization did not re

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Withholding Tables Revised

District of Columbia The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) has reissued the 2015 income tax withholding tables and instructions (originally revised in December).  The revised guide has several changes, including: (1) eliminating specific filing status calculations for the percentage wage method and wage bracket method; (2) reflecting the increase in the personal exemption amount; and (3) clarifying that the tax rate applicable to mid-range wages is 7%.  The revised tables and instructions are available at http://otr.cfo.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/otr/publication/attachments/FR-230_012215_v4.pdf.

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Multistate New Hire Reporting

On January 26, 2015, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) released a revised Multistate Employer Notification Form for New Hire Reporting at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css/resource/multistate-employer-registration-form-instructions.  Employers with employees in two or more states that report new hires magnetically or electronically may designate one state where they have employees as the state to which they will report all their new hires.  A benefit is that the employer must follow the new hire reporting requirements of that state only, not every state where it has new employees.  The designation is made to the Department of Health and Human Services using the form or onl

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8 Reasons Your Organization Should Have an Employee Handbook

1) Introduces Employees to the Organization’s Culture, Mission, and Values Perhaps the most important aspect of your Employee Handbook is the introduction of new employees to your corporate culture and how they will fit in. This helps to foster a sense of pride and belonging, which studies show will help employees become more productive in a shorter period of time. The introduction section of an Employee Handbook will answer these questions: “What do we do that sets us apart?” “How did the company get here?” “What are we passionate about?” “How can I, as a new hire, become a part of this culture?” The introduction section sets the standard for the employment relationship in

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Selecting Innovative Payroll Processing Services

Hiring Payroll Processing Services? Know These Three Must Have Features Outsourcing your payroll processing services to a third party provider can yield a comprehensive range of benefits to any organization. Using a quality payroll processing services firm instantly frees up bandwidth for your internal employees to focus on other core competencies in your organization. Additionally, using an outside provider to manage your payroll means that you'll never have to worry about your internal accounting shutting down due to sickness or resignations; instead, you'll enjoy uninterrupted service at all times. What To Look For When Sourcing Payroll Processing Services While the benefits of using pa

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New Year’s HR Resolutions

For many organizations, the beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to address the to-do list from the previous year or set goals for the new one. It’s a great way to focus the organization on the key priorities for the year ahead. As you make your list of resolutions, consider these three small changes you can make to your workplace to increase productivity and reduce turnover. One: Think positively for 5 seconds. Small and mid-size organizations are constantly under stress. You need to do more with less. Stay on top of the recent changes – business and regulatory – in your state and industry. Keep employees happy and motivated. The list goes on. It’s easy to feel the burden a

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