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Annual Enrollment Checklist

Authors: |October 23rd, 2018|Benefits, Communications, Compliance, Human Resources, In The Know|

For employers operating their group health plans on a calendar year basis, now is the time of the year to prepare for open enrollment with respect to group health and welfare benefits.  Typically, the focus is on evaluating the services and performance of vendors, renewing rates and considering design changes.  In addition to these items, [...]

Federal, State and Local Family and Medical Leave Laws

Authors: |March 23rd, 2018|Administration, Benefits, Compliance, Human Resources, In The Know|

Certain employers are subject to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). In addition, many state and local governments are adopting family and medical leave laws. Sorting out which laws apply and how they interact is challenging. Federal FMLA FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for [...]

Congress Passes Different Versions of Tax Reform Bill

Authors: |December 8th, 2017|Benefits, Human Resources, In The Know|

The House and Senate versions of the tax reform bills affect several employee benefits, such as Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Adoption Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement. See a comparison of the two versions of the bills in Mazursky Constantine’s latest HRBenefitsAuthority. Because there are differences between the two versions, the next step is for a [...]

It’s Open Enrollment Season – Help Your Employees Choose Wisely (Part 1 of 3)

Authors: |October 3rd, 2017|Benefits, Communications, Decision Making, Human Resources|

If your health and welfare benefit plans operate on a calendar year basis, you’re probably preparing for open enrollment this fall. As you develop communications to help employees choose their benefits for next year, keep in mind that despite your best efforts, your employees may struggle to make good decisions. People have difficulty making sound [...]

Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

Authors: |September 8th, 2017|Compliance, Human Resources, In The Know|

Last week, a federal district court in Texas struck down the Final Rule, associated with overtime, that was proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration. According to the DOL, the rule would have expanded eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to approximately 4.2 million workers. [...]

Paid Paternity Leave – is it just a trending topic on Facebook?

Authors: |September 5th, 2017|Benefits, Human Resources, Strategy|

In August of this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg again made headlines, announcing his plans to take 2 months of paternity leave when he and his wife welcome their second daughter. This is not the first time that the tech leader has made headlines for his plans to stay home and assist with his newborn [...]

IS YOUR TRAINING “CHUNKY?”

Authors: |August 29th, 2017|Human Resources, Learning & Development|

While it may not be politically correct to call a person chunky, if someone describes your learning program as chunky, consider it a compliment. Chunking content into small, digestible pieces - a strategy referred to as microlearning - continues to grow in popularity, largely because there is evidence that it's an effective instructional technique. Here's [...]

SLEEP. LAUGH. LEARN. Can sleep and laughter facilitate learning? (Part 2 of 2)

Authors: |August 22nd, 2017|Human Resources, Learning & Development|

As noted in Part 1 of this two-part blog series, the answer to this question is yes. According to many memory, learning and cognition researchers, humor and sleep can be effective strategies for enhancing learning. We explored sleep as a potential learning strategy in Part 1.  Here in Part 2, we’ll explore how humor can [...]

Senate Health Care Bill

Authors: |June 30th, 2017|Benefits, Compliance, Human Resources|

On June 22nd Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Although a vote was expected before the Senate’s July 4th break, the bill met with resistance from members of both the Democratic and Republican Parties, so discussion and the vote have been delayed until lawmakers return from break. The [...]

New Form I-9 Required as of January 22, 2017

Authors: |January 30th, 2017|Compliance, Human Resources, In The Know|

On November 14, 2012, the US Customs and Immigration Services published a new Form I-9. A s of January 22, 2017, all employers are now required to utilize the newly published form. The Form I-9 is used to verify both the identity and employment authorization of an individual hired to work in the United States. [...]