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    DOL Proposes to Expand Health Plan Options for Small Employers

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    On Jan. 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that would give small businesses and sole proprietors more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to selfinsure. These benefit arrangements are called association health plans (AHPs).

    The proposed rule would broaden the criteria for determining which employers may band together to form AHPs. Under the proposal, employers could form an AHP if they are in the same industry or have a principal place of business in the same state or metropolitan area.

    The proposed rule would also allow working owners, such as sole proprietors, to join AHPs. The proposed rule includes requirements for AHPs that are intended to distinguish them from commercial insurance-type arrangements and prevent adverse selection.

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    The DOL’s changes for AHPs are only proposed at this point. It is possible that the DOL will change the proposal before it is finalized, based on comments it receives on the proposed rule. Small employers and sole proprietors who are interested in AHPs should monitor the proposed rule for developments.

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    Topics: compliance

    IRS Issues New Tables for 2018 Tax Withholding

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Starting Feb. 15, 2018, employers must use new tables to determine how much income tax to withhold from their employees’ paychecks. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the required new tables, in Notice 1036, on Jan. 9, 2018. The notice contains early release copies of the “Percentage Method Tables for Income Tax Withholding” that will appear in IRS Publication 15 (Employer’s Tax Guide).

    According to the IRS, Notice 1036 is the first in a series of steps that the agency will take to help employers improve the accuracy of their tax withholdings under changes made by a new tax reform law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted on Dec. 22, 2017.

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    Topics: compliance

    6 HR Trends to Monitor in 2018

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    HR departments must constantly adapt to new requirements from both internal and external sources. Unexpected factors like new regulations from the White House and additional workplace responsibilities commonly disrupt HR departments. These disruptors can influence HR’s trajectory for the rest of the year.

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    Topics: HR Trends

    Five Ways Employers Can Help Prevent Sexual Harassment

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    As we ended 2017, we all witnessed an incredibly public conversation about sexual harassment—one that included prominent figures in politics, entertainment and even the news media. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are an all-too common occurrence in the workplace. And for many employers, the topic is one of great concern.

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    Topics: Sexual Harassment

    The Importance of Work-Life Balance

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Many of today's executives, managers and employees continually check their phone or personal laptop for work-related emails when they should be spending time relaxing with their family. Consider this 2016 survey from Deloitte that revealed that Americans collectively check their phones 8 billion times per day, which comes out to an average of 46 checks per day for each American.

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    Topics: HR Trends, Productivity

    Interview Preparation Action Items

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Use this checklist to help you prepare for the hiring and interview process for an open position in your organization.

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    Topics: Interview Toolkit

    Rethinking Performance Reviews

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Why Annual Reviews Are No Longer Adequate

    Over the past few years, there has been a seismic shift in thinking when it comes to performance reviews. Most HR managers, department leaders and — perhaps most of all, employees — will love the fact that many leaders are rethinking performance reviews. 

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    Topics: HR Trends, Productivity, performance

    Basic Interview Checklist

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Consider the items on this checklist when conducting an interview:

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    Topics: Interview Toolkit

    The Benefits of Continuous Learning in the Workplace

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    Agile and Skilled Employees are Essential Components of a Workplace Today

    The modern workplace relies heavily on employees who actively seek and quickly absorb new information. These agile and skilled employees can help your business thrive in today's fast-paced, highly competitive and continually evolving business world. 

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    Topics: Continuous Learning, HR Trends, Productivity

    How Can I Help You? Chatbots and the Future of HR.

    Posted by Employer Flexible

    An emerging trend that is certainly on the rise for HR is artificial intelligence, commonly known as “AI.” Chatbots, more specifically, are computer programs designed to simulate a conversation with human users.

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    Topics: AI, Chatbots

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