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HR Brief – June 2017

  HR Brief – June 2017 This month’s HR Brief discusses the importance of employee engagement, provides suggestions for improving an organization’s ability to handle a public relations crisis and explains how a team leader can impact company culture. Contact us with your questions – we’re here to help!  

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7 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of US workers feel stressed on the job and workplace stress costs about $300 billion in lost productivity annually.  Everyone experiences periods of job stress, but extreme periods of prolonged stress can be detrimental to your long-term health.  If you’re feeling stressed at work, try these seven […]

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Only One-third of Employees are Engaged at Work

Employee engagement—or the commitment and energy that employees bring to work—impacts productivity and performance. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 33 percent of employees are engaged at work. Engaged vs. Disengaged Employees Engaged employees are more than just satisfied with their jobs, they are committed to the company and its goals. They have passion, […]

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Affordability Percentages Will Decrease For 2018

OVERVIEW On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2018 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For plan years beginning in 2018, employer-sponsored coverage will be considered affordable if the employee’s required contribution for self-only […]

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What if the Employer Mandate Is Repealed?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable, minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees in order to avoid possible penalties. Because this employer mandate has been criticized as burdensome for employers and an impediment to business growth, it seems likely that its repeal will be part of any […]

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Employee Leaves of Absence – General Compliance Rules

Employees may need to take time off from work for various reasons, including for their own medical situations or family emergencies. Federal and state leave laws require employers to provide employees with leave in certain situations. In general, when employees request time off from work, employers should consider their obligations under: The federal Family and […]

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Form 5500 Annual Report of Employee Benefit Plan

Form 5500 Annual Return & Report of Employee Benefit Plan   Each year, employee benefit plan administrators are generally required to file a return/report regarding the plan’s financial condition, investments, and operations. The annual reporting obligation is generally satisfied by filing the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan or Form 5500-SF Short Form […]

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