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With spring fast approaching, many people are scurrying around doing some spring cleaning at home. But spring cleaning is also a good idea for the workplace. Why? Apart from cleanliness and aesthetics, looking around for documents and supplies that are buried under clutter takes up time and energy that is better spent on work tasks. READ MORE >>

While a paycheck is the main reason for an employee to perform a job, there are several benefits that are highly sought after. And in order to hire and retain top talent, it’s in your business’ best interests to offer at least some of the following attractive benefits. Insurance READ MORE >>

Supreme Court Rejects the Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Mandate for Some Companies On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violates a 1993 federal law protecting religious freedom. READ MORE >>

California Employment Law Update - Updated Minimum Wage and Industry Wage Orders The Industrial Wage Commission of the California Department of Industrial Relations has updated its minimum wage order and industry wage orders. The updated wage orders go into effect on July 1, 2014. View the updated wage orders READ MORE >>

Notice to Exclude Spousal Health Coverage Question: Is it sufficient notification to exclude spousal health coverage if an employer has language in the handbook stating that spouses will not be covered under the health plan? Click for the answer.    READ MORE >>

The warm weather and eagerly anticipated outdoor activities of summer may take a toll on your workers' concentration. If you're noticing a lack of focus among your employees during this time of year, consider the following ideas to help keep them motivated: Encourage your employees to step outside for at least 15 minutes each day. READ MORE >>

The minimum wage rates are set to rise in a number of states over the coming months, generally as follows: California: $9.00 per hour, effective July 1, 2014 Delaware: $7.75 per hour, effective June 1, 2014  District of Columbia: $9.50 per hour, effective July 1, 2014 Michigan: $8. READ MORE >>

Question: Is a remote employee eligible for FMLA? Answer: To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must work for a covered employer and meet the following criteria: have worked for that employer for at least 12 months; have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the FMLA leave; and READ MORE >>

Today, the Federal Judicial Center released the number of wage and hour lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout the country during the 12-month period preceding March 31, 2014 (the FJC’s reporting period). Once again this year, the number of wage and hour lawsuits increased significantly to 8,126, up another 4. READ MORE >>

Affordable Care Act – Final Rule on Information Reporting by Exchanges On May 7, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a Final Rule on information reporting by Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchanges.  The Final Rule requires Exchanges to file annual and monthly reports for each Qualified Health Plan (QHP) purchased through the Exchange during the reporting period. READ MORE >>

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