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  • HR Snapshot

    HR Snapshot - A real-time look at trending HR topics.

    HR Snapshot provides a series of Q&A articles related to human resources and your business. HR Snapshot answers are provided by our HR pros and provides a useful insight to trending HR topics impacting your business.

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  • Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform - A real-time look at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) topics.

    Health Care Reform articles include various news and updates regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

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  • PEO Insights

    PEO Insights - A real-time look at the PEO industry.

    PEO Insights provides a series of articles related to the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry and the growing interest for both small and large businesses outsourcing human resources through a PEO arrangement.

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  • Health & Safety

    Health & Safety - A real-time look at Workplace Safety.

    Health & Safety highlights the importance of health and safety at work, providing you with up to date safety advice, facts, tips and opinions covering a vast range of workplace safety topics.

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  • Human Resources

    Human Resources - A real-time look at Human Resources.

    Our Human Resources articles provide a comprehensive look at current HR issues and trends impacting your business. Includes straight-forward best practices, tips and information to help protect and grow your business.

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  • Payroll & Tax Compliance

    Payroll & Tax Compliance - A real-time look at Payroll & Tax Compliance.

    Keep up to date with current trends and issues related to payroll and tax compliance for your business. Topics include IRS news and updates and general payroll processing and tax compliance issues for business.

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  • Time Management

    Time Management - A real-time look at Time and Labor Management.

    Time Management articles include topics related to effectively managing workforce time and attendance for your business. Keep up to date with current technology trends, news and time & labor management information.

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Workplace Investigations- Part I

Many businesses find themselves having to conduct workplace investigations for many different reasons—from harassment to conduct-related issues. Knowing how to conduct a thorough investigation is key for reducing the amount of liability to which employers expose themselves. In this two-part series, we will explore the best practices for conducting a workplace investigation. In this first installment, we will talk about some of the things that an employer should know ahead of time, before an actual complaint necessitating an investigation is made.

Managing Workplace Bullying

Although workplace bullying may be a new concern for some employers, others are all too familiar with its perils. Before we discuss facts of bullying, let’s look at its role in the workplace today. While bullying is not only a company culture issue, it is also a major liability concern for employers. Several states have litigation pending that would make bullying unlawful; California leads the way with its recent passage of A.B. 2053. This Assembly Bill requires covered employers to include prevention of “abusive conduct” in their mandated harassment prevention programs for supervisors.

IRS Clarifies and Partially Delays Prohibition on Individual Health Plan Premium Reimbursements

The IRS recently issued a notice that provides transitional relief to small employers who provide reimbursements for their employees to purchase individual health insurance on the marketplace. With that relief, however, the IRS also clarified that the new interpretation disallowing reimbursements is broader than many realized.

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Question about job applicant photos

Can an employer request photos from job applicants?

Answer from Albert C., one of our HR Pros:

While a photo for identification purposes could be taken or requested after an offer of employment, it would generally not be proper as part of a pre-employment inquiry. Information requested in the pre-employment process should be limited to information essential to determining if a person is qualified for a job and should be sought in a manner that minimizes the potential for prohibited discrimination.

Question about Health Care Reform

Under the Affordable Care Act, are we required to contribute toward the health insurance premiums for our employee’s children?

Answer from Jessica W., one of our HR Pros:

While some employers are required to offer coverage to eligible dependent children of their full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are not required to contribute toward the premiums of those dependent children.

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