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Income-Based Premiums Help Make Health Care Affordable

Friday, December 04, 2020

As the cost for employer-sponsored health coverage goes up, lower-paid workers may not be able to afford their share of plan premiums. An alternative is to set premium levels based on employee compensation.

Agencies Preview Form 5500 for Reporting in 2021

Friday, December 04, 2020

Advance copies of Form 5500 information returns, used to report on plan year 2020 benefits, reflect an increase in maximum civil penalties, among other adjustments. It's uncertain if the Biden administration will revive an Obama-era proposed overhaul to Form 5500 that could expand reporting requirements for future years.

Reduce Risks of Working in the Heat in Australia

Friday, December 04, 2020

It’s important for Australian employers to create a comprehensive and suitable plan to combat the risk of working in the heat.

Facebook Sued for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

Friday, December 04, 2020

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has sued Facebook for allegedly setting aside thousands of jobs for foreign temporary guest workers, rather than advertising those jobs to available U.S. workers as required by law. The company is cooperating with the investigation and declined to comment on pending litigation.

Viewpoint: Hiring Managers Need to Work Closely with Schools

Friday, December 04, 2020

Employers like Walmart and IBM are looking for a method to match skilled workers to open positions. One option is the learning and employment record--a portable, digital source of information about a person's learning and on-the-job training, writes Larry Hatch of The National Student Clearinghouse.

Ask HR: How Do I Decline the Invitation to My Company's Holiday Party?

Friday, December 04, 2020

If you don't feel safe going to your company's holiday party, due to the coronavirus, can you decline the invitation? And how can you overcome "imposter syndrome" on the job? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions like these each week for USA Today.

EAD Approval Notices Will Not Be Accepted After Feb. 1

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Foreign workers will be able to continue using employment authorization document (EAD) approval notices as List C documents to establish work authorization through Feb. 1, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced.

Who Is a Long-Term, Part-Time Employee? 401(k) Plans Will Need to Know

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Historically, 401(k) plans could exclude individuals who worked less than 1,000 hours in the plan year. Starting in 2021, however, plans will need to consider these employees for eligibility, vesting, and company contribution purposes.

NLRB May Overturn Employer-Friendly Decisions During Biden Administration

Thursday, December 03, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s administration may have difficulty getting the congressional votes needed to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, legal experts say, but a Democrat-controlled National Labor Relations Board might overturn employer-friendly decisions.

8 Proven Tactics to Help You Break into HR

Thursday, December 03, 2020

​Landing a first job in human resources is never easy, but with the pandemic and a weakened economy, it likely will be even more difficult than usual, say career advisors and HR professionals. Whether you're fresh out of college, or you have work experience and are looking to make a career change into HR, here are eight tactics offered by experts that should help in your job search.

CDC Says Reduced COVID-19 Quarantine Periods May Be Acceptable

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Under new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employers may want to update their COVID-19 safety policies to allow certain employees to quarantine for less than 14 days after a possible exposure to the coronavirus.

U.S. Adds 245,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Drops

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

U.S. payrolls rose by 245,000 in November, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent from 6.9 percent, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment gains were driven by hiring in transportation and warehousing, business services and health care. Over half of the 22 million workers furloughed or laid off at the onset of the pandemic in March and April have now been rehired. A growing number of workers have exhausted their state unemployment benefits and have signed up for alternative federal emergency programs due to expire at the end of the year, as states have begun to reimpose restrictions on businesses amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

Former OSHA Head Joins Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden appointed David Michaels to his Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Michaels, who is an epidemiologist, was the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the Obama administration.

Trump Proceeds with Plan to Ease Federal Hiring and Firing for Policy Roles

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Federal agencies have until Jan. 19, 2021 to identify certain policy-making roles that may be excluded from civil-service job protections under an executive order.

First-Time Jobless Claims Dip

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

States reported that 712,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Nov. 28, as states have begun to reimpose restrictions on businesses amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell last week, to 5.5 million.

OSHA May Issue COVID-19 Standards Under Biden Administration

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Employers can expect increased enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Biden administration and possibly emergency temporary standards to combat COVID-19.

New H-1B Rules Struck Down

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

A federal district court in California invalidated two new regulations that raised prevailing wages and eligibility criteria for foreign workers to receive H-1B visas.

New Rules Aim to Stop Spread of COVID-19 in South African Workplaces

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The South African government introduced more stringent regulations on employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as the worldwide pandemic continues.

More Companies Offer Bonuses as a Challenging Year Ends

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

To reward employees who have dealt with a year of severe challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies are giving bonuses this December. When employers were asked what they would like most from their employer this holiday season, bonuses far outpaced holiday gifts, virtual parties and even an annual merit-pay increase.

DOL Offers Clarity on Calculating Overtime Pay for Piece-Rate Workers

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing how to properly calculate overtime premiums for employees who are paid on a piece-rate basis.