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There Are No Magic Words to Invoke the FMLA

May 29, 2013
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When there exists any doubt over whether an employee is seeking time off for a reason that could qualify under the FMLA, there is no harm in treating the request as one for FMLA leave.
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Disaster Preparedness: Tornadoes

May 22, 2013
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The destruction caused to the town of Moore, Oklahoma, by an unusually powerful tornado this week serves as a reminder to employers the importance of being prepared for natural disasters.
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Plan to Cap Retirement Funds May Reach Beyond the Wealthy

May 17, 2013
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A Washington-based think tank says the Obama proposal would affect 20 percent of Americans ages 25 to 64 with retirement plans that could hinder incentives to save money.
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The Affordable Care Act: Executives Take Note

May 13, 2013
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As the clock ticks toward 2014, it seems that there is more to the health care reform law than I realized. There's an anti-discrimination provision in the act that could trigger up to a $500,000 fine for a company if a C-suiter, for instance, gets better or even free health benefits that others don't.
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Employee Health Incentives: Myth or Miracle?

May 8, 2013
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The Affordable Care Act will encourage employers to expand incentive programs like cash and games. Some studies back their efficacy. Yet some experts claim incentives undermine personal responsibility rather than encourage it.
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Taking Issue With the Term 'Wage Theft'

May 7, 2013
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Yes, we have a wage-and-hour problem in this country. Wage-and-hour non-compliance, however, is a sin of omission, not a sin of commission. Employers aren't intentionally stealing; they just don't know any better.
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Employees Opening Health Savings Accounts in Record Numbers

May 6, 2013
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With 2014 contribution limits just released and more employers making high-deductible health plans their sole health benefit option, HSAs will continue to grow.
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There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

May 2, 2013
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Silicon Valley's tech companies are famous for the perks they offer to lure the best and brightest employees. One such perk—elaborately gourmet free meals. Never one to leave money on the table, the IRS is reportedly examining the taxability of these meals.
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Nicotine Screenings Snuff Out Some Employment Offers at Health Care Companies

April 30, 2013
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Health care providers, which see their employees as 'role models and advisers to patients,' are among the organizations requiring tobacco testing for new hires.
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CEOs See More Green, but 2012 Bump Only 1.2%: Survey

April 25, 2013
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Boards appear to be taking a more cautious approach to total chief executive compensation, though the pay gap between worker and boss continues to grow.
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