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New Tool Gauges Cost Benefits When Hiring Disabled Workers

October 25, 2011
The tool focuses on three federal tax incentive programs: the Work Opportunity Credit, which can provide a maximum $2,400 tax credit; the Disabled Access Credit, which helps small businesses defray the cost of providing special equipment; and the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction, which provides a deduction of up to $15,000 for the removal of architectural and transportation barriers to persons with disabilities and senior citizens.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> What Can We Do When an Employee Has Exhausted the Leave-of-Absence Time Allowed by Our Workers' Comp Policy?

August 29, 2011
We have an employee who has been on workers' compensation for two years now—the claim is grandfathered under our old policy, but it's since changed. Now, when injured employees are on workers' compensation, they receive two-thirds of their pay and must use sick days and vacation to cover the remaining one-third. May we begin requiring the injured employee to use personal time? —Sick About This, benefits coordinator, mining/oil/gas, Illinois
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