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On November 8, 2019 Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending certain protections to employees based on their decisions regarding reproductive health. This includes decisions on birth control, medical services related to reproductive health, or any drug or treatment use for reproductive health purposes.
There's never a shortage of compliance concerns when offering group benefits. While Summary Plan Descriptions and Plan Documents from insurance carriers cover much of the required notices to plan participants, there are a few outlying communications that fall on the shoulders of employers. To keep in compliance, here are a few notices that should be a part of an employer’s onboarding or annual enrollment processes.
In the United States, 86% of health care costs are spent for people with chronic conditions. While High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) have been a popular plan offering for employers seeking reduced health care costs for employer-sponsored plans, the high up front deductibles were often a deterrent to participation from employees with chronic conditions. In HDHP's participants can receive copays before paying their full deductible for services classified as "preventative care." But for people with chronic conditions, it was almost guaranteed they would be paying their entire deductible. However, on July 17, 2019, the IRS released a notice which added a number of chronic conditions whose treatment would fall under that definition of "preventative care."
On August 24, the New York State Department of Labor released their promised model guidance for mandatory sexual harassment training. NY employers must have updated sexual harassment policies in place by October 9 of 2018, and must have all employees complete mandatory sexual harassment training by January 1, 2019.
Bottom line, if you are a general or maritime employer subject to the new OSHA Silica Standard, OSHA is offering a 30-day grace period for employers who make “good faith efforts” to comply with the new rule. OSHA will extend compliance assistance to applicable employers.
No matter what industry you are in, workforce scheduling can be a time-consuming, error-prone, and downright frustrating task. You need to match up employee availability, skill sets, and preferences with fluctuating business demand in order to maximize productivity and profits. To boot, poor schedule management can lead to increased employee frustration, decreased engagement, and higher turnover. The right employee scheduling software helps you put the right employees in the right shifts at the right time to minimize labor costs, overtime, and compliance risks and maximize business performance. When starting down the path of reviewing employee scheduling software, here are 10 questions to help guide your journey.
The flu has been miserable this year, lasting upwards of 2 weeks in some cases. Worst of all, once it enters your office or classroom it’s only a matter of time before it runs the table across your workforce.
On December 22, 2017, the IRS issued notice 2018-06 to: