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Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Health and Welfare Plan Checkup

Workplace Compliance Spotlight: Health and Welfare Plan Checkup

Health and welfare programs are core building blocks of your business. When is the last time you thought about reviewing your health and welfare plan administration from beginning to end? Have you updated your plan document to reflect how you operate your plan? As organizations focus on keeping up to date with ever changing compliance and reporting obligations such as the Affordable Care Act, it is easy to overlook basic, core plan administration compliance. An end-to-end plan administration review may seem overwhelming. However, by focusing on the more common areas that may become out of sync with plan operation, an organization can avoid some of the major compliance pitfalls. Join us on August 23rd with other business owners, HR leaders and finance execs like yourself for the next installment in our Workplace Compliance Spotlight webcast series and get critical insights and best practices on health and welfare plan compliance, such as: How plan documents might need to be updated to reflect actual operations; The most common cafeteria plan issues...

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Pay Equity: HR Compliance Trend to Watch

Pay Equity: HR Compliance Trend to Watch

Several jurisdictions are expanding and clarifying their laws prohibiting gender-based discrimination in pay, including restricting employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s pay history during the hiring process. This is because a candidate’s pay history may reflect discriminatory pay practices of a previous employer, which then could result in lower wages in the new job. While these laws differ among jurisdictions, they typically prohibit employers from seeking compensation history from an applicant or his/her current or former employer. Generally, employers are also prohibited from screening applicants based on their pay histories, including by requiring that an applicant’s prior compensation satisfy minimum or maximum criteria. The following jurisdictions have enacted these types of restrictions: Oregon (effective October 6, 2017) New York City, NY (effective October 31, 2017) Delaware (effective December 14, 2017) Massachusetts (effective July 1, 2018) San Francisco (effective July 1, 2018) Philadelphia (blocked due to pending litigation – watch for developments) If you are covered by one of these laws, remove salary history questions from application forms and...

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New Webinar Series: Workplace Compliance Spotlight

New Webinar Series: Workplace Compliance Spotlight

While employers of different sizes may sometimes not be on the same page when it comes to issues affecting them day-to-day, one issue is top of mind regardless of size: Workplace compliance. Compliance risks can mean potential exposure to legal penalties, fines and other loss if your organization fails to follow applicable laws and regulations. To complicate things, compliance requirements stemming from various human capital management-related laws, such as employment laws, taxation and data privacy, are often changing. Join us for our new Workplace Compliance Spotlight webinar series where we will focus on some top compliance trends and issues facing employers today. Our first event on July 26th will focus on Employee Handbook Best Practices. Employee handbooks help employers communicate rules, benefits and other important information to employees. An up-to-date employee handbook can help employers comply with certain requirements and can inform new hires and employees of your business’s policies and practices. However, understanding which policies to include and how to properly maintain a handbook can be a challenge....

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An Eventful Year for Businesses, and Another One to Come

An Eventful Year for Businesses, and Another One to Come

Insights from the ADP Research Institute® annual study of midsized business owners A lot can change in a year. This has been particularly true of the past 12 months, in which we’ve seen several upheavals and major shifts in business, government and public life. In 2017, much uncertainty remains. A new ADP Research Institute study,”Midsized Businesses Poised to Lose Balance in Time of Uncertainty,”surveyed 756 midsized business owners, C-suite executives and senior level executives about their experience and plans looking forward. The annual report points to the fact that U.S. businesses staffing between 50-999 workers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to business practices that could, over time, lead to weaknesses in strong or strengthening companies. Why focus on the middle market? Because midsized businesses play a key role in the economy in terms of job volume and revenue. The Center for Middle Market Research asserts that “if the U.S. middle market were a country, its GDP (gross domestic product) would rank it as the fifth largest economy in...

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Creating Pay Equity in the Workplace

Creating Pay Equity in the Workplace

Ellen Feeney, Vice President, Counsel, Global Compliance at ADP, examined pay equity and its importance for today’s employers in her presentation to Argyle’s CHRO membership at the 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum in New York on May 4. In her presentation, “Creating Pay Equity in the Workplace: What’s the Impact to Employers?” Feeney discussed the benefits of pay equity and its strategic impact on employers. According to Feeney, pay equity laws vary around the globe. Regardless, organizations must comply with these laws at all times. Many pay equity laws don’t have a financial penalty associated with them. However, the damage that an organization could suffer if it fails to comply with pay equity laws may extend beyond its bottom line. Ultimately, an organization must learn about its responsibilities relative to pay equity laws. This will enable an organization to understand its pay equity compliance and reporting requirements, so it can take the necessary steps to follow these laws consistently. To find out more on how a proactive approach to...

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