Despite record-breaking low unemployment rates, “age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy,” says a report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). More than 50 years after the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employers still wrestle with these issues. The EEOC report highlights… Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently finished several investigations aimed at employers. The agency announced that seven different employers had violated federal laws involving minimum wages, overtime calculations, family and medical leave, the tip credit and work visas. Here are brief descriptions of the cases. 1. Minimum wage violations. A… Continue reading

Injury and illness reports aren’t generally fascinating reading material. Even so, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most businesses to fill out detailed reports of work-related injuries and illness and to post them conspicuously. From February 1 through April 30, the logs (known as OSHA Form 300 logs) for the prior calendar year… Continue reading

Today, approximately 38 million private sector employees in the United States lack access to a retirement savings plan through their employers. However, momentum is building in Washington, D.C., to remedy this situation by helping small employers take advantage of multiple employer defined contribution plans (MEPs). Could a MEP work for you and your workers? If… Continue reading

The Trump Administration and the Republican majority in Congress plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the coming months. In the meantime, however, employers must continue to comply with the existing rules for 2016, including the information reporting requirements and shared responsibility provisions. The IRS previously issued three sets of FAQs… Continue reading

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. In addition to funding medical research, accelerating cutting-edge treatments for rare diseases and adding significant reforms to the mental health system, the new legislation allows small employers to provide standalone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees without paying penalties imposed by… Continue reading