Proven Ways You Can Improve Office Morale and Productivity

By Staff
Monday, April 20, 2015 4:11 PM NEW YORK—With some frequency, I’m often approached or called by a client company to discuss an awkward topic: office morale and team productivity. It is awkward because to some business owners, "office morale" seems like a term invented by employees who simply want to have more fun at work, rather than work.

Bona Fide Service Animals Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015 12:26 PM NEW YORK—Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), private businesses that are publicly accessible must permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. The Department of Justice (DOJ) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.

Impact of New Immigration Initiatives on the Workforce

By Staff
Monday, February 02, 2015 10:44 AM NEW YORK—On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama unilaterally announced a series of executive immigration initiatives that will impact millions of individuals already in the U.S. and their current or future employers.

As Economic Outlook Brightens, Health Care Premiums Increase for 2015

By Staff
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:31 AM NEW YORK—U.S. companies saw a relatively modest uptick in health plan costs in 2014, but premiums will see a sharper increase this year, according to new research released in November 2014 by Aon Hewitt.

Unions Are Advocating 'E-Mail at Work' to the National Labor Relations Board

By Staff
Monday, January 05, 2015 11:30 AM NEW YORK—The National Labor Relations Board http://nlrb.gov/ (NLRB) is considering reversing a seven-year-old ruling that currently prohibits employees from using the company e-mail systems to communicate about ways to work together to improve wages and working conditions.

Avoiding Liability in Your Company During the Holiday Season

By Staff
Monday, December 22, 2014 11:00 AM NEW YORK—Holidays are always a joyous time of year. As a reminder, before you begin to plan your holiday festivities, take a moment to assess the potential legal liability that this holiday season may bring.

Companies Plan to Adjust Health Care Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

By Staff
Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:04 AM NEW YORK—Recent surveys given to thousands of mid- to large-size firms nationwide by Towers Watson, the National Business Group on Health, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have learned that at least 33 percent of surveyed companies are considering cutting or reducing subsidies for employee family members.

States Raise Minimum Wages Due to Changes in Requirements

By Staff
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 11:17 AM NEW YORK—Despite political differences in Congress on a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage, many lower-paid workers have seen their earnings increase due to recent changes in state requirements.

New Rules and Regulations for 2015 Payroll Taxes

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 11:30 AM NEW YORK—High-earning employees will find more of their salary subject to Social Security payroll taxes starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

Flu Season Is on the Way

By Staff
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:00 PM NEW YORK—In the last decade, fears of pandemics, including "avian flu," SARS, and H1N1 influenza, have swept across the globe. In 2012, employers worried about the flu season since it started early, spread quickly, and caused unexpected numbers of deaths. Last year, concerns arose about the "H7N9 bird flu" in China.

Common Wage Offenses by Employers

By Staff
Monday, November 03, 2014 10:13 AM NEW YORK—Oftentimes, employers do not examine specific Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws to ensure their businesses are complying with the specific laws. FLSA cases filed by employees have risen each year since 2009, and there is no sign that this trend will level off or reverse.

Celebrating Halloween at Work: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Staff
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:10 PM NEW YORK—Halloween is just around the corner, and many companies have now decided what they plan to do for Halloween celebrations at work. For employers who may still be undecided, here is some information you may wish to consider.

Take the Right Steps to Accommodate Employees With Disabilities

By Staff
Monday, October 06, 2014 10:45 AM NEW YORK—As the workforce ages and people working with some kind of disability are on the rise, companies will need to be attentive in making accommodations for certain workers, according to a white paper from The Standard.

New Federal Guidelines Protect Pregnant Employees

By Staff
Monday, August 11, 2014 2:31 PM NEW YORK—In its first major update of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on pregnancy discrimination since 1983, on July 14, 2014 the agency added provisions explaining when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) might require reasonable accommodations for workers with pregnancy-related disabilities or work restrictions.

Pay Bump? Surveys Indicate Salary Increase of 3 Percent for 2015

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 PM NEW YORK—Employees of U. S. companies can expect a median base salary increase of 3 percent in 2015 across all main employee categories and most industries, still below pre-recession levels, according to separate research findings by pay consultancy Hay Group and WorldatWork, an association of total rewards professionals.
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