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New Ohio law legalizing medical marijuana raising many workplace questions

Governor John Kasich just signed HB523 which “authorizes the use of marijuana for medical purposes” in the state of Ohio. This law creates the ability for licensed physicians to issue prescriptions for marijuana. While it’s likely to be a year or two before the entire system and providers are in place, it’s already raising a number Read More

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Ohio House approves ‘life-altering’ medical marijuana bill

The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill this week which makes marijuana use for limited, medicinal purposes one step closer to become legal in the state of Ohio. There are reasonable opinions on both sides of the debate. Are you prepared for the questions this raises as an employer? A provision in the current Read More

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ACA Reporting Requirements are Coming…Are You Ready?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the biggest healthcare change in over 100 years. Without comprehensive data integration between these systems, it will become increasingly more difficult to maintain compliance. The ACA reporting and compliance requirements affect companies with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees. Full-time status is defined as 30 or more Read More

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Marketplace Health Coverage Enrollment Deadline: March 31

If your company is not currently carrying group health insurance or an employee has not enrolled in private insurance the individual mandate to carry insurance still applies for 2014 and the government marketplace open enrollment is about to end. If you don’t have health insurance, or would like to change your coverage, you still have Read More

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Two ACA Employer Reporting Rules Finalized March 10, 2014

The final rules for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be released. On March 3, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the finalized version of two reporting rules for businesses with 50 or more employees. Both rules, the Information Reporting by Applicable Large Employers: Health Insurance Coverage Offered Under Read More

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H-1B Work Visa Petitions on Behalf of Foreign Employees Begin April 1, 2014

If you have not already started preparing, it’s time to get ready to file an H-1B work visa petition if you have foreign employees who need sponsorship for long-term work authorization in the U.S. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B work visa petitions on April 1, 2014. With an annual Read More

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Minimum Wage Raised for Federal Contract Workers By Executive Order

President Obama signed an Executive Order on February 12th instituting a new policy to raise the minimum wage for workers under federal contracts for services or construction to $10.10 per hour. The order becomes effective January 1, 2015 and will apply only to new contracts and subcontracts signed after its effective date that provide the Read More

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Five Reasons You Should Encourage Your Employees to Use All Their Vacation Time

Your most dedicated, valuable employees are those that do NOT use all their vacation time, right? Perhaps not. What’s worse is that it’s possible you are losing productivity and employee satisfaction by allowing employees to skip their vacations. Right Management surveyed 763 workers throughout North America via an online poll that ran from November 16 Read More

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Shop is Open, but Online Enrollment is Delayed One Year

Businesses operating in a state that relies on the federally established Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange must wait until November 2014 for online enrollment. However, the SHOP Exchange is open and employers have two other options to enroll. Small employers can work through an agent, broker, or insurer that offers a certified SHOP Read More

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Join Us on Dec 19th for a Health Reform Seminar

Sheakley HR Solutions and HORAN will be leading a health care reform seminar focused on the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). You may be more familiar with these provisions being referred to as the “Pay or Play” mandate. In this free seminar we will take a closer Read More