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Remember when gas surcharges were implemented? Now customers may need to pay a surcharge for ACA, too.

How can employers afford the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Ask their customers to help. One small business in Florida plans to pass the extra costs onto customers with a 1 percent ACA surcharge. Why would they do this? A sign at the restaurant answers this question. “The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close Read More

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Did You Just Hire a Job Hopper?

Every employer wants to retain good employees. Finding new employees is expensive, and when employees leave, there’s not only the time that needs to be spent to find a replacement, but also the lost productivity of a vacant position. You can protect yourself by asking the right questions during the interview process. First, while you’re Read More

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Transitional Work Program: Thinking Outside the Box

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, indemnity payments have risen over the period of 2002 to 2011. With  continuing increases in workers’ compensation costs, companies are faced with developing creative strategies to reduce costs of work-related employee injuries. One strategy to consider is a Transitional Work Program (TWP), designed to get injured employees Read More

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Effective Managers not Only Bring Bold Ideas, They Also Execute Those Ideas Flawlessly

In a recent post on the HR Daily Advisor blog, some good lessons are gleaned from the less-than-flawless rollout of the Affordable Care Act. “Plans are great but execution matters!” Whether you support the Act or not, there’s no denying that the rollout was not as successful as it should have been. The site did Read More

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Missions Matter and a Clear Mission Can Improve Job Satisfaction

Finding a great employee is just the first step. Once you find your best employees, the greater challenge becomes keeping them happy. Compensation and benefits are certainly helpful, but job satisfaction goes beyond these perks. For employees to be satisfied with their job, they need to find some sort of pleasure in what they do. Read More

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Breakrooms Boost Productivity. No, Really!

Staples Advantage recently released a study reporting that 70 percent of surveyed managers believe that their workers are more productive currently than they were five years ago. While improved technology may come as no surprise as to why we’ve seen this increase, the study revealed that improved breaks and telecommuting also play a significant role. Read More

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Don’t Think That Job Descriptions Matter? Think Again!

If you had a claim against your company citing the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) laws, would your job descriptions protect you? If you are like most small to mid-size employers, probably not. And if they could, you probably wouldn’t have a claim in the first place. When Read More

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A time-saving tip, and an interesting fact about the Exchange notice due by Oct. 1

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Oct. 1, 2013 Exchange notice deadline is mentioned seemingly everywhere, including several posts on this blog. Last week, we gave you a link to the Department of Labor (DOL) sample notices to help you ensure your notice is compliant. In a recent post on Lexology, post authors Alden J. Bianchi Read More

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IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Oct 1st for Healthcare Marketplace Notices

Under the Affordable Care Act, whether or not you are required to “play or pay”, ALL employers subject to the Fair Labors Standard Act (FLSA) are required  to provide a notice to employees of coverage options available through the Marketplace by October 1,, 2013.  Beginning October 1, 2013 new employees must receive the notice within Read More

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Three Questions to Always Ask Before Classifying Independent Contractors

Leveraging independent contractors may seem like a perfect way to avoid many challenges of being an employer. However, they can also open the door to costly liabilities, penalties, and fines if not classified correctly. The Obama administration has increased efforts to find and correct worker mis-classification, so there is now additional funding for the Department Read More