Tag Archives: employee benefits

Don’t Forget About ACA Compliance with Staffing Firm Service Agreements

Ver la versión en español aquí  Applicable large employers – those with 50+ full-time employees (ALEs) – under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must satisfy the law’s “employer mandate,” meaning that they may be assessed penalties for: Failing to offer minimum essential coverage to full-time employees and their dependents Offering eligible employer-sponsored coverage that is … Continue Reading

Telecommuting: Perk or Problem?

Ver la versión en español aquí As we become increasingly more mobile, telecommuting programs are among the fastest growing benefit for employees. While the term “work from home” may trigger visions of a 24-year-old with a laptop at a Starbucks, the typical telecommuter is actually a 49-year old college graduate. Having an endless supply of … Continue Reading

Employees are Taking Back Thanksgiving!!!

Employees are taking back Thanksgiving!!! What impact will that have on your business if the trend continues?  Is the trend driven by a return to more traditional values surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday or is it just plain good business sense? Employers are asking themselves these questions ever since Recreational Equipment, Inc., otherwise known as “REI,” … Continue Reading

So Boring but So Important – Vendor Service Agreements

Ver la versión en español aquí You just finished the torture of the RFP process for a new vendor for your benefit plan (doesn’t matter what kind of plan – 401(k), group health plan, section 125 plan, stock purchase, etc.). You carefully compiled all the information from the 100-page responses, checked the references, asked pointed … Continue Reading

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Improper Extension of Benefits After Termination of Employment

Ver la versión en español aquí You’ve always treated your employees fairly, even when the relationship doesn’t work out and you have to let the employee go or when you’ve had to terminate employees due to downsizing. Often, you agree to continue the employee’s benefits for a few months during a severance period. You know … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Wow, how time flies! We are quickly approaching our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar this Spring. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to be missed! Join us on Friday, May 8th from 8 am-4:00 pm at the InterContinental Miami hotel as we reveal … Continue Reading

An EGGcellent Employee Benefit or a Degrading Message?

Ver la versión en español aquí Surveys are conducted periodically to compile lists of “best employee benefits.” Those lists have included items such as: free lunch (yes, there is such a thing for some lucky employees); fully-paid insurance premiums; gym membership and fitness classes; flexible schedules, including 4-day workweeks; telecommuting options; transportation subsidies; paid maternity … Continue Reading

Unlimited Vacation Time from Work: Dream, Reality or Just a Myth?

Ver la versión en español aquí Last month, I wrote a post about one company’s new “Mail on Holiday” program where emails are automatically deleted during an employee’s vacation. What if, in combination with such a program, an employee could have unlimited vacation time? For most employees, it’s a dream. But if you work for … Continue Reading

Health Care Reform – Business as Usual (For Now)

Ver la versión en español aquí Much publicized court cases in the last several weeks make us wonder whether the federal Health Care Reform law will survive. We leave the answer to that question to the U.S. Supreme Court. For now, employers should adopt the “business as usual” approach and continue to prepare for implementation … Continue Reading

It’s Summer: How to Treat Your Interns Under the ACA

It is prime time of the year for hiring “interns.” With the Affordable Care Act’s “pay or play” rules scheduled to go into full swing next year for large companies (50+ employees), employers have to know how to treat interns. The federal tax code imposes special taxes on large employers if their employees receive premium … Continue Reading

Flexible Workplace: What’s in a Name?

Many companies tout themselves as a “flexible workplace.” But what exactly does that mean? Does the company permit employees to have a regular telecommuting schedule or just work from home occasionally? Does the company offer modified start and stop times or compressed workweeks? All of these options and more can be components of a flexible … Continue Reading

Court Turns Searchlight on Unpaid Interns in Film and Entertainment Industry

On Tuesday, a federal court judge in New York ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and state wage laws by not paying production interns.  The production interns, Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman, worked on the psychological thriller “Black Swan” performing work such as reconciling purchase orders and invoices, drafting cover letters, filing, making copies, arranging … Continue Reading

Florida Appellate Court Applies Amended Misconduct Standards for Unemployment Compensation Benefits

In August 2011, we blogged about the amendments to the unemployment compensation statutes, which included a new definition of misconduct (see Florida Employers Get Immediate Unemployment Compensation Relief).  The definition of misconduct is: A violation of an employer’s rule, unless the claimant can demonstrate that:  He or she did not know, and could not reasonably … Continue Reading

Appeals Court Says ADA’s Safe Harbor Provision Permitted Medical Examination and Disability-Related Inquiries for Wellness Program Tied to Group Health Plan

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Florida, ruled on Monday that Broward County’s wellness program, which required employees to undergo a biometric screening and fill out a health assessment questionnaire, did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  The ADA generally prohibits medical examinations and disability-related inquiries unless job-related and … Continue Reading

Microbreweries Are Good; Micro-Bargaining Units Aren’t

I’m no beer aficionado but every now and then I enjoy a Purple Haze, an American-style wheat beer from a microbrewery just outside of New Orleans.  What employers will probably not enjoy is the National Labor Relations Board’s (“Board”) recent ruling, in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, making it easier for unions to … Continue Reading

Florida Employers Get Immediate Unemployment Compensation Relief

Florida’s unemployment compensation law was substantially changed this summer.  This is good news for Florida employers.  So what are the changes employers should cheer? (1)   Misconduct has been redefined.  It is harder for terminated employees to get unemployment compensation.  Under the new law, misconduct is now defined as any action that demonstrates “conscious disregard of an … Continue Reading

Court Says Woman Who Quit Her Job is Entitled to Unemployment Benefits

A Florida appellate court, in Rivera v. Fla. Unemployment Appeals Commission and Pollo Operations, Inc., has directed Florida’s unemployment agency to give unemployment benefits to a woman who voluntarily quit her job.  The woman, Nail Rivera, worked at Pollo Tropical restaurant for nine years when she complained that an assistant manager touched her buttocks.  Ms. Rivera … Continue Reading
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