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The end of Wisconsin FMLA for domestic partners?

Last September, the Wisconsin legislature updated the definition of "domestic partner" via the budget bill. While the intention of the modification to the definition was to stop allowing domestic partner health coverage for state employees now that the state recognizes same sex marriage, it resulted in some unintended consequences. Moving forward, if you have Wisconsin employees asking for WFMLA for domestic partners or their family members, you need to ask new questions.

How can an Employee Assistance Program help with the wide-ranging effects of workplace violence?

Employees are under as much stress as ever in the wake of the recent school shootings and other violent actions throughout our country, which we see continually in the media. High utilization of your EAP can translate to lower health plan costs because employees will use the program to ward off stress-related illnesses, meaning fewer trips to the doctor. As the employer, an EAP offers numerous other advantages as well. A happier and healthier workforce means more positive, productive and loyal employees.

Tax reform law results in a new Form W-4

The IRS released a new Form W-4 for 2018 in February. It also revised its “Withholding Calculator” for employees to use to make sure they are having the proper amounts withheld from their paychecks. The minimum employers have to do is make sure they’re providing the new Form W-4 to newly hired employees and employees wishing to update their Form W-4 on and after April 1, 2018. 

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