Highlights include credit unions targeted in a spear phishing campaign, email fraud on the rise, U.S. companies targeted through LinkedIn, and more.
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Know about discriminatory practices to avoid. Federal employment discrimination law does not prohibit employers from requesting or obtaining criminal history information about applicants and employees. However, an employer’s use of such information could result in a claim of discrimination.
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Serving on a board can be rewarding, but it also exposes your personal wealth and assets to potential risk, since board members can be personally liable for the actions (or inactions) of the boards upon which they sit.
Make sure your 2019 employee benefits strategy is aligned with your organization’s long-term goals. Strategic planning can help manage costs while increasing efficiency and productivity in a complex business climate.
The answer to that question can change from month to month, but here is some insight into what is happening with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) right now. In this article, we will discuss the individual shared responsibility mandate penalty, the employer shared responsibility mandate, the ACA benefit mandates, the PCORI fees, and the final health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) regulations.
If there is one message for employers it’s this: review your employee handbook. New perspectives may allow you to revamp your handbook policies. If you updated them within the last few years, they likely contain the language under the Obama-administration that inferred a negative impact on facially neutral policies. However, if you didn’t update your handbook, you may not need to make changes related to protected concerted activity.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t come with guarantees, and there is always the possibility of a premature death or a permanent disability, either from accidental or natural causes. That calls for contingency planning to make sure that you or your family receive a realistic value for the equity stake you have in your business in the event of the unexpected.
Introducing our 2019 MarketPulse trend report, where we discuss what our clients and other employers are doing to manage risks, promote employee productivity and morale, reduce costs and improve their organizations as a whole. In this issue, we explore retirement plans featuring target date funds as well as specialty drugs, cyber risk, predictive modeling, workplace well-being, advanced data analytics, the cost of large and often ongoing medical claims, and various emerging trends. In addition to a discussion of each trend, you will find supporting materials at AssociatedBRC.com/MarketPulse.
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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules require group health plans to provide special enrollment opportunities to certain employees, dependents, and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) qualified beneficiaries. Being aware of special enrollment situations is important, along with making sure special enrollment rights are communicated.
Regardless of the industry or the current state of the economy, conducting a criminal background screen on employment candidates has become standard practice for many employers. It is not so much the practice that presents the issue as it is the potential result. To that point, the critical question becomes, what does an employer do if the background check reveals a criminal record?
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