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2018 Holiday Hiring Guidance for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Oct 4, 2018 9:00:00 AM

‘Tis the season for holiday hiring. As retailers prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, many have already staffed up this season, and others have virtual “now hiring” signs in the windows. Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by more than 668,000 during the final three months of the year, and this year is predicted to be just as strong. While many employers hire seasonal workers, not all may be fully aware of the regulations surrounding such employment.

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Topics: Hiring

PEO Employment Growth Soars Above Rest of U.S. Economy

Posted by Angie Garcia on Sep 28, 2018 9:00:00 AM

According to a recent study, Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) are experiencing employment growth 14 times higher than the growth rate in the overall U.S. economy. For example, the total employment represented by the PEO industry is the same as the combined number of employees who work at Walmart (U.S. only), Amazon, Google, Apple, IBM, FedEx, Starbucks, AT&T and Wells Fargo.

PEOs provide services like payroll processing, HR support, employee benefits, workers’ compensation insurance and regulatory compliance assistance and take on many employer responsibilities so business owners can focus on day-to-day operations and growth.

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How to Recognize and Prevent Fraudulent Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by Greg Andress on Sep 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Whether it’s a fake injury or a crooked doctor, workers’ compensation claimant fraud and medical fraud are significant contributors to the nation’s annual $30 billion insurance fraud problem – and false claims cost everyone. Employees, employers, and even health care providers can commit workers' compensation fraud.

Because worker’s compensation insurance is a no-fault method of paying workers for medical expenses and wage losses due to on-the-job injuries, fraudulent claims are a tempting target for criminals. Here are ways to recognize and prevent fraudulent workers’ compensation claims.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation

What Employers and Employees Should Know About 2019 Tax Withholding Changes

Posted by Dana Spinello, CPA on Sep 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A revised Form W-4 for 2019 is on the way and it’s just the latest tax withholding change for employees. Earlier this year, IRS officials updated their withholding tables and issued a new Form W-4 for 2018 after passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December. The act reduced employees' income tax rates, adjusted tax brackets and eliminated personal exemptions.

With all the changes, 2019 is an important year for workers to review whether they’re having the right amount of taxes withheld from their paychecks, especially those who belong to a multiple-income family, claim the child tax credit, have dependents over age 17, itemize their deductions or have high incomes or complex tax situations.

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Topics: payroll tax

OSHA Proposes Change to Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

Posted by Greg Andress on Aug 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering eliminating the requirement to report some injury and illness data electronically. For the past few years, an OSHA recordkeeping rule has required establishments covered by record-keeping regulations to submit certain reports to the federal government online.

Currently, certain companies with 20-249 employees are required to submit OSHA Form 300A each year. The OSHA Form 300A summary details workplace injuries and illnesses. In addition, larger establishments with 250 or more employees were supposed to begin electronically submitting data from OSHA Form 300 and 301. Those forms are illness and injury logs and incident reports.

However, in light of anticipated changes, OSHA announced it would not be accepting the additional submissions. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued in July and proposed changes would eliminate the requirement to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Larger establishments would still be required to submit Form 300A electronically.

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Topics: workplace safety, safety culture

Voluntary Benefits Now Considered Essential

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on Aug 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Many employers offer voluntary benefits to supplement their core benefit plans. Supplemental insurance plans appeal to the changing and diverse workforce that has come to expect a comprehensive employee benefits package. To stand out in a competitive job market, employers are offering more choice and flexibility than ever before. Employees are responding by personalizing benefit programs to fit their needs.

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Topics: Human Resources

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