While the holiday season is just gearing up, the IRS has an early gift for employers. The agency has pushed back a critical Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for the fourth year in a row.
Among all the proverbial “HR nightmares” professionals face, few scenarios loom larger than a workplace immigration raid or Form I-9 audit. Now for employers, that dreaded knock at the door has never been likelier.
If you’re going to succeed in HR, you’ll need a good poker face. Unfortunately, it's a safe bet that you won't be the only one sitting at the table.
While it might lack the glitz and glamor of a Vegas casino, your workplace has likely seen its fair share of gambling. From lottery pools to sports bracket challenges, seemingly innocent wagers can carry big risks. Gambling remains highly regulated in most states and flat-out prohibited in others. Beyond legality, there are ethical questions to consider, too.
Close your eyes. Breathe in, breathe out. Relax your muscles. In the darkness under your eyelids, you see something taking shape. It’s an article on meditation at work.
With all the talk of artificial intelligence in the press, it’s only natural that some professionals are worried about becoming obsolete. From driverless cars to chatbots and everything in between, there’s no shortage of emerging technologies that could make businesses more efficient than ever—and potentially lighter on headcount.
New year, new limits. Earlier this month, the IRS published its long-awaited updates to 401(k) and IRA contribution limits for 2019.
Because retirement plans can be funded on a pretax basis (meaning deductions are taken from employee paychecks before taxes like social security), the IRS limits how much employees can contribute to them annually. These limits are subject to a periodic review to account for changes in the cost of living, inflation, and other factors.
For HR and payroll professionals, the holiday season means a whole lot more than gingerbread and mistletoe. The transition between years brings tax deadlines, ACA reporting requirements, bank holidays, and more.
With a series of ordinances recently passed by the New York City Council, city employers will soon need to offer on-premises lactation rooms for nursing employees. The requirements are the first of their kind in the Empire State. Existing state law only mandates that businesses provide nursing mothers with break time to express milk.
Boo! The workplace is full of questionable (and spooky) situations. That’s what this month’s Ask HR mailbag is all about.
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