Monthly Archives: March 2012

Payroll Tax Holiday Continues

March 15th, 2012

March 2012 Overcoming some bipartisan bickering, Congress finally agreed to extend the federal “payroll tax holiday” through the remainder of 2012. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012 was signed into law by President Obama on February 22, 2012. Thanks to the new law, employees can continue to bask in the...

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The Aging Workforce: Dos and DON’Ts to Avoid Discrimination

March 15th, 2012

The changing demographics in the United Statesand the desire of baby boomers to work longer than earlier generations has led to a larger percentage of older employees in the workforce. This growing population of older employees has led to more claims of age discrimination being filed against employers. Consider that in fiscal year 2011, the...

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HHS Releases FAQ on Essential Health Benefits

March 15th, 2012

March 2012 On February 17, 2012 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to provide additional information on HHS’s intended approach to defining essential health benefits (EHB). The EHB definition will ensure that health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets, both inside and...

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Seniors Receiving Social Security Benefits Can’t Reject Medicare Eligibility

March 15th, 2012

March 2012 By Associated Press A federal appeals court ruled last month that seniors who receive social security cannot reject their legal right to Medicare benefits, in a rare case of Americans suing to get out of a government entitlement. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is among the five senior citizens who sued to stop their...

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Tracking the Hours Worked for Your Exempt Employees

March 15th, 2012

March 2012 By HRSupportCenter The exempt verses non-exempt employee classification issue continues as a common area of confusion among employers. Often, many employers who are unfamiliar with the nuances of the issue also face practical challenges, including when and how to track hours for exempt employees. To be classified as exempt, the employee’s job generally...

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Employee Morale Shapes Business Success

March 15th, 2012

March 2012 The start of a new year represents an excellent time to contemplate employee morale within the organization. One success formula for an employer is to place and retain the right employees in the right jobs. Although monetary incentives are one way to help employees cope with economic downturns and challenges, the quality of...

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