Monthly Archives: November 2012

Tracking is Key for Flexible Employee Work Schedules

November 12th, 2012

The percentage of companies that permit or encourage flexible work arrangements has grown a lot — to 77 percent, from 66 percent seven years earlier, according to a recent Families & Work Institute survey. But in allowing these arrangements, some employers “may not be paying sufficient attention to the compliance implications of wage payment laws that...

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Social Media Under Fire as an Employment Screening Tool

November 12th, 2012

California has just joined Illinois and Maryland in putting an important limitation on employers. Based on this regulation, employers are prohibited from requiring applicants and employees to allow them access to social media sites where, presumably, the employers might find information that would affect employment decisions. Although the legal landscape is evolving, employers are still...

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Instructions for Completing Part I of Form 8889 for 2012

November 12th, 2012

If you are a beneficiary of a Health Savings Account (HSA), then the IRS requires you to prepare Form 8889 with your tax return before you can deduct your contributions to the account. The purpose of the form is to report your deductible contributions, calculate the deduction, report the distributions you take to pay medical...

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Preventing Common COBRA Mistakes – Do’s and Don’ts

November 12th, 2012

With so many requirements under COBRA, it’s easy to make a mistake that could result in costly penalties. Understanding your responsibilities when it comes to compliance is the best way to prevent expensive mistakes. The following do’s and don’ts can help you get started. DO count part-time employees to determine whether your plan is subject...

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