Monthly Archives: December 2012

Vacation and Paid Time Off (PTO) Carryover

December 11th, 2012

With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, many employers are reminding employees that the company’s policy does not allows for the carryover of unused vacation time or paid time off (PTO) to the next calendar year or that there is a limit on the amount of time that may be carried over from...

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HHS Launches Tobacco Free Website

December 11th, 2012

On November 15, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of BeTobaccoFree.gov, a resource “providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from across its agencies.” General information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit can be viewed from smart phones,...

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Survey Finds Limited Employer Interest in Health Insurance Exchanges

December 11th, 2012

As we approach celebrating the New Year, the Midwest Business Group on Health and The Benfield Group are looking towards 2014 and the climate of healthcare reform. According to survey results, only 9 percent of employers surveyed expect to participate in state health insurance exchanges — state-based competitive marketplaces allowing individuals and small businesses to...

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Jumping to FMLA Conclusions Doesn’t Pay Off

December 11th, 2012

You strive to remain FMLA compliant and your employees are expected to return FMLA certifications within fifteen days. However, FMLA regulations include an “out” for employees who miss the deadline for reasons beyond their control. Before terminating an employee simply due to late paperwork, it’s a smart idea to consult with the employee and get...

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IRS Releases New Guidance for Same-Sex Couples

December 11th, 2012

The IRS released frequently asked questions to provide answers to same-sex domestic partners, same-sex individuals in civil unions and same-sex couples whose marriage is recognized by state law. The information relates to same-sex couples who reside in community property states and are subject to their state’s community property laws. To view the IRS guide, click...

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