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With an unlimited number of sources publishing HR related news it can be difficult to keep the facts straight. BASIC strives to deliver simple, easy-to-understand, and timely industry news/updates. From legal advice, regulation updates, and interesting interactive resources – we have you covered!


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Test Your FMLA Knowledge

August 1st, 2010

Published August 2010 Please choose the best answer. The correct answers are listed at the bottom of this quiz. Quiz Questions: 1 ) True or False: An employee can take FMLA leave for a common cold or flu. A) False, under the new definitions it is unlikely that the conditions of a cold, flu, etc.

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BASIC Receives 4th Consecutive Inc. 5000 Award

August 1st, 2010

  Published August 2010 BASIC has recently received an Inc. 5000 award for being one of the fastest growing, privately-owned businesses in the country. This is the fourth consecutive year that BASIC has been awarded this honor. The Inc. 5000 list is the most comprehensive look at an important segment of the economy – businesses

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Termination Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make Part 2

July 1st, 2010

Published July 2010 If you haven’t read Part 1 of this article, it is available by clicking here. Let’s take a typical situation to demonstrate how the process should work for an employee termination. Imagine you’re the VP of Human Resources at a manufacturing company and one day your phone rings. One of the other officers

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Test Your COBRA Knowledge

July 1st, 2010

Published July 2010 The COBRA quiz is below.  It may be easiest to write your multiple choice answers on a scrap piece of paper.  A Webinar invitation to the COBRA: Back to Basics Webinar separates the questions section from the answers at the end of the article. QUESTIONS: 1 ) What employers have to comply with

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Healthcare Reform Resources

July 1st, 2010

Published July 2010 BASIC has recently launched a free webpage containing Healthcare Reform resources for use by our Agents and Clients. Click here to be transported to the Healthcare Reform resources webpage. When BASIC receives further clarification of Healthcare Reform regulations, updates will be posted in a timely manner.  Feel free to bookmark this webpage.  Below are a

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Healthcare Reform Amends FLSA To Require Breastfeeding Breaks

July 1st, 2010

Published July 2010 With the recent passage of the Healthcare Reform acts last March, many employers are not aware of a new provision amending parts of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to establish employer breastfeeding accommodation requirements for employees who are nursing mothers. While more than 20 states already have existing laws in

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FMLA Leave Rights Expanded

July 1st, 2010

Published July 2010 Wage and Hour Division – June 22, 2010 On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified the “son or daughter” definition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regarding non-military leave. The new interpretation grants leave rights to an individual providing a child with daily care or financial

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Termination Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make: Part 1

June 1st, 2010

Published June 2010 There are few decisions an employer makes riskier or more important to the long term health of the business than whether and how to terminate an employee. The separated employee has the right to challenge that decision before a number of state, local and federal agencies, all of which have the power

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Consumer Driven Health Plans Can Lower Your Overall Healthcare Costs

June 1st, 2010

Published June 2010 Over the past few years, more employers are using a consumer driven health plan (CDHP) to combat the rising cost of health care. The CDHP model is designed to encourage employees to make more informed and cost efficient decisions regarding their health care. CDHPs have become increasingly popular, surpassing HMOs to become the second

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The Impact Of Health Care Reform On Flexible Spending Accounts

May 1st, 2010

Published May 2010 The recent passage of Health Care Reform legislation will affect virtually every American in one way or another. Among many other health care benefits, regulations for Flexible Spending Accounts have also been altered by Health Care Reform. Children up to Age 26 There is a requirement for group health insurance plans to cover

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