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Navigating Open Enrollment: A Guide to Streamlining Employee Benefits (2023)

For many employers, it’s time to start thinking about when and how exactly to roll out open enrollment for this year. Open enrollment is a vital annual process that may significantly impact an employee’s well-being and satisfaction. This article will provide employers with insights and strategies to create and implement a successful open enrollment process. … more »

The New Form I-9 and What Employers Need to Know

Effective 8/1/2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), released a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The following changes were made to the updated version: Employers may begin using the form effective 8/1/2023. However, must begin to use the form no later … more »

Compliance Posters: Mandatory Updates and More

In the complex realm of employment law, employers face numerous obligations to safeguard the rights and well-being of their employees. Compliance posters may have started in the early 20th century as simple text notices, but they have emerged as an ever-evolving essential tool to ensure adherence to various labor laws, serving as a tangible means … more »

Unveiling the Silent Disengagement: The Detrimental Effects of Quiet Quitting and Strategies for Employee Loyalty and Engagement

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive work environments, employee loyalty and engagement are crucial for the success of any organization. While traditional forms of employee turnover are widely recognized and addressed, there is a subtle yet concerning phenomenon that often goes unnoticed – “quiet quitting.” Quiet quitting refers to the disengagement and withdrawal of employees … more »

Unlimited PTO: How Much Time Off Do Employees Really Need?

Unlimited paid time off (PTO), also known as unlimited vacation and sick leave combined, has been gaining more and more traction, especially over the past half-decade. An unlimited PTO policy, in its most basic form, states that employees are allowed to take off as much time as they would like, so long as they do … more »

Are Your Employees Classified Correctly?

All too often employees are misclassified as exempt but maybe should be nonexempt; and these days, it’s more important than ever to ensure that employees are classified correctly under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An article by the Economic Policy Institute cited an estimated “10-30 percent of employers may misclassify their workers.” When those … more »

Updates to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

On December 29, 2022, the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act was officially passed, which included an amendment to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) that will take effect on June 27, 2023. As the PWFA is currently written, it simply prevents employers from taking adverse action due to pregnancy; however, this new amendment goes well beyond … more »

Compliance with Updated Labor Law Posters

It’s that time of year when many labor law posters need to be updated. While there are changes to some state labor law posters, this article focuses on identifying the primary changes found within the federal labor law poster and how to ensure all employees, whether in-person or remote, have access to this updated information … more »

Unique Opportunities for This Year’s Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year when everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of the Autumn leaves, the carving of pumpkins, the sipping of hot tea and cider, and, of course, the massive undertaking that is open enrollment. This year, in particular, has some unique considerations and potential advantages, which employers may use to their benefit. … more »

Let’s Get to Know GINA

We’ve seen “GINA” around the workplace since the late 2000s, but how well do employers know “The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)?” In 2004, The “Human Genome Project” published the completed human genome sequence. This discovery promised many new avenues for finding medications and treatments specific to the information that literally makes us one-of-a-kind. The … more »