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What to do if the IRS notifies you of Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty fees

HR Question: I just received a notice from the IRS claiming I owe significant penalty fees based on Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations. What do I do now that I’ve received this notice? HR Answer: You are not alone. In the last few months, many employers have begun to receive notices from the IRS alerting […]

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What Role Should HR Play in Benefits Open Enrollment to Ensure Success?

HR Question: I recently took on the responsibility of overseeing our company’s benefits. Can you offer advice on the role HR should play in benefits open enrollment to ensure its success? HR Answer: As many employers, like yourself, are in the midst of planning for benefits open enrollment, it takes me back to the early […]

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What Employers Need to Know About Vaccination Surcharges and Mandates

HR Question: Our company is weighing our options between implementing COVID-19 vaccination incentives, surcharges, or a mandate. What employment laws do we need to consider in our decision-making process? HR Answer: As you can imagine, Delta Airlines’ announcement of a vaccination surcharge and President Biden’s hint that mandatory vaccination rules may be forthcoming are generating […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

HR Question: While the US recognizes several national holidays throughout the year, it’s easy to get caught up and forget the reason behind the day. So, why do we celebrate Labor Day? HR Answer: Its title gives a clue to this holiday’s purpose as many of us understand Labor Day to be a national holiday […]

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How Can Managers Assess Their Impact on Retention?

HR Question: I’ve heard the saying – “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers.” I recognize my managers can play a key role in the success of my organization, but how do we assess our manager’s impact on retention in our organization? HR Answer: As employers continue to wrestle with the challenges of attracting and […]

Can I Ask if My Employees Are Vaccinated?

Can we ask if our employees are vaccinated? Isn’t this a HIPAA violation or an illegal inquiry under the ADA or somehow confidential information? Employers can ask for proof of vaccination unless there is a state or local law or order to the contrary.* When an employer is requesting or reviewing medical information in its capacity as […]

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How Do I Manage a Disrespectful Employee?

HR Question: I’m supposed to manage a disrespectful employee and we keep butting heads. They don’t seem to want to follow my directions and I get the feeling that they’re not giving me their attention when I’m trying to work with them. How can I manage a subordinate who doesn’t respect me? HR Answer: Managing […]

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