New Overtime Rules Are Here: Their Impact And What Employers Need To Consider

For over a year, employers have been told “a change was coming,” and now it is here with the Department of Labor’s new rule for overtime for white-collar workers (the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions). The rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. https://www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm Here’s the deal: If, on December 1, you have an exempt…

EEOC Publishes Its Position On Employees With Disabilities, Return-to-Work And Leave

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a “troubling trend” in employment discrimination with regard to how employees with disabilities are treated in the workplace. Charges of disability discrimination are on the rise, and the EEOC believes that organizational policies on disability leave are a key factor in that increase. In…

63 Emerging Risks No One is Talking About

Everybody knows about climate change and catastrophes, the Internet of Things and the cloud, the on-demand economy and online shopping, autonomous vehicles and robots in the workplace, terrorism and pandemics, 3-D printing and cyber theft, and political instability and economic uncertainty. Insurance professionals have been talking about these and many other emerging risks for years.…

Taxes and Tracking – What You Need to Know

IRS forms 1095 and 1094 have been published in their final forms, paving the way for businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to complete them in 2016. The problem is most business-owners have no idea they’re responsible for filing these very complicated tax forms. To complete these forms correctly and avoid penalties, you must begin tracking certain employee data like how much they…

The Government’s Misclassification Initiative: Why Use of Independent Contractors Is A Target

Written exclusively for Hartford Help ICon Professional Services, a leader in 1099 contractor compliance and payroll and benefits administration, released a report earlier this year exposing a significant gap between executives’ perceptions and reality about misclassification risk. The survey methodology used a sampling of senior executives to provide insight on their worker misclassification experiences. Respondents…