Category: Employee Benefits & Administration

Unemployment Tip: Voluntary Quit for Medical Reasons

DecisionHR’s unemployment vendor, Employers Edge, has laid out some detailed information regarding voluntary employee quit for medical reasons. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of medical quits. Health and medical reasons account for a significant number of voluntary separations from employment. Most states consider certain medical reasons to be “good cause” for

7 Important Items & Laws Employers Should Know Going into 2019

State and local officials were quite busy in 2018, especially when it came to employee-related laws. There were changes in 27 states and several important municipalities that affect employers of all sizes. There are caveats to many of these laws so employers should make sure to take note about which laws apply to their organizations.

What Steps Can an Employer Take to Prevent EEOC Charges?

You may already know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), is an agency of the federal government, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), for purposes of interpreting and enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination.  Federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against any applicant and/or employee based on race, color, religion,

Have Questions About Paid Family and Medical Leave?

Recently, the IRS released Notice 2018-71 which provides an in-depth Q & A on the employer tax credit for paid family and medical leave. The tax credit applies for both 2018 and 2019 tax years. The topics within this Q & A are: Eligible Employers Family and medical leave Minimum paid requirements Calculating and claiming the

HR Laws and Compliance Changes in 2018

There has been a lot of changes this year across the United States.  Here are several state-specific (and some city-specific) compliance advisories for your review. New Jersey Enacts Statewide Paid Sick Leave On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (Act) into law. This Act will

Unemployment Insurance, Who Decides?

Who makes the decision on whether a person is eligible to collect unemployment insurance? Well, many workers believe that it is an “earned benefit,” and that as an employee they’ve “paid into the system” via payroll taxes. This leads to the common misunderstanding that anyone who is unemployed, regardless of the reason, is therefore “entitled”

Are You Paying Your Summer Interns Correctly?

If it’s summer, it’s not only a needed break for students but a time for them to earn real-life work experience and learn more about the world awaiting them after their studies are complete. As an employer, there are many things to keep in mind if you are bringing on interns into your organization. The

How a Progressive Discipline Policy Impacts Unemployment Cost Management

Having a progressive discipline policy in place (and following it consistently) has a significant impact on your success rate in protesting unemployment claims. A progressive discipline procedure or policy outlines exactly how unacceptable performance or conduct is addressed – all the way up to the point of termination. We know every state has a set

California Employment Law – Top Five New State Laws in 2018

Employment Law in California is forever growing. California Governor Jerry Brown signed several significant employment bills that took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and many employers throughout California need to update their policies and practices accordingly. Here are the top five new California employment laws. A.B. 168: Salary history inquiries No longer able to ask