Employee’s Discrimination Case Involving Medical Marijuana Usage Provides Warning to Employers

"A recent case out of Arizona demonstrates that drug testing employees for marijuana use, and taking disciplinary action on the results, remains a complex issue in the many states which have legalized medical marijuana use. State statutes may (or may not) provide employee protections for off-duty use of medical marijuana or for status as a [...]

How Many is Too Many?

“Our employees are our most valuable asset!” What business owner would ever deny the value of his (or her) workforce?  After all, almost 100% of American companies would go out of business without employees!  They are essential to the success of almost any organization. Yet, how valued are your employees once safety enters the conversation? [...]

5 Evolving Trends Regarding Employee Time Off

With recent unemployment rates reaching historic lows, employers across the country are struggling with one downside of a strong economy: fierce competition for talent. To attract and retain qualified workers, companies of all sizes are bolstering their employee benefit offerings. Currently, there are 5 largely evolving trends regarding employee time off.

5 Evolving Trends Regarding Employee Time Off

With recent unemployment rates reaching historic lows, employers across the country are struggling with one downside of a strong economy: fierce competition for talent. To attract and retain qualified workers, companies of all sizes are bolstering their employee benefit offerings. A study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that nearly a third [...]

Open Enrollment Is at the Door and It Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful.

Companies across the country should start preparing for open enrollment season, the period that comes once a year when employees may review, elect or change their group benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, as well as a wide range of supplemental benefits (life insurance, short and long-term disability, etc.)  In preparation for open enrollment, [...]

How to Create A Crisis Management & Response Plan

Creating a crisis management response plan is something most organizations don’t want to think about. Numerous studies also confirm that only about half of all organizations have any kind of crisis plan in place. Make sure your company is prepared. If your company is one of the 51 percent of organizations that admits to not [...]

7 Ways Managers Can Build Trust In The Workplace

How many people trust their managers? A recent study by Edelman found that one in three employees don’t trust their employer. Another study by EY found that number to be even lower, with only 46% having trust in their organization, and 49% in their boss/team. Trust is one of the most important things you need [...]

What Businesses in the Accounting Industry Should Know About California’s New Employment Laws

For employers in California, the beginning of 2018 ushered in a plethora of new employment laws designed to bolster employee rights. These laws—which range from a higher minimum wage to new requirements for the hiring process—apply to nearly all employers in both the public and private sectors. Complying with the new laws may be particularly [...]

IRS Reduces 2018 Family Contribution Limit for HSAs

On March 5, the IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2018-10 announcing that the maximum annual limit for families contributing to a health savings account (HSAs) has been reduced from $6,900 to $6,850. This change is effective immediately, so certain taxpayers may need to adjust their HSA contributions for 2018—or face excise taxes and penalties if [...]

7 Critical Steps Employers Should Take to Avoid Workplace Harassment Claims in the “#MeToo” Era

In recent months, numerous prominent individuals—ranging from politicians to celebrities to business executives—have stepped down from positions of power after being publicly accused of sexual harassment or other forms of misconduct. As a growing number of victims have come forward with their allegations, a heightened awareness of what constitutes harassment and how to avoid it [...]