What should employers do if a job applicant voluntarily discloses a disability during an interview? In most cases, employers cannot ask disability-related questions until after an applicant receives a conditional job offer, according to McDermott’s Laurie A. Baddon in this Society for Human Resource Management article. Once the employer makes a conditional offer, the employer […]

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Employers are likely, at some point, to receive a military leave request or questions related to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Here are the answers to five common USERRA-related questions.

An HR professional’s survival guide to employee benefits open enrollment season.

As employers navigate evolving COVID-19 state and federal rules, workplaces will have to stay vigilant about changes throughout the second half of 2021. These include changes to mask mandates, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Emergency Temporary Standard and the New York Health and Essential Rights (HERO) Act. Recent US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance, […]

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Health coaches can help people living with chronic conditions by acting as intermediaries with their health care providers. Here’s how benefits managers can help promote effective coaching.

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance concerning a new exemption under the prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) in connection with the provision of investment advice. PTE 2020-02, Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees (the Exemption), became effective on February 16, 2021. On April […]

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As US Congressional Democrats continue their advocacy for a pro-worker agenda, multiple bills and rules could bring about sweeping changes to the civil rights and labor protections for millions of workers. These include: The Equality Act The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act The Protecting the Right to Organize Act […]

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If employers grant continued telework as an accommodation for employees with disabilities, they need to ensure the workers are engaged and have the same promotional…

Enhanced unemployment benefits under a federal COVID-19 relief program are set to expire in September. About half the states have opted to end the program early, but…

July 31 is the annual Form 5500 information return filing deadline with the IRS for non-calendar-year benefit plans. Overlapping penalties for failing to timely file…