July 18, 2017

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A Voice at the Table

The origin of Human Resources can be charted back to the industrial revolution. Then the Welfare Officer was tasked with overseeing workers’ wages and record maintenance.  Since that time, HR professionals have held a variety of titles including Labor Manager (1900s), Personnel Manager (1950s), Human Resources Manager (1980s), and finally HR Business Partner.  Wow, it […]

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July 14, 2017

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NSC State-by-State Report

The National Safety Council (NSC) is conducting a year-long project that rates each state within the U.S. on how well they prevent work-related injuries. This project called “The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report,” shows the strengths and weaknesses of 3 aspects of each state: road safety, home and community safety, and workplace safety. NSC […]

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July 12, 2017

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EEO-1 Reporting: Audit Now Could Save You from an Audit Later

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  (EEOC) requires all employers with at least 100 employees, federal government contractors and some first-tier subcontractors[1] to file an EEO-1 report annually. The filing deadline is usually September 30th but this year’s deadline has been extended until March 31, 2018. Why? For the first time, the EEO-1 report will require […]

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July 12, 2017

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OSHA Proposes to Delay Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule. The agency published […]

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July 5, 2017

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Missouri Human Rights Act Amended

The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) is the state law equivalent of Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination based on a number of protected characteristics – namely race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability status or genetic information. The MHRA also prohibited employment discrimination based on those characteristics. It was unique, however, because for […]

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July 5, 2017

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St. Louis Minimum Wage Rollercoaster
-Ordinance nullified; return to $7.70 per hour

St. Louis passed an ordinance in 2015 that raised the minimum wage in the city’s limits with automatic increases in the following years. Before it could take effect, however, it was blocked by a lawsuit that made its way to the Supreme Court of Missouri. The Court upheld the ordinance and the minimum wage in […]

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June 30, 2017

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Health Care Reform Update
-Links to the June 30 Webinar

If you were unable to attend this morning’s Health Care Reform Update webinar, you can access the recording by clicking this link. The presentation slides are available through this link.

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June 23, 2017

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What Does Your Handbook Say?

Do you even know? The employee handbook will (or should) answer many HR questions, and it is usually my first response to a client’s question.  The handbook should be the guide for HR, managers and the employees.  And while it won’t answer every question, it may give the quick answer, or direction for the answer […]

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June 22, 2017

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Senate Health Care Bill Released
-Better Care Reconciliation Act similar to AHCA

*Updated June 27, 2017* The long-awaited Senate version of the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) was released June 22. The Better Care Reconciliation Act retains many of the AHCA’s provisions and modifies others. The following provisions are noteworthy: Phases out federal funding for Medicaid expansion under the ACA; Cuts Medicaid spending; Caps Medicaid block grants […]

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June 20, 2017

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Big Insurance Companies to remain at a count of four, not three
- The mega merger that never was

In 2015 one of the insurance industry’s largest mergers started with Anthem agreeing to acquire Cigna.  Anthem’s purchase of Cigna would have created the largest U.S. health insurer. The merger was to close the second half of 2016 covering over 50 million members and was considered to be a $54 billion deal. On March 2016 […]

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June 19, 2017

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Senate Version of AHCA Still A Secret
-But some key issues are taking shape

Julie Rovner, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, recently wrote about the secrecy surrounding the Senate version of the AHCA. It’s so secret, in fact, that “[n]o one knows what the final Senate bill will look like — not even those writing it.” In a June 16 article, however, she outlined 5 key topics that […]

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June 9, 2017

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IRS Updates “Affordability” Percentage
-2018 rate will be lowest since 2015

Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must offer affordable, minimum value coverage to 95% of their full time employees. The affordability of the offer refers to the amount the employee must pay to cover just himself or herself on the employer’s plan. And affordability is calculated by using three methods called safe harbors. Two of the safe […]

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