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USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and Form I-9 Instructions on July 17, 2017

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS released a new version of and instructions for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must use only the new version by September 18, 2017. Here is an overview of some of the key changes: The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) will be added to List C. Employers [...]

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IRS Announces HSA/HDHP Limits for 2018

On May 5, 2017, the IRS announced the inflation-adjusted limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2018. The following chart highlights the updated limits: If you need assistance updating your plan designs and/or employee communication materials to reflect this change in the months to come, please contact our team [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for March 2017: Tax Season, Workplace Stress, Spring Travel Tips, and More

To help your company educate its employees about wellness-related topics, we are happy to share the March 2017 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. It covers topics dealing with financial wellness, stress management, nutrition, and more. The specific articles within the March 2017 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: Prepare for Tax [...]

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Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court; Implementation Delayed

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas halted the enforcement of the DOL’s new overtime rule until further notice. The rule, which was set to take effect on December 1, 2016, would have increased the salary threshold for the “white collar overtime exemptions” to $47,476 per year. While the judge’s preliminary injunction may [...]

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Massachusetts HR Compliance News: Large Employers Must Provide Paid Leave for Veterans on Veterans Day

Effective as of July 14, 2016, a new law in Massachusetts requires private employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid leave to any veteran desiring to participate in a Veterans Day exercise, parade, or service in his or her community of residence. Employers must allow these employees enough time to participate in these types of events in the community where [...]

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Employee Benefits Infographic: Emergency Room or Urgent Care

As employers look to help reduce health care costs for their organization and their employees, it’s critical to ensure that a multi-channel, internal communication strategy is in place. Employers should look for ways to reach employees with content in a variety of ways — including online, mobile tools, one-on-one meetings, emails, printed materials, and more. [...]

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DOL Releases New FMLA Poster and Employer’s Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor has released two documents in April 2016 that may impact how your company complies with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This includes: New Poster: The DOL released an updated version of the FMLA poster that covered employers are required to display in a conspicuous place where employees and [...]

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Vermont Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law for Employees

In 2015, a new law in Massachusetts went into effect that requires employers to provide sick leave to their employees. On March 9, 2016, another New England state followed a similar path, as a paid sick leave law was signed in the state of Vermont. Here are a few quick highlights regarding the Vermont state [...]

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New Animated Video for Employee Education: 7 Tips for Health Care Spending

I’m happy to share the news that the latest video in the “Know Your Benefits” series is now available. Entitled “7 Tips for Health Care Spending“, this animated video provides practical suggestions and insight to help employees gain more control over their health care costs. It highlights key areas such as emergency room care, reviewing [...]

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Employee Wellness Newsletter for December 2015: Cancer Screening Guidelines, Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain, and more

To help your company assist its employees in achieving their wellness-related goals, we are happy to share the December 2015 edition of our “Live Well, Work Well” newsletter. The articles within the December 2015 edition of “Live Well, Work Well” include: New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Released Bacon and Other Processed Meats Increase Risk of [...]

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