Human Resources News & Insights

HIPAA audits on the rise: The violation you need to focus on now

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) thinks employees are being abused when it comes to confidential information and HIPAA security.The result: OCR is conducting audits like crazy.

Could ‘extreme’ team-building help build your workplace morale?

If you believe high-stress situations tend to force groups of employees to come together and perform, then this unorthodox team-building activity may be right up your alley.  

Feds pump out even more Obamacare instructions

If you believe Republicans on Capitol Hill, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) isn’t long for this world. Still, the Obama administration continues to clarify how businesses are supposed to comply with the law’s many provisions. 

DOL and IRS want a closer look at your retirement plan

Two of the most-feared government agencies for employers — the DOL and IRS — have decided there’s a real problem with the way retirement plans are being run, and they’re ramping up their audits to find out why that is.

Good news: Some employers get to start using stand-alone HRAs again

Employers may soon be able to use a key money-saving strategy that was recently taken away from them by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Employers get a little more ACA leeway: What you need to know

If your company offers a health plan, you got an early Christmas present from the IRS. 

Staying competitive: One tweak you should make to your PTO policy

If you’re still making employees wait one-to-three months after being hired to use their paid time off (PTO), you may wind up losing top talent to the competition.  

Things looking up in the holiday bonus department

Most workers have something to look forward to this holiday season.  

What will Trump administration mean for the new overtime rule?

Based on the many comments during the Presidential campaign, a Trump administration promises to overhaul many current federal regs, including the DOL’s new overtime rule. But what does the administration actually have the power to change? And when can employers expect to see any possible changes?   

What you can — and can’t — do with employees’ unused FSA funds

When employees leave unused FSA funds on the table, that money goes to the company. But there are a number of rules that dictate how those funds can be used. And not following those rules can be costly.