Human Resources News & Insights

Real-life Scrooges: The cheapest holiday gifts bosses have ever given their employees

When it comes to gift-giving, it’s the thought that counts. But things can get pretty awkward when gifts are downright thoughtless. 

What the heck is a Letter 226J? IRS’s new ACA enforcement comes at a terrible time

HR pros can be forgiven if they’re a bit skeptical about the IRS’ warnings to collect ACA employer mandate penalties. After all, they’ve been saying this for years without actually following through. But with the latest warning, the agency also included some proof that this time it’s for real.

It’s the most stressful time of the year: 5 tips to get your employees through the holidays

It’s that time of year again. Employees are preoccupied with thoughts of holiday shopping, party planning and visiting relatives, and the stress of it all can seriously impact their work. So what can you do to help? 

Tricky HR situations: When it’s probably a good idea to call a lawyer

With the multitude of issues HR pros face, it can be difficult to know under which circumstances legal help is necessary. Because, when it comes down to it, there is no instruction manual.

Sexual harassment in the Harvey Weinstein era: 3 ways to go beyond standard training

From the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly scandals to the #MeToo movement on social media, sexual harassment is on everybody’s minds.

Corporate jargon: Ranking buzzwords from insufferable to tolerable

Corporate jargon can do more than just annoy your coworkers – using particular buzzwords at work can also alter people’s impression of your professionalism and intelligence. 

Is flipping off the President a fireable offense? Sure. But should firm have done it?

When a government contractor fired an employee over a Facebook photo that showed her giving the middle finger to President Trump, it probably didn’t expect such a widespread negative reaction from the public. But that’s just what happened to Akima LLC.

Intoxicated employee dies after holiday party: Is company liable for negligence?

If your company hosts a holiday party so employees can have some fun, can you be held legally responsible when a tragedy takes place because an employee had too much fun?

DOL appeals ruling to kill new OT rule: Why is this big news for HR?

The Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t going to let a Texas judge simply toss out the Obama-era changes to the FLSA’s overtime rules. The agency has officially appealed the court’s decision, and its reason for the move suggests the DOL has some major plans regarding overtime reg in the near future.

IRS increases FSA limits, other benefits for 2018

The IRS just released the 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) for a variety of tax-related limits, like the popular flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Here’s what employers need to know about the new COLA limits: