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H1B: One More Hurdle to Creating Your Dream Team

This past Tuesday thousands of applications were submitted for coveted H1B visas. These visas are necessary for U.S. employers who want to hire high-skilled foreign workers. The majority of these applications are for workers with advanced degrees and many have … Continue reading

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When Your Workers Go Into Extra Innings: New Overtime Regulations May Be Coming

President Obama has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to update the current overtime regulations to expand the number of workers who are eligible for overtime pay. While the actual details have not been released and may not be for … Continue reading

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Anything You Can Do We Can Do Better! Amherst Discusses Raising Town Minimum Wage to $15

While Massachusetts has been working on a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $11 an hour gradually over the next three years, Amherst is considering implementing a town minimum wage of $15 an hour. Tomorrow, March 19, 2014, … Continue reading

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BYOD: Employees Use of Personal Devices to Connect to an Employer’s Information

It seems virtually everyone has a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or other type of personal device. As these devices become more common, employees using these devices to connect to an employer’s computer network is also increasing. While there are benefits … Continue reading

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Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodating a disabled employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may seem to be a daunting task. While you want to enable an employee to perform their job, you also want to avoid excessive spending or inconvenience for the … Continue reading

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CHECK PLEASE! Credit Checks for Employees

Your ability to perform credit checks on employees is coming under fire. Ten states, including Connecticut and Vermont, already have limits on an employers’ ability to use credit information in employment decisions. Soon the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may create … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Dangers of Hosting an Office Holiday Party

This time of year some employers thank their employees for all their hard work throughout the year with a holiday office party. It is important for employers to be aware of the possible issues associated with holiday parties. Here are … Continue reading

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Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Tomorrow Senate President Therese Murray will put a bill before the Senate to increase the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2016 and tie future increases to inflation.  Business owners across the state have been … Continue reading

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IRS Announces Change to FSA Rule

A cafeteria plan is a written plan maintained by an employer under which all participants are employees, and all participants may choose among two or more benefits consisting of cash and qualified benefits.  A qualified benefit is any benefit which … Continue reading

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Creditable Coverage Notices Due October 15

It is time to distribute the annual Notice of Creditable Coverage required under Medicare Part D.  This notice informs participants whether the prescription drug coverage offered under your health plan constitutes creditable or non-creditable coverage.  In prior years, the notice … Continue reading

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