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Help your employees celebrate the holidays — safely

Let’s face it – COVID-19 has been quite the party downer this year. We’d all been hoping we’d get to gather with our colleagues and celebrate the holidays together, but unfortunately the workplace holiday parties just don’t seem practical or safe during the pandemic. We put our thinking caps on (this year they look an awful lot like Santa hats) to give you some ideas for ways to help employees celebrate safely this year.

How to build rapport while wearing a face mask

Nonverbal communication in the workplace is extremely important. This makes communication in the age of COVID-19 more challenging for the obvious reason that masks, a necessary component of fighting the pandemic, hide the parts of our faces that display facial expressions — particularly those micro expressions that we use without thinking to convey as well as perceive sincerity, trustworthiness and good intentions.

2021 inflation adjustments for benefits plans

Following announcements by both the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration, most of the information on 2021 dollar amounts that employers will need to administer their benefit plans is now available.

Should career development take a back seat during the pandemic? Nope.

  Career and professional development may have taken a back seat to the many demands and emergencies facing organizations in the pandemic era. And that's understandable; in light of millions of layoffs and furloughs nationwide, companies' key goals remain staying...

How to support employees after an election

Employees were dreading going to work on November 4. This election season, more than any other, HR professionals must focus on how to support employees, guide interactions and de-escalate disputes.

Converting furloughs to permanent layoffs? Do it right.

  Employers that are converting furloughs into permanent layoffs need to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and with COBRA. "One major misstep for employers is to assume that furloughing employees allows the...

401(k) contribution limits for 2021

The IRS recently released its 2021 contribution limits for 401(k) plans.

CDC expands definition of “close contact”

The CDC on October 21 issued new guidance around the definition of “close contact.”

2020 ACA Forms 1094/95 reporting deadline extended

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-76 announcing relief for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Forms 1094/95 information reporting returns for the 2020 tax year. This relief, in the form of a delayed deadline, largely follows the same relief offered in recent prior years.

Affordable Care Act: 2021 Compliance Checklist

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made a number of significant changes to group health plans since the law was enacted in 2010. To prepare for 2021, employers should review these upcoming requirements and develop a compliance strategy.