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NLRB’s Reassessment of Work Rules Employer Obligations under the FMLA

Legal Updates & Reminders… June 25: NC Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill expanding opportunities for employment of individuals with criminal records (no more than 3 Class H or I felonies and any misdemeanors), by shielding employers from negligent hiring claims if they relied on the ‘certificate of relief’ given to these individuals by the …

How bad grammar can cost you.

While growing up in rural Georgia just east of Athens, I adored my mother who served as a senior class teacher of English Grammar.  I was barely a teenager when she would routinely bring home her grammar quizzes to challenge my acumen at a much higher academic level than I had earned.  I might add; …

DOL Issues Final Regulations Regarding Association Health Plans

On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published Frequently Asked Questions About Association Health Plans (AHPs) and issued a final rule that broadens the definition of “employer” and the provisions under which an employer group or association may be treated as an “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer employee welfare benefit plan and group health plan …

HR Newsletter June 2018

Legal Updates and Reminders: May 17, 2018: The South Carolina Pregnancy Accommodations Act was signed into law. This law amends the SC Human Affairs Law, and requires SC employers with 15 or more employees to make facilities readily accessible for and provide reasonable accommodations to employees with “medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related …

CHOA UHC Update

What follows is an informational press release from United Healthcare regarding their negotiations with CHOA’s Physicians Group.  The Benefit Company will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as soon as they become available.    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Physicians’ Contract Negotiation Update with United Healthcare   We want to let you know that …

Is HR in Love with the Status Quo?

By Jack W. Bruce, SPHR, SHRM-SCP As a credentialed HR professional, I take note of any sweeping statement attempting to put us in pigeonholes — particularly if they lump us together with some unfavorable trait. At a recent gathering, I heard the speaker confidently refer to HR as the “Business Preventive Group.” What this speaker …

UBA Partner Firm Principal of the Year

Graciously accepting the Principal of the year award was John Hearn, Principal of The Benefit Company, and UBA Board Secretary and Treasurer. John humbly and modestly acknowledged the recognition for his countless hours of dedicated service to the Partnership. But in true UBA fashion, John respectfully declined the award to recognize his fellow UBA peer …

High Drug Prices

Recently, 60 Minutes hosted an expose’ about healthcare cost increases which are driven by waste/price manipulation in the pharmaceutical industry.  Please click on the below link to view a brief/informative documentary on the subject,.   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-problem-with-prescription-drug-prices/   You may want to know what strategies can be deployed to address this issue. First, every employer’s situation …

human resources news may 2018

Legal and Regulatory Updates: EEO-1 Filing: Initially postponed from September 2017 until March 31, 2018, the filing deadline has now been extended to June 1, 2018 for employers required to file one. Fully-Staffed NLRB (finally): On April 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed Republican John Ring as a member of the NLRB, and he was quickly …

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