Human Resources

COBRA Notice

Each employer who normally employed at least 20 full-time or full-time-equivalent employees during the prior calendar year must offer continued health insurance coverage, as mandated by the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), following the occurrence of a “qualifying event”, if the qualifying event would otherwise lead to a loss of health insurance coverage.

DRIVING You Crazy!

Your CDL drivers are under growing government scrutiny these days. Now more than ever the feds are keeping tabs on them, and your company, to ensure that safe drivers and equipment are on the road. The bottom line is that safer roads benefit everyone in many ways.

But don’t forget your drivers who do not hold a CDL. After all, you have sales reps, technicians, even AR/AP team members who use a company or personal vehicle for business every day. Their driving records must meet the standards of your insurance carrier.

Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Employee Leave

For many employers, dealing with employee absenteeism is the legal equivalent of navigating the Bermuda Triangle. That is because when an employee is unable or unwilling to work due to a physical or mental condition, his employer must address and comply with three major employment laws – the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and workers' compensation laws – each of which serve a different purpose.

Two Questions Can Root Out a Potential Bad Hire

If you’ve ever hired a dud, you might be the problem. A 2013 Gallup report showed a trend the respected polling organization has measured for years: most employees are “not engaged.” In the most recent report, it was 63%. The “actively disengaged” (those who would sabotage their organizations) were counted at 24%.

Most interviewers do a poor job posing questions that root out problem employees. Next time you’re interviewing, try asking candidates the following:

Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls

Although the recent lame duck Michigan legislature failed to add gender identity protections to Michigan law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has prohibited discrimination since 2012 against transgender people. “Transgender” is an umbrella term that includes people who are transsexual, or otherwise gender non-conforming. Not all people who consider themselves (or who may be considered by others as) transgender will undergo a gender transition.  

Paying Employees to Check Email After Hours?

According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project, as of January 2014, 58 percent of American adults have a smartphone and 42 percent own a tablet computer. Time spent on mobile devices by the average American consumer currently hovers around 2 hours and 42 minutes per day. For many, much of that time is undoubtedly spent checking and responding to work-related emails. Do employers need to pay employees for time spent after hours reviewing and responding to work-related emails?