The HR Specialist

Employers on the fence about whether to offer health benefits to employees in 2015 have some important decisions to make this month. That’s because open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchanges begins Nov. 15.

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If there’s one reason for firing an employee that’s likely to stand up in court, it’s insubordination. Employers that carefully document an employee’s refusal to follow directions or listen to a supervisor’s reasonable instructions or rules are likely to win a lawsuit.

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As you prepare for the upcoming open enrollment season for health benefits, pass along these tips to help employees make smart choices.

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The rank-and-file aren’t eyeing the C-suite, according to a recent CareerBuilder.com poll.

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The U.S. Department of Labor and state labor agencies are getting tough on employers that misclassify employees as independent contractors. To help employers sidestep some common errors on this issue, the DOL has published a revised fact sheet on classification under the FLSA.

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a final rule that raises the minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour. The final rule, which applies to federal contracts beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2015, implements a White House executive order announced in February.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will decide whether a job applicant must specifically request an accommodation before an employer can be held liable for having a dress code that prohibits religious attire or grooming practices.

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Heads up: Your odds of getting hit with an audit of your I-9 forms took another jump last year.

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Test your knowledge of recent trends in employment law, comp & benefits and other HR issues with our monthly mini-quiz.

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A survey asked: “In which of the following areas has your organization seen the most employee lawsuits or class action over the past year?”

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