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Negative-option 401(k) plans automatically enroll employees and make deductions from their pay; employees must opt out to receive their full pay. The IRS gave them the thumbs up several years ago, and the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) created a new safe harbor from non-discrimination testing for negative-option plans that meet certain standards. The IRS has now proposed regulations addressing negative-option plans. The proposed regs dovetail with final regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) covering qualified default investment alternatives. The regs are proposed to become effective for plan years beginning January 1, 2008, but you may rely on them until final regs are issued.

Q. If a Texas-based company has divisions in several other states, does the Texas law allowing employers to deny employees a look at their personnel files still apply? ...

Starting salaries for administrative positions will inch up slightly in 2008, led by starting salaries for senior executive assistants, human resources assistants and “presentation specialists.”
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Q. Our office manager wants to move to a paperless system. Are there any documents that we must maintain in paper form? ...

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently signed California’s new law allowing military spouses to take leave. The law requires some employers to provide up to 10 days of unpaid leave to the spouse of a qualified member of the U.S. armed forces, National Guard or reserves. Here are employer guidelines on exactly how to administer this new entitlement ...

Q. We’re drowning in paper and would like to go paperless. Can we create strictly electronic personnel and payroll records? — T.P., Indiana ...

If you don’t mean it, then don’t say it. A simple enough rule to live by. One employer recently learned the hard way that breaking a promise can extend an employee’s time period for filing a lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and cause the employer to owe more in damages. Here’s a breakdown of why.

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