Four Risks Small Businesses Face When Firing Employees

August 2 blog

When you’re a small business owner, having to fire an employee sometimes comes with the territory. The process is never without some anxiety. Adding to the unpleasantness are the inherent risks all employers assume when they decide terminating an...

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Qualifying Life Events and Health Insurance Enrollment

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Prior to 2014, if a freelancer, consultant or sole proprietor needed to purchase health insurance, they could do so year-round, pending approval from the insurance provider. But with the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, year-round...

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New Kansas City Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Salary History Questions

June 24 Blog

Kansas City Salary History Inquiry Ban Takes Effect Halloween 2019

In a move designed to close the pay gap between men and women, Kansas City, Missouri, is among the latest jurisdictions to pass an ordinance prohibiting employers from asking job...

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Staying Out of Harm’s Way: Handling Disgruntled Employees

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2017 was the most violent year in recent history for workplace shootings, which are increasingly common. The FBI reported that there were more “active shooter” incidents and related homicides that year than in any 12-month period since at least...

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How Retirement and Medicare Impact COBRA Eligibility

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For private-sector employers who offer group health insurance plans and have 20 or more employees, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) requires that continuing medical care benefits be made available to former employees who...

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Employment-Related Medical Exams and Inquiries Present Compliance Quagmire for Employers

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Employers use all manner of pre-employment tests to make sure applicants qualify for open positions. But when it comes to medical screenings and inquiries, companies must navigate a compliance quagmire to avoid discriminatory behavior that could...

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No Smoke Screens: Prescreening Helps Ensure Good Hires

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With national unemployment rates hovering at 4 percent or below for many months – and Kansas and Missouri rates coming in even lower – employers in many industries face severe worker shortages. The tight labor market underscores the importance of...

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Recruiting Biases: How to Avoid Blind Spots and Make Smart Hiring Decisions

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It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much a bad hire costs a company, but experts estimate it’s anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to as much as a quarter of a million dollars, considering all recruiting and onboarding expenses. If a...

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ACA Employer Penalties: IRS Letter 226J

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Under the Affordable Care Act, “employer shared responsibility provisions” became part of the Internal Revenue Code in 2015. These directives encourage “applicable large employers” (ALEs) – generally those with 50 or more full-time equivalent...

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Is Your Company’s Health Insurance Affordable? If Not, ACA Penalties May Await You

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A key objective of the Affordable Care Act is to ensure every American can afford health insurance. Based on ACA guidelines, a plan in 2019 is deemed affordable if the lowest-cost, self-only coverage option (not including insurance for a spouse...

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