Compensation Solutions Blog
Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO – PEO – ASO – Payroll – Agency)
Visions Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce a free seminar event called “How to Survive and Win the College Admissions Process”. The seminar is being held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Visions Oakland branch office located at 3 Post Road, Oakland NJ. Light refreshments will be served and all are Welcome!
Please see the attached flyer announcing the event and distribute to co-workers as you see fit.
The 2014 flu season is just around the corner! Compensation Solutions has compiled the following information in the hope that it will be a valuable resource for you and your employees.
As you know, the best defense is a good offense. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first line of defense for maintaining good health is prevention so the CDC has compiled information for the 2014-2015 flu season which can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm.
Flu season can also be a difficult time for employers to maintain productivity. Therefore, the CDC recommends the following strategies to help minimize employee absenteeism and promote workplace health: host a flu vaccination clinic at your worksite or simply promote the benefits of the flu vaccination to your staff.
Supporting the flu vaccination amongst your staff is as simple as becoming informed about flu shot clinics and knowing locally available clinics. This is an easy task since the flu shot has widespread availability among a number of retailers including CVS, Walmart, Target and Walgreens. The following website is a great tool to locate a flu shot clinic: http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccination/index.html
For another year, Compensation Solutions, a CoAdvantage Company, one of the tri-state area’s leading Human Resource Outsourcing Organizations (HRO), is a Contributing Sponsor of the MM&B Bergen Bike Tour. Now in its 19th year, the event will be held at Darlington Park in Mahwah, New Jersey on Sunday, September 28th, 2014, rain or shine. Originally organized to promote charity among professionals, the MM&B Bergen Bike Tour has raised more than $1,000,000 since its inception in 1996.
Full news release: Compensation Solutions is a Sponsor of the 2014 MM&B Bergen Bike Tour.
To support the Volunteer Center’s efforts, click here.
Under a new law effective March 1, 2015, employers with 15 or more employees (including job placement and referral agencies and other employment agencies) are generally prohibited from:
•Requiring an applicant for employment to complete any employment application that makes any inquiries regarding his or her criminal record during the initial employment application process; and
•Making any oral or written inquiry regarding an applicant’s criminal record during the initial employment application process.
The “initial employment application process” begins when an applicant first makes an inquiry about a prospective employment position or job vacancy or when an employer first makes any inquiry to an applicant about a prospective employment position or job vacancy, and ends when an employer has conducted a first interview (whether in person or by any other means).
Exceptions and Scope of the Law
The law makes certain exceptions from these requirements, including:
•Certain law enforcement positions;
•Where the employment sought or being considered is for a position where a criminal history record background check is required by law, rule, or regulation; or
•Where an arrest or conviction would or may disqualify the person from holding such employment as required by any law, rule, or regulation.
The law does not prohibit an employer from, among other things:
•Requiring an applicant to complete an employment application that makes any inquiries regarding his or her criminal record after the initial employment application process has concluded; or
•Making any oral or written inquiries regarding his or her criminal record after the initial employment application process has concluded.
The law is scheduled to take effect March 1, 2015 (the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development may take anticipatory administrative action in advance as will be necessary for the implementation of the law).
For more information on other state laws specific to New Jersey, contact our HR department at 800-654-4234 ext. 180.
Compensation Solutions has added a telemedicine feature to their program - Teladoc. Teladoc provides 24/7/365 access to a national network of U.S. board certified doctors who can resolve many of your medical issues via the phone or online video consultation. It is quality healthcare, when and where you need it. Teladoc doctors can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication, when necessary, for non-emergency medical issues.
The Tri-state Leading Human Resource Outsourcing provider – Compensation Solutions, a CoAdvantage Company, is a sponsor of this year’s LINK Bergen 2014 golf outing. The Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s newest charity event takes place on Monday, July 21 at the Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, NJ with proceeds being used to support the many programs the Volunteer Center offers to the residents, corporations, and organizations of Bergen County.The Volunteer Center of Bergen County strengthens the Community by connecting people through service and developing civic leaders.
To play or sponsor click here:
Effective January 1, 2015, a new law makes certain changes to Connecticut’s paid sick leave law.
Employers of 50 or more employees are required to provide annual paid sick leave to each of the employer’s service workers in Connecticut. Eligible employees may use paid sick leave for certain qualifying absences, including to care for the employee’s (or child’s or spouse’s) illness, injury or health condition.
Key changes to the law include the following:
- Changes to the method for determining employer coverage. Under the amendments, employers must annually determine if they meet the 50-employee threshold based on the number of employees on their payroll for the week containing October 1st (prior to January 1, 2015, employers are subject to the law if they employ 50 or more individuals in Connecticut during any of the previous year’s quarters).
- Certain actions to avoid providing leave prohibited. Employers are prohibited from terminating or dismissing any employee, or transferring any employee from one worksite to another solely in order to not qualify as a covered employer under the law.
- Changes to the timeframe for accruing leave. Service workers will accrue 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, in 1-hour increments up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. Workers will be entitled to carry over up to 40 unused accrued hours from the current year to the next year. The new law defines “year” as any 365-day period an employer uses to calculate employee benefits (prior to January 1, 2015, the timeframe for accruing paid sick leave is based on the calendar year).
Click here to read the text of the law.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule extending the protections of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to all eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live.
Under the FMLA, an eligible employee of a covered employer (50 or more employees in at least 20 workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year) is entitled to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons, including to care for the employee’s spouse who has a serious health condition.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act provision that interpreted “marriage” and “spouse” to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for purposes of federal law. In response, the DOL revised its agency guidance, effective as of June 26, 2013, to clarify the definition of “spouse,” for purposes of the FMLA, to mean a husband or wife as defined or recognized under state law for purposes of marriage in the state where the employee resides, including “common law” marriage and same-sex marriage.
The proposed rule makes significant changes from previously issued guidance. Such changes include the following:
- The FMLA regulatory definition of “spouse” is based on the law of the place where the marriage was entered into, sometimes referred to as the “place of celebration” (currently, the regulatory definition of “spouse” only applies to same-sex spouses who reside in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage).
- The proposed definition of “spouse” expressly references the inclusion of same-sex marriages (in addition to common law marriages), and will encompass same-sex marriages entered into abroad that could have been entered into in at least one state.
The proposed definitional change would mean that eligible employees, regardless of where they live, would be able to:
- Take FMLA leave to care for their same-sex spouse with a serious health condition;
- Take qualifying exigency leave due to their same-sex spouse’s covered military service;
- Take military caregiver leave for their same-sex spouse; or
- Take FMLA leave to care for their stepchild or stepparent, even if certain in loco parentis requirements are not met.
You may read the proposed rule by clicking here. A Fact Sheet and FAQs regarding the proposed rule are also available for downloading.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a list of states with a federally-facilitated SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) which will not be implementing the “employer choice” feature in 2015. “Employer choice” provides employers the option to offer employees a choice of any qualified health plan at a single metal level.
A previously issued final rule provided state insurance commissioners the opportunity to recommend that, only for plan years beginning in 2015, a SHOP not provide this required “employer choice” feature if not implementing it would be in the best interest of small employers and their employees and dependents.
In total, 18 states with a federally-facilitated SHOP will not implement “employer choice” in 2015. Those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. The remaining 14 states with a federally-facilitated SHOP will join most state-based SHOPs and have employer choice available to small businesses in 2015.
To find out more about the SHOP Marketplace in your state, click here.