Benefits Buzz – August 2016

U.K. Votes to Leave the European Union On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU)—a decision that sent shockwaves across the world. While it was a close vote, British citizens ultimately chose to back the Brexit—a term commonly used to describe the British exit from the EU. Benefits Buzz…

HR Brief – August 2016

Employee Leave: Clarifying STD, FMLA, and ADA In addition to the federal requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many states, and even many localities and municipalities, have enacted employee leave laws. Due to the various leave requirements, employers may have a hard time understanding how…

Live Well, Work Well – August 2016

Zika: Why Men Should Be Concerned Too More athletes are avoiding competing in Brazil’s 2016 Olympics due to fears related to the Zika virus. Although the media has placed a high focus on the dangers for women who contract the virus, infectious disease experts agree—reproductively speaking—that men have the most reason for concern after visiting…

HR Brief – July

The Final White Collar Exemption Rule is Here: Now What? The Department of Labor (DOL) announced the final rule on changes to the “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on May 18, 2016. The final rule is effective Dec. 1, 2016. HR Brief – July 2016_FINAL

Benefits Buzz – July

DOL Issues New Overtime Payment Rules On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule regarding overtime wage payment qualifications for the “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule is effective Dec. 1, 2016. July 2016 Benefits Buzz

Live Well, Work Well – July

FDA Moves to Regulate the Sale of E-cigarettes When electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, first entered the market, there were few rules regulating who they could be sold to and what warnings (if any) they must carry. In recent years, concerns about the safety of e-cigarettes has grown and many have criticized e-cigarette manufacturers for targeting…

Benefits Insights – Telemental Health

Benefits Insights – Telemental Health Telemental health involves providing mental health services using live, interactive video conferencing. In other words, a patient doesn’t need to drive to a doctor’s office to receive mental health treatment—he or she simply needs to log on to a computer. Telemental Health (1)

Compliance Overview – Americans with Disabilities Act: Employer-provided Leave

Compliance Overview – Americans with Disabilities Act: Employer-provided Leave The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and requires that covered employers (those with 15 or more employees) provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance on when and how…