Human Resources News
Congress Passes 40-Hour Legislation
Thanks to NACS grassroots efforts, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish 40 hours per week as the threshold for determining full time employment.
Posted Apr 4, 2014
Congress Votes Today on 40-Hour Legislation
Last push is needed to tell Congress to repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Posted Apr 3, 2014
Connecticut Passes $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Nutmeg State becomes the nation’s first to cross the $10 minimum wage threshold.
Posted Mar 28, 2014
NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
HR Forum Attendees Stay Ahead of the Curve
Attendees at the NACS event participated in interactive presentations and discussions on topics vital to their professional development and company’s bottom line.
Posted Mar 7, 2014
Woolworths Tackles Obesity With Employee Wellness Program
Australia’s fresh food retail chain is implementing an employee wellness program to help employees make healthier choices.
Posted Feb 24, 2014
Raising Minimum Wage Reduces Jobs, Poverty
A Congressional Budget Office report suggests that raising the minimum wage would eliminate roughly 500,000 jobs by 2016 while lifting nearly a million people out of poverty.
Posted Feb 20, 2014
White House Tweaks Employer Mandate Again
Obamacare’s requirement that employers with 50 or more employees provide healthcare has been pushed back until 2015.
Posted Feb 12, 2014
State Expansion of Medicaid Could Harm Businesses
Employers could face fines in states that have yet to enlarge their programs for Medicaid.
Posted Jan 24, 2014
Older Workers Not Taking Jobs From Young People
Economists maintain extending the retirement age doesn’t take away jobs from younger workers, despite what logic might otherwise indicate.
Posted Jan 7, 2014
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Pushing Minimum Wage Increase
The issue is a popular one among voters and revives a theme of economic inequality that Obama offered last year.
Posted Dec 31, 2013
Obama Administration Delays Small Business Online Enrollment
The Health and Human Services Department announced before Thanksgiving that offline methods would continue to be available.
Posted Dec 2, 2013
QSR Executive Says Obamacare Hurts Job Creation
Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, told Fox News that he would be hiring part-time workers because of the new law.
Posted Oct 18, 2013
NACS Encourages Compliance With ACA Exchange Notice Requirements
Beginning October 1, Obamacare requires employers to provide notice to their employees of the availability of coverage options. While there is no penalty for failing to provide notice, there is much upside and little downside for doing so.
Posted Sep 24, 2013
Walgreens to Shift Health Plan for 160,000 Workers
Beginning in 2014, the drug store chain will provide payments to roughly 160,000 employees, requiring them to purchase individual insurance from a private health-insurance marketplace.
Posted Sep 19, 2013
Regulator Halts Employers From Requiring Paychecks on Cards
In response to concerns about employers mandating payroll cards that carry high fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says employers must provide other options.
Posted Sep 16, 2013
Companies Moving Retirees’ Health Plans to Insurance Exchanges
IBM, Time Warner and others begin shifting their retirees’ health plans to private exchanges.
Posted Sep 10, 2013
New Rule for Disability Hiring Could Negatively Impact Businesses
The concern surrounds how the Labor Department will interpret the goal of having persons with disabilities constitute 7% of the federal government contractor workforce.
Posted Sep 5, 2013
U.S. Delays Deadline for Finalizing ACA Health Plans
Experts say that a small delay could jeopardize the start of the six-month enrollment period on federal health insurance exchanges that begins October 1.
Posted Aug 29, 2013
Estimates Higher for State Health Exchanges
At least 19 states say more people will sign up for exchanges than the federal government thought.
Posted Aug 21, 2013
E-Cigarettes Increasingly Becoming a Workplace Issue
Employers must soon confront electronic cigarettes with clear workplace guidelines, writes an HR consulting firm president.
Posted Aug 20, 2013
Can We Be Friends?
A recent survey found that six in 10 senior managers say they are uncomfortable being friended on Facebook by their bosses or the employees they supervise.
Posted Aug 14, 2013
IRS Provides Insight Into Employer Health-Care Provision
The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act has businesses scratching their heads.
Posted Jul 25, 2013
Restaurants Stock Shifts With Part-Time Employees
More foodservice establishments are adding part-time workers instead of full-time employees ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s full enforcement.
Posted Jul 17, 2013
SBA Launches Health-Care Reform Webinars
Affordable Care Act 101 webinars will walk small businesses through the basics and what the law will mean for retailers.
Posted Jul 17, 2013
Bad Medicine for Small Business Owners
Insurer WellPoint projects that small-group premiums could increase an average of 13% to 23% under the health-care law.
Posted Jul 9, 2013
Washington Report: Health-Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015
The Obama administration announced yesterday that businesses wouldn’t be penalized in 2014 if they don’t provide health insurance.
Posted Jul 3, 2013
Health Care Law's Employee Definition Draws Bipartisan Attention
Lawmakers focus on the definition of a full-time employee, noting its implications under the Affordable Care Act.
Posted Jun 28, 2013
Supreme Court Confirms Definition of ‘Supervisor’
The high court said that, under Title VII, a supervisor is someone who can undertake tangible employment decisions that impact employees.
Posted Jun 26, 2013
Legislation Calls for 40 Hours as Full Time
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would define full time as 40 hours a week.
Posted Jun 21, 2013
Will Health-Care Law Prompt Companies to Halt Insurance?
The Wall Street Journal explores the effects of the Affordable Care Act on corporate America.
Posted Jun 18, 2013
Roughly 20% of Retailers Will Slash Hours Ahead of Health-Care Law
Other businesses plan to increase worker contributions to health care or halt employer-subsidies of dependents.
Posted Jun 14, 2013
Cumberland Farms Expands Health Insurance Availability
The New England-based convenience store chain will reclassify 1,500 workers as full-time employees.
Posted Jun 12, 2013
Government Issues Finalized Wellness Rules
As part of Obamacare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its guidelines for employment-based wellness programs.
Posted May 31, 2013
Wisconsin Bill Taxes Smokers
State workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a bill that is gaining traction in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Posted May 23, 2013
Got the New I-9?
The new I-9 form has many small businesses unprepared and facing stiff penalties for failing to comply with the form’s requirements.
Posted May 9, 2013
Guest-Worker Proposal Would Legitimize Some Retail Workers’ Status
Most who would be affected by the new legislation work in the restaurant, construction and hospitality industries.
Posted May 8, 2013
The ROI on Longer Hours
Restaurants looking to grow sales may be tempted to extend operating hours, but the payoff is not always positive.
Posted Apr 30, 2013
Increase Employee Retention With Background Checks
Sign up for a free webinar hosted by NACS and LexisNexis on April 24 to learn how background checks can help you strengthen your retention rate and mitigate hiring risks.
Posted Apr 22, 2013
Alleged ADA Violation at Key Largo Marathon Station
A lawyer also filed similar federal lawsuits against a dozen other area businesses.
Posted Apr 17, 2013
‘Spare Tires’ Could Cost Michelin Employees
As health-care costs continue to rise, companies like Michelin are tacking on penalties to employees who fail to meet baseline requirements for health-related issues such as obesity.
Posted Apr 9, 2013
CVS Employees Required to Tell All About Weight
The drug store chain will penalize workers who refuse to work with a doctor on managing their health.
Posted Mar 22, 2013
Making a Case for Telecommuting
A new survey suggests that some workers may be more productive working from home, while some are probably goofing off.
Posted Mar 18, 2013
Labor Department Rule Seeks Reports on Union Advice
The agency will soon finalize a regulation that would make employers file onerous reports when receiving union activity advice.
Posted Feb 22, 2013
New Report Offers Strategies for Optimizing Organizational Performance
A new Educational-Brief by Terry McKenna helps industry leaders realize the value of being a high-performance organization.
Posted Feb 4, 2013
Thorntons Enhances Hiring Process With PeopleMatter
The Kentucky-based c-store operator is enjoying a strong ROI through its collaboration with PeopleMatter's human resources solutions.
Posted Jan 28, 2013
Union Memberships Drop to 11.3% of Workforce
The unionization rate has plummeted to its lowest numbers in 97 years.
Posted Jan 25, 2013
HR Forum Registration Now Open
Human resources professionals don't want to miss this highly engaging NACS program featuring HR best practices, case studies, networking opportunities and national-caliber speakers.
Posted Jan 14, 2013
E-Verify Extended Until 2015
Congress okayed a measure that would lengthen the federal E-Verify program for three years. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill.
Posted Sep 19, 2012
More Businesses Sued for Overtime Violations
One of the issues revolves around how technology, including smartphones, have evolved to allow employees to work outside of the office.
Posted Apr 18, 2012
Judge Decides Employers Elect to Skip Union Notice Postings
The federal justice ruled last week that the NLRB had no authority to make most private businesses put up right-to-unionize posters.
Posted Apr 18, 2012
There are three types of workers that may not be the best fit for a culture of innovation.
Posted Feb 20, 2012
EEOC Proposes Prohibiting Background Checks on Workers
The proposal would not allow employers to conduct criminal background checks on job applicants or current workers.
Posted Aug 2, 2011
Connecticut Becomes First to Require Paid Sick Time
The law governs service-industry companies with 50 or more employees.
Posted Jul 7, 2011
Connecticut Requires Paid Sick Leave
The state is the first in the U.S. to mandate that private employers give workers paid time off for illnesses.
Posted Jun 14, 2011
Sheetz, Chevron Make Top 25 List of Work-Life Balance Companies
The list ranks businesses that have workplace policies in place that give workers support for family and personal duties.
Posted May 27, 2011
U.S. Department of Labor Investigates Alleged N.J. Gasoline Station Wage Violations
The agency is conducting a 12-month examination into claims that station attendants receive less than the minimum wage.
Posted Apr 28, 2011
Tennessee Bill Strengthens Workers' Comp Rules
The measure would make it harder for fired employees to win claims.
Posted Mar 2, 2011
Part-Time Workers Carry Potential for Problems
Small businesses especially need to know all the rules and regulations for part-timers.
Posted Oct 27, 2010
Are Your Stores ADA Accessible?
Free NACS webinar will help you earn both the legal aspects and key architectural aspects of the 2010 ADA regulations.
Posted Oct 18, 2010
Tennessee Court Reverses Precedent in Workers' Discrimination Claims
The court decided that employers have to show discrimination or retaliation claims are not true instead of workers proving their case.
Posted Sep 29, 2010
Sheetz Rates High Among Ohio's Best Employers
For Sheetz employees, it's more than just a great place to work.
Posted May 28, 2010
Form to Claim Payroll Tax Exemption for Hiring New Workers Now Available
The IRS has issued the form as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.
Posted May 19, 2010
Appeals Court Rules Women Can Sue Walmart
Now, thousands of female Walmart workers can file a class-action lawsuit against the retailer over supposed pay and promotion discrimination.
Posted Apr 28, 2010
Illegals Slip Through E-Verify Net
The system designed to stem illegal immigration does not succeed in capturing more than half of the unlawful workforce.
Posted Mar 1, 2010