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Nearly three-quarters of Americans say that the cost of health care and health insurance will be an important factor in their vote this November. According to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 44 percent of Americans said the cost of health care concerns them more than almost any other issue — only the job situation concerns more people (59 percent). And 73 percent said both the cost of health care and the future of Medicare would play an important role in their vote for president…. Read more

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As we round the corner and closer to the last quarter of the year, HR managers and directors should heed these 4 words of advice: “Get informed, get educated.” There are several Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) highlights that HR managers should know now… Read more

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On Aug. 13, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the most recent version of Form I-9 remains valid notwithstanding the OMB expiration date of Aug. 31, 2012 (located in the upper right hand corner on the form). Until further notice, the current form, which was last revised on Aug. 7, 2009 (located in the lower left hand corner), should continue to be used for new employees. USCIS published a proposed new form in March, and requested comments, but has not published the revisions in final form. The Form I-9 must be prepared by new employees not later than the first day of employment, and supporting documents must be reviewed by the employer and section 2 of Form I-9 must be completed within three business days of the first day of employment. Employees are required to present proof of identity and proof of employment eligibility with the completion of Form I-9.

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By July 1, 2012, plan sponsors should have received fee disclosure data from their plan service providers under the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule, Reasonable Contract or Arrangement Under Section 408(b)(2) – Fee Disclosure.

By August 30, 2012, plan sponsors must disclose plan facts and investment fees to participants, including a summary of the administrative and individual expenses charged against participant accounts, under the DOL’s final rule Fiduciary Requirements for Disclosure in Participant-Directed Individual Account Plans.

By November 14, 2012, plan sponsors must issue the first of required quarterly statements of fees deducted from individual accounts, initially reflecting fees deducted during the third quarter.

Below are 10 questions to consider in complying with the new rules, plus answers to these common uncertainties.Read more

Many employers need extra help during the summer but, whether you’re hiring teenagers under the age of 18 for seasonal or year-round positions, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure things go smoothly… Read more