Minimum Wage Increase – City of Portland, Maine

Minimum Wage Increase for Portland, Maine The City of Portland's minimum wage is on the rise again, making it higher than the state's minimum wage.  Starting July 1, 2019, employers who operate a business in the City of Portland, Maine will be required to...

Can Employers Ask For A Doctor’s Note?

Generally, an employer can ask employees for a doctor's note when they take time off because of an illness. But it's important to consider the laws governing doctors' notes before making them a requirement. The Health Insurance Portability and...

HSA and FSA Accounts – What’s the Difference?

What's the difference between HSA and FSA, and which one is right for you? Explained by the IRS, a health savings account (HSA) is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account used to “pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur; you must be an eligible...

IRS Issues Draft of New Form W-4

As expected, the IRS has published a draft of a radically revised Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. The agency emphasizes this is just a preliminary version, and until further notice, everyone should continue to use the current...

How Long Does COBRA Coverage Last?

Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the continuation of health coverage starts from the date the covered employee's health insurance ends and, depending on the type of qualifying event, may last for 18 months, 29 months or 36...

Include These Notices in Your Open Enrollment Kit

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)Per the Affordable Care Act, group health plans or health insurance issuers must provide participants and beneficiaries with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) each year during open enrollment or at renewal time....

Independent Contractor Misclassified ?

What Happens if an Independent Contractor is Misclassified?Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR:There are many potential liabilities resulting from independent contractor misclassification, and they come from several sources: namely, the IRS, unemployment insurance,...

How to Calculate Retroactive Pay

Retroactive, or retro, pay is money due to an employee for work already performed but paid at a lower rate. Most commonly, it is linked to late performance appraisals, in which the employee received a pay increase that took effect in a prior pay...

Four Tips to Prevent Workplace Violence

The first and most obvious step in preventing workplace violence is to understand its meaning. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence is "any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other...