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HRP Alert: Employee Health Reimbursements

Posted on 6/17/2014 by Becky Page

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has just released a new Question and Answer statement entitled Employer Health Care Arrangements. In this statement, the IRS has reiterated a declaration made in IRS Notice 2013-54 (PDF): If an employer does not establish a health insurance plan, they cannot reimburse employees for premiums they pay for health insurance through a qualified health plan acquired either in or out of the Marketplace. According to the IRS, "such arrangements are described as employer payment plans. An employer payment plan...generally does not include an arrangement under which an employee may have an after-tax amount applied toward health coverage or take that amount in cash compensation."

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HR Plus Recruitment Services

Posted on 5/13/2014 by Becky Page

Did you know that Human Resources Plus can help you recruit outstanding candidates for your open positions? For years we have assisted our clients with recruiting, mostly through referrals, and we have achieved a number of successful long term placements.

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Electronic Cigarettes

Posted on 4/29/2014 by Becky Page

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are skyrocketing in popularity among many tobacco users. These battery-powered devices enable users to inhale a nicotine-infused vapor, and they do not require the use of fire or produce smoke, ash or carbon monoxide. Although the health effects of e-cigarettes are not as well-established as traditional cigarettes, many tobacco users believe that e-cigarettes are not as physically offensive or disruptive as regular cigarettes. However, employers are free to ban or restrict the use of e-cigarettes at work and on company property in the same manner as regular tobacco products.

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The ADA, FMLA and Substance Abuse

Posted on 4/1/2014 by Becky Page

Employers who must deal with employees battling substance abuse may be surprised to learn that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) handle the issue of detoxification differently. When an employee seeks treatment for an addiction, it is important to understand if these laws apply and if the employee is entitled to any protections or accommodations.

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OSHA Inspections

Posted on 3/18/2014 by Becky Page

A workplace inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is usually not a pleasant experience, and it is important for an employer to act and react in ways that will avoid or mitigate fines, citations and/or other enforcement actions.

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Colorado Amendment 64

Posted on 3/4/2014 by Becky Page

The recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado, at least according to "Amendment 64: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012", which went into effect on January 1st, 2014. Even before this amendment was approved by Colorado voters on November 6th, 2012, employers in the state have expressed confusion over its effects on drug-related employment policies. While confusion does exists in regards to the true legality of the sale, cultivation, and consumption of marijuana and marijuana-derived consumable products in Colorado and other states in relation to federal law, the amendment is very clear when it comes to employment law in Colorado - employers may still test and subsequently discipline employees, up to and including termination, for marijuana use, even for medical purposes.

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Planning for Disasters

Posted on 2/11/2014 by Becky Page

In 2013, the tragic flooding in Colorado demonstrated that catastrophic disasters can strike almost anywhere. Businesses should protect their employees and their assets with a comprehensive disaster and business continuity plan. What are some of the elements of comprehensive disaster and business continuity plans, and what should your business specifically do to help your employees during a disaster? Last year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released highlights from a disaster planning session conducted at a SHRM conference.

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Effective January 1st: Colorado Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on 12/31/2013 by Becky Page

Did you know that on January 1st, 2014, the Colorado Minimum Wage will increase from $7.78 to $8.00 for most workers and from $4.76 to $4.98 for “Tipped Employees”? This increase marks the fourth rise in the Colorado minimum wage since January 1st, 2010. Although the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, employers must pay whichever minimum wage is higher. In order to remain in compliance with Colorado state law, employers must automatically increase the hourly wage of any employee making less than $8.00 an hour effective January 1st.

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Flu Season

Posted on 12/17/2013 by Becky Page

“Flu Season” is upon us, and it is important for employers to be aware of the damaging effects a workplace flu outbreak can have on employee health and wellness and workplace productivity. Fortunately, implementing a few simple, economic steps to encouraging proper hygienic practices and discouraging behaviors that spread infectious diseases can help mitigate the damaging effects of flu season in your workplace.

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Featured Client: Ski Butlers

Posted on 12/1/2013 by Becky Page

Our members come from all industries, represent all sizes, and are important to us! We are excited to support the growth and success of our members by publishing business profiles here on our blog and in our e-newsletter. We encourage you to discover how they might help you or your business be successful – we are happy to make the introduction!

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