Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Feb252015

Top Five Workplace Issues In 2015

FREE seminar from IMA member Pautsch Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group LLP — Five dates & locations to choose from …

Join Attorney Mark A. Spognardi as he discusses the Top 5 Workplace Issues employers face in 2015!

• Labor Board Attacks on Employee Handbooks

• Misclassification of Employees;

• Harassment and Current “Buzz Word” – Bullying;

• Non Compete Issues;

• And more!

Five dates & locations:

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Wednesday
Feb252015

US Labor Department updates Family and Medical Leave Act’s definition of spouse

FMLA Final Rule

Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. The U.S. Labor Department announced a rule change to the FMLA today in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor. That ruling struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act provision that interpreted “marriage” and “spouse” to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law.

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Thursday
Feb192015

Many Employers Face New Reporting Requirements Under ACA in 2015

From IMA member Plante Moran …

As the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to phase in, many employers will need to create or modify systems and processes to collect the information that they must report to the federal government. A new rule that went into effect on January 1, 2015, requires many businesses to gather information about the group health coverage that they offer their employees and report that information to their employees and to the IRS. The year-end reports (new IRS Forms 1095-B and 1094-C) will include specific information about employees covered in each month of the year, so employers need to begin collecting the data as soon as possible.

Who Must File?

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Thursday
Feb192015

Higher Wages Ahead

What middle market firms need to know … from THE REAL ECONOMY | February 04, 2015 … From IMA member McGladrey

Read the full report on why wages will rise this year in The Real Economy, McGladrey’s new monthly publication focusing on economic trends affecting the middle market.

DOWNLOAD THE REAL ECONOMY VOL. 2

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Wednesday
Feb112015

H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa Petitions Due April 1st

Employers should begin preparing new H-1B visa petitions immediately to increase their chances of hiring H-1B specialty occupation workers, and file the petition to be received by U.S. Customs & Immigrations Services (USCIS) by April 1, 2015. There is a cap of 65,000 Bachelor’s degree petitions and 20,000 Master’s degree petitions. The cap is expected to be reached quickly and the CIS will conduct a lottery among petition filers. Employees granted the visa will be able to begin work October 1.

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