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They share any information that’s available concerning our business or things that might affect our business. And I think they also are very effective in helping you understand why you need to look at things differently if you’re not looking at them the right way.
- Tanya Henry, Executive Director, Milwaukee Careers Cooperative

 

We are constantly on the alert for all the latest industry news, legislative updates, trends and more that could possibly impact your staffing business. Our president and CEO, Julie Ann Blazei, also shares her insights on the staffing industry in her message (link below). And when we don’t see information about a topic we feel is critical for you to know, we create it ourselves to share in our monthly email.

Press Room

With job openings hovering at historically high levels, a shrinking labor pool, and the IRS cracking down on regulatory compliance, it is more important than ever to ensure your benefit management practices are both supporting and protecting your business and your employees’ best interests.

You can’t turn on the news, look at a paper, scroll through a newsfeed, or grab a magazine without seeing another claim of sexual harassment in the workplace. The #MeToo movement has gained momentum with some prominent, high profile harassment cases and accusations. The result has been a heightened sensitivity to harassment claims in the workplace both in and out of the spotlight.

These days, employees must occasionally work on the road. This means they're taking important data out of the confines of their company's private network and exposing it to threats.

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Legislative Updates

On March 22, 2018, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill to preempt local governments from enacting and enforcing ordinances related to a multitude of employment matters. Since the bill has now passed both chambers of the Wisconsin Legislature, it is expected to be signed into law by Governor Walker in the next week or two. The bill, AB 748, would standardize employment law across the state by prohibiting local governmental units from enacting their own employment law regulations.

Cision PR Newswire (10/26/2017)

Premium renewal rates (the comparison of similar plan rates year over year) for employer sponsored health insurance rose an average of 6.6%—a significant increase from the five-year average increase of 5.6%, according to the 2017 United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Health Plan Survey, released today.

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Health Updates

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created new reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code sections 6055 and 6056. Under these new reporting rules, certain employers must provide information to the IRS about the health plan coverage they do or do not offer to their employees.  

 
The United States Department of Labor just released new FAQs on the upcoming deadline for sending notice of coverage options.  A notice to employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace must be sent by October 1st of this year.  For more on formation on this, including whether fees apply and templates for writing your notice, please visit their website here: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-noticeofcoverageoptions.html
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