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Tell all employees about DOMA changes

If you’re an employer whose benefit plans are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, you should seriously consider how your organization will respond to the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act ruling and subsequent Internal Revenue Service clarifications ...

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The advantage of electronic onboarding (access required)

At 6.8 percent in August, Idaho’s unemployment rate inched up, placing us 20th in the nation (September numbers were unavailable due to the government shutdown). Even so, the Idaho Department of Labor said Idaho employers across all industries were hiring ...

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How employers are responding to the Affordable Care Act

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans recently released the findings from its fourth survey about how employer health plans are affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The survey asked employers a variety of questions, from how ...

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Wrapping your health insurance marketplace notice

By Oct. 1, employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to provide a health insurance marketplace notice to employees. This is a requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The notice contains important ...

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Measuring communication effectiveness

It’s often tough for communicators to demonstrate their value to an organization, because a lot of us do not understand how to measure the effectiveness of our work and, ironically, communicate it to the top brass. For example, the cause ...

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Building relationships is key to advancement, collaboration

I just returned from an inspiring summit in Atlanta, hosted by the Black Women’s Leadership Council. The council started as an employee-driven organization within the Xerox Corporation back in the mid-1980s. It has since expanded to include membership to all ...

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Cubicle cops become bad guys without context

A friend of mine recently shared a story about a trend in some of the emails coming from her office manager. For the last nine months, Frankie, whom she describes as one of the most likable, friendly and helpful office managers you could hope to work with, has started to sound kind of militant about tidiness.

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Companies win when they focus on retirement savings

Gas prices inched up at the start of June to $3.79 a gallon in Idaho, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. When considering whether to put extra dollars into their gas tank or into their 401(k), many individuals and families think they ...

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Give everyone a fair shot at being recognized

Attraction and retention are top of mind for company leaders. As unemployment falls, new opportunities present themselves to an organization’s best and brightest. One way your company can ignite new enthusiasm in the workplace is through an employee recognition program. ...

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Navigating the fog of health care reform

Last month, a group of employers asked me to talk them through what they need to think about when communicating to employees about health care reform. Members of the Employers Health Coalition of Idaho are a thoughtful group who want ...

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