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Leading Trends for Developing a Mobile Workplace

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Randstad Sourceright has revealed its findings on how employers are facing the challenge of recruiting today’s candidates, who are connected like never before and have more control over how, when and where they work. Drawing from its signature research, “The Randstad Sourceright 2015 Talent Trends Report,” the company shares insights on how employers can effectively recruit the mobile-enabled, on-demand workforce to meet their organizational objectives.

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Paid Sick Leave Epidemic: What Workplaces Need to Know

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Currently, there is no federal law that requires private sector employers to provide paid or unpaid sick leave, explains a new XpertHR report, available as a free download here. Without federal legislation in place, however, several states and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands by creating their own paid sick leave laws to protect employees who may otherwise be forced to choose between going to work sick or losing pay and, in some cases, their jobs.

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1 in 4 Employers Offering Health Benefits Could Be Affected by the Cadillac Tax in 2018

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Share of Potentially-Affected Employers Could Grow to 30% in 2023, 42% in 2028, Analysis Finds New projections from the Kaiser Family Foundation estimate that one in four employers (26%) offering health benefits could be subject to the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health plans, also known as the “Cadillac plan” tax, in 2018 unless they make changes to their plans.

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Employers Split on the Impact that Carrier Consolidation Will Have on Their Health Strategies

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In the wake of the proposed Aetna and Humana merger, a new pulse survey from Aon reveals that companies have varying opinions on the impact that existing and future health insurer consolidation will have on their organization’s health and benefits strategy.  Aon is a leading global provider of risk management, insurance brokerage and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Through its more than 69,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative risk and people solutions. On July 8, Aon conducted a brief pulse survey of approximately 100 companies to gauge their initial reactions to current and future carrier consolidation. Twenty-one percent said carrier consolidation will provide greater cost efficiencies that will be reflected in better cost management. Forty-six percent, however, believe it will result in fewer health plan options for them and their employees. One-third said it will not greatly impact their organization or employees.

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Learning and Development Spending Soars Again as Organizations Invest to Close Skill Gaps

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Overall training spending surges 10 percent; many learning organizations shift their focus to better address the needs of the business and learners. To address the ever-widening talent gap in a job market where organizations compete heavily for skilled talent, overall spending on learning and development (L&D) rose 10 percent to $1,004 per employee in 2014, according to new research from Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. The 2014 findings mark the fifth consecutive year increase and appear in Bersin by Deloitte’s new industry study, “The Corporate Learning Factbook 2015: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market.”

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First Day Follies: More Than Half of Workers Have Experienced Mishaps When Starting a New Job

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It’s important for new employees to make a good first impression, but many companies don’t realize they also need to put their best foot forward, recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. More than half (54 percent) of workers interviewed said they’ve experienced at least one mishap when starting a new job. For one-third (33 percent) of those surveyed, their computer, phone or security access wasn’t properly set up when they arrived. Another 22 percent said necessary supplies were not provided at the outset.

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New Research Highlights Need to Give Employees a Voice in 401(k) Education

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The vast majority of employees would choose one-on-one training over classroom-style learning for guidance in setting up their 401k accounts, according to the results of the survey released by the retirement planning company PlanVision. “The data quickly revealed that employees are looking for personalized, one-on-one guidance,” said PlanVision founder Mark Zoril. “An overwhelming majority wanted help choosing investments during the enrollment process.”

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Employee Engagement Study Reveals How Bosses Can Become Workplace Heroes

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When Striving for Work-Life Balance, Workers Often Need Bosses to Come to the Rescue. Employees’ ongoing struggle to balance work with time off is significantly impacted by their boss, according to Randstad US’ latest Employee Engagement Study. Randstad’s survey found more than one-third of U.S. employees (39%) don’t believe their bosses encourage them to take allotted vacation days, and almost half (45%) say their bosses don’t help them disconnect from work while on vacation.

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Benefits Remain a Key Tool for Retention and Recruitment

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In spite of major changes in the health care landscape, small-business owners looking to recruit and retain top employees still need to pay close attention to their benefits offerings. According to the 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report for Small Businesses released today by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, a majority of workers employed in small businesses are willing to consider a job with slightly lower pay but better benefits, while half of potential job-changers say improving their benefits package could keep them right where they are.

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IRS Issues New Reporting Guidance for Applicable Large Employers

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Some of the provisions of the health care law apply only to applicable large employers, which is generally those with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees. The law requires ALEs to file information returns in 2016 with the IRS and provide statements to their full-time employees about the health insurance coverage the employer offered. Monthly Tracking To prepare for the reporting requirements in 2016, applicable large employers should be tracking information each month of 2015, including: Whether you offered full-time employees and their dependents minimum essential coverage that meets the minimum value requirements and is affordable. Whether your employees enrolled in the self-insured minimum essential coverage you offered. Annual Information Reporting The first statements to employees must be provided by January 31, 2016, and the first information returns to the IRS must be filed by February 28, 2016, or March 31, 2016, if filed electronically. ALE members must file Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, and Form 1094-C, Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns, with the IRS annually, no later than February 28 – March 31 if filed electronically – of the year immediately following the calendar year to which the return relates. ALE …

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