The ETC HR and Compliance Blog

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Question: Should we include detailed travel duties and working hours in our job description, or should we keep it more general? Answer: A position requiring a high volume of business travel or unusual work hours should have that detail included in the job description. Without that,...

Question:  An employee is on a six-week unpaid leave of absence. During her leave, the business has undergone several changes and her previous role no longer exists. We do have a different position for her upon her return, but we’re not sure how to address...

Question:   Our company sometimes reimburses new employees for their moving expenses when they relocate to join the company. Now that there is no deduction for moving expenses, can we still reimburse moving expenses? Answer: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended the moving expense deduction for...

"President Trump is expanding affordable health coverage options for America’s small businesses and their employees. Many of our laws make healthcare coverage more expensive for small businesses than large companies. Association Health Plans are about more choice, more access, and more coverage."   --- U.S. Secretary...

IRS Proposed Regulations Expand Mandatory Electronic Filing of Information Returns The IRS in May published proposed regulations expanding mandatory electronic filing of most information returns – Form W-2, forms in the 1099 series, Form 1095-B, and Form 1095-C. These proposed regulations would be effective for information...

Purge your health plan of ineligible dependents Eligibility Audits Plan sponsors have a fiduciary duty to administer their health plan in the interest of eligible participants and their eligible dependents. If an employer is providing health plan coverage for non-qualified participants, the employer not only is wasting...

HR Snap Shot Question:  An employee injured off the job would like to return to work, but we’re concerned about her safety and her ability to do the job. How should we proceed? We’re a small employer and not subject to the Family and Medical Leave...