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January 26, 2016

2016 Expected to be “Bumpy Ride” for Employers

Last week, Lexology released their list of the five most important labor law developments for 2016. This list includes the National Labor Relation Board’s new joint employer standard and new rules on temporary employees, as well as changes to the Department of Labor’s Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. Employers should familiarize themselves with this list to determine what actions are necessary for their business.

Cyberbullying Present in 50% of Businesses, Training is a Tool to Address

According to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, almost half of all businesses surveyed reported incidents of workplace bullying. Bloomberg BNA says that businesses should have cyberbullying policies in place, but will need to be careful to ensure these policies do not violate the National Labor Relations Act. Bloomberg BNA suggests that “employers provide training to staff and management to address harassment and should take prompt action when complaints are received”.

Evolving Workplace Culture Trends

Gallup’s State of the Workplace surveys continue to show low levels of employee engagement, with 70% of the American workforce indicating that they are disengaged at work. Forbes reports that many businesses are shifting their cultures in an effort to re-engage their workforce. These changes include focusing on helping employees become more resilient to stress versus completely alleviating it, as well as implementing flexible work arrangements for their employees in an effort to increase job satisfaction.

 

FAQ: NYC Earned Sick Time Act

On January 6, 2016, the agency responsible for enforcing the NYC Earned Sick Time Act, the City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), released Frequently Asked Questions updates with the goal of clarifying a number of requirements under the Act. Employers should review the FAQ’s to ensure that they are in compliance. 
 

 

ACA 1094/1095 Filing Deadlines Extended

On December 28, 2015, the IRS announced that it is extending the distribution and filing deadlines for the new 1094/1095 forms tied to Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance. The delivery deadline for 1095 forms has now been extended to March 31, 2016. The manual filing deadline for the 1094 form has been extended to May 31, 2016, and the electronic filing deadline for form 1094 has been extended to June 30, 2016.
 
It is recommended that employers check with their ACA filing partners to determine the effect these deadline changes may or may not have on their filing timeline, as well as are advised to inform employees slated to receive these forms of the delay. 
 

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