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The OperationsInc Navigator
January 8, 2016
Study Shows Teams Who Dine Together Perform Better

A recent study conducted by Cornell University found that employees who ate lunch or other meals together performed better as a team. Fast Company reports that these findings may be tied to the intimacy of eating, and the fact that this bonding spills over to other activities. The study further reported that when these meals were built into the workday, versus happening during outside traditional work hours, the positive results were most evident.

NLRB Rules in Favor of Whole Foods Employees

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in favor of employees of Whole Food last week, striking down the grocery chain’s policy forbidding employees to take photographs or videos from smartphones while at work. CBS Moneywatch reports that the decision stated that employee videos and photos “are particularly essential to proving an employee’s rights have been violated”.

DOL Says Publishing Firm Must Pay Up to $1.75M in Back Wages for FLSA Violations

This week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a statement surrounding a ruling that a Philadelphia-based publishing firm must pay back wages to employees it failed to pay during bathroom breaks. The DOL has not yet determined the full amount the firm must pay to over 6,000 members of its staff, but estimates the penalty to weigh in at well over $1.75M. The USA Today reports that while the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to offer lunch or coffee breaks, “when employers do offer short breaks (usually lasting 5-to-20 minutes), the law considers these breaks compensable work hours that must be included in the sum of hours for the work week and considered in determining overtime”.


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. 


CT Minimum Wage Increase

In March 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill to raise Connecticut’s minimum wage in three stages. The first increase, to $9.15 per hour, took place on January 1, 2015, and the second went into effect on January 1, 2016, raising the state’s minimum wage to $9.60 per hour. 

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