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2019 FSA Contribution Cap Rises to $2,700, IRS Belatedly Announces

Employees can contribute $2,700 to their health care flexible spending accounts (health FSAs) for 2019, up by $50 from 2018. But for employees who have already completed open enrollment, the IRS's belatted announcement may have come too late.

Fired Employee Claiming Disability Bias Gets Trial

A California appellate court ruled that a systems analyst terminated allegedly for poor performance following a disciplinary probation and suspension was entitled to a trial on her claim of disability discrimination, even though the employer demonstrated a legitimate business reason for the discharge.

Amazon Office Decision Attracts Skeptics, Protests

​It's only been two days since Amazon announced it is splitting its new East Coast command post between New York City and Arlington, Va., yet the welcome mats are already fraying. Politicians and activists in each community are furious that the cities and states dangled more than $2 billion in incentives—such as tax breaks—to hook Amazon.

SHRM Foundation Pledges to Help Prepare Youth for Jobs

​The SHRM Foundation has pledged $155,000 over two years to support the work of Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG), and it has committed to building local networking support for JAG students. JAG is dedicated to helping young people stay in school and get ready for the world of work.

SHRM Leads Conversation on Workplace Issues, Sets Records in Membership

​This year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has seen record growth in membership and will have the highest annual revenue total in its 70-year history, announced SHRM's president and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM-SCP, during the opening general session of the SHRM Volunteer Leaders' Summit.

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals, Account Transfers Might Get Easier

Taking hardship withdrawals from 401(k) plans may soon be easier for plan participants, while plan sponsors could face fewer fiduciary risks when transferring small “left behind” 401(k) accounts to departing employees’ IRAs and their new 401(k) plans.

Free SHRM Foundation Course Teaches HR Professionals About Hiring Veterans

​The SHRM Foundation will offer a new certificate program that teaches best practices to attract, hire and retain veterans. The program is free and open to all HR professionals and offers 10 professional development credits for SHRM certification holders.

Amazon Splits Second Headquarters

Employers in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area better tighten up their compensation game: Amazon said it will start looking next year in those communities for talent to staff its second headquarters. Annual salaries will average $150,000.

Drive Innovation with Psychological Safety

In an economy that rewards agility, innovation and disruption, psychological safety is more important than ever.

3 Wage and Hour Changes Under the Trump Administration

President Donald Trump's administration promised to make changes in wage and hour initiatives and scale back regulations. So what's different after the first two years of Trump's presidency?

HR’s E-Mail Bolstered ADA Claim

A fired worker pointed to an HR professional’s e-mail raising concerns about his health as evidence of discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and a federal district court relied on the e-mail to let the claim advance.

Service Managers’ Overtime Claim May Proceed

A federal district court ruled that an account service manager for Staples Contract & Commercial Inc. could go to trial on her collective-action claim that she and other managers were misclassified as exempt.

Final Rules Expand Exemption from ACA’s Contraceptive Mandate

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued two final rules that exempt certain entities from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) contraceptive mandate if their opposition is based on religious or moral grounds.

Eating Poppy-Seed Bagels and Other Excuses for Failing Workplace Drug Tests

HR professionals have undoubtedly heard a range of claims from job candidates explaining their positive drug-test results. Todd Shoulberg, executive vice president of medical information services at background screening firm ClearStar, recently debunked the most common excuses in a discussion with SHRM Online.

Viewpoint: 3 Unexpected Challenges When Employees Give Notice

Employees give notice all the time. Generally, it's straightforward. But what about those times when it isn't? What if the employee doesn't tell you when his last day will be, or you think he's going to change his mind before his two-week notice period is up? What if you want him to leave now?

Your Career Q&A: Patching Up a Rocky Departure

What's a job applicant to do when his former manager won't return calls confirming his employment history? It may be time to make amends with that former manager, advises career columnist Martin Yate.

EEOC Is Committed to Ending Workplace Harassment

Curbing workplace sexual harassment is an ongoing priority for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to agency leaders.

How Is Artificial Intelligence Changing the Workplace?

A workplace run by artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is not a futuristic concept. Such technology is already a part of the workplace and will continue to shape the labor market. Therefore, employers need to anticipate changes in job functions and be aware of legal pitfalls associated with evolving technology.

OSHA Clarifies When Post-Accident Drug Testing Is Permitted

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clarified its position that post-accident drug testing is not prohibited under the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule. The agency said many employers that conduct post-incident drug testing likely do so to promote workplace safety and health.

SHRM Supports Association Health Plan Rule, Opposes Lawsuit

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has filed a brief supporting a Department of Labor rule that makes it easier for small employers to band together to buy insurance through association health plans.

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