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Informed Employer: Oops!...They Did It Again – Recent Visa Bulletin Revisions Affect Green Card Filing Timeline

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Congress Approves Bill to Ease Health Law Rules for Small Biz
Congress approved bipartisan legislation aimed at preventing premium increases that some smaller businesses were expecting next year under President Barack Obama's health care law. The measure, which Obama is expected to sign, represents an uncommon instance in which both parties have rallied behind an effort to revamp part of Obama's signature health care overhaul.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-10-01) Read the full article
At Least 29 States Move to Expand Retirement Savings Programs
At least 29 states have made efforts in recent years to expand retirement savings program coverage for private sector workers, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The state initiatives are for private sector workers who have no access to a retirement savings plan at their place of employment.
(Source: InsuranceNewsNet, 2015-10-01) Read the full article
Employers Taking Action to Avoid ACA's 'Cadillac Tax'
Employers are taking steps to determine whether they will trigger the Affordable Care Act's "Cadillac tax" and then, most commonly, taking actions to avoid the tax, according to a survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists. The so-called "Cadillac tax," part of the Affordable Care Act, is a 40 percent excise tax on employers that offer high-cost health plans to their employees.
(Source: Staffing Industry, 2015-10-02) Read the full article
NLRB Free Speech Case Against Quicken Could Set Precedent
The National Labor Relations Board says mortgage giant Quicken Loans overly restricts its employees' free speech and filed a complaint that could have long-ranging effects on what workers are allowed to say about their companies on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Quicken has denied that its work rules spelled out in an employee handbook are overly restrictive.
(Source: Detroit Free Press, 2015-09-27) Read the full article
More IT Workers Filing Lawsuits Over H-1B Discrimination
Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers.
(Source: Computerworld, 2015-10-01) Read the full article
Privacy Concerns Abound as Workplace Wellness Efforts Boom
As more employers grasp wellness as the latest promised solution to soaring health costs, they're pressuring workers to give unfamiliar companies detailed data about the most sensitive parts of their lives. But whether or not that information stays private is anything but clear, an examination by Kaiser Health News shows.
(Source: Kaiser Health News, 2015-09-30) Read the full article
Tech Industry Addresses Lack of Women in Workforce
Tech companies have among the lowest participation of women of any industry, according to new data from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. The tech industry is aware of the problem.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2015-09-30) Read the full article
More Companies Doing Away with Annual Performance Reviews
An increasing number of companies -- including Accenture, GE, Microsoft, CIGNA, The Gap and Deloitte -- have decided to overthrow the annual review in favor of monthly, bi-weekly or even "on demand" conversations between managers and employees. And 46 percent of companies have said they plan to make a significant change to their review process next year, according to CEB, a firm that advises corporations on best practices.
(Source:, 2015-09-25) Read the full article
Oops!...They Did It Again – Recent Visa Bulletin Revisions Affect Green Card Filing Timeline
Christl Glier

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State published a visa bulletin confirming that as of October 1, new procedures would allow some foreign nationals to file green card applications several years earlier than expected. Green card applicants with pending applications are eligible for additional benefits, including temporary employment authorization and international travel permission, so this announcement was celebrated by many. Just over two weeks later and mere days before the October 1 filing window was set to open, however, the Department of State published a revised bulletin drastically changing the filing timeline for some categories and dashing the hopes of many foreign nationals who believed they were one step closer to permanent residence.

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Seminar: Discovering the Human in Human Resources

Personal situations your employees face can result in unique workplace challenges, and we believe that stronger workplaces can be created by better understanding these outside stressors. Join us as we discuss employers' role in addressing issues impacting employees in the workplace and discover connections to community resources.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
  • 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Ice Miller LLP - Indianapolis

For more information and to register, click here.


Ohio Minimum Wage to Stay the Same in 2016

On September 30, 2015, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced that based upon the Ohio Constitutional provisions regarding minimum wage, the 2016 minimum wage will remain unchanged at $8.10 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.05 per hour for tipped employees. Of course, tipped employees must receive enough in tips to make up the difference between $4.05 and $8.10 in order for an employer to apply a tip credit. While that may sound like good news for employers, particularly those in the food service industry where many employees receive a large portion of their total earnings in tips, what might not be as good news is that the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12 month period ending August 31, 2015 showed a deflationary decrease of 0.3%.

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