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NLRB changes definition of “independent contractor”

February 4, 2019

Mark Your Calendar New Members By broadening the standard for who is considered an independent contractor under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reduced the number of individuals who may unionize or bring unfair labor practice charges. Unlike employees, independent contractors are not protected by the act. In…

EEOC, Department of Justice strengthen anti-harassment policies

January 28, 2019

Mark Your Calendar New Members On Dec. 21, the U.S. Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address and prevent workplace harassment within state and local government sectors. It is crucial that all employers, public or private understand its contents. With the signing of this…

7 Policies You Should Update in your Employee Handbook for 2019

January 21, 2019

Mark Your Calendar New Members Handbooks are a key asset for communicating company policies and promoting fairness and consistency in the workplace, and ever-evolving federal, state and local laws make routinely reviewing and updating handbooks critical for employers. 2018 proved to be a busy year, particularly at the state and local levels as new and…

Leadership Training Needed More Than Ever

January 14, 2019

Mark Your Calendar New Members Many of us in our everyday life bear witness to people in positions of authority and influence that do not present the characteristics and integrity to inspire and motivate those they wish to follow them. In a world where there is so much division, where so many are uninterested in meaningful compromise,…

New text club to communicate advocacy efforts and other news

January 7, 2019

Mark Your Calendar New Members As way to extend its message about advocacy efforts being made on behalf of its members, as well as other news about benefits and events, The Chamber has started a new text club. There will be two distribution groups from which members can choose to receive alerts: Advocacy: This distribution group…

Chamber announces 2019 Policy Agenda

December 31, 2018

Mark Your Calendar New Members More than ever before, The Chamber is committed to fulfilling its  role as the leading voice OF and FOR business, promoting and influencing pro-business, pro-growth policies and procedures, and opposing those that are not. On its members’ behalf, The Chamber tracks local, state, and federal legislation, informing businesses how it…

IRS Approves Request for 401(k) Plan-Related Student Loan Benefit Program

December 27, 2018

Mark Your Calendar New Members Most employers today offer employees retirement plans allowing pretax contributions, such as 401(k) Plans, and have been looking for ways to assist their employees with addressing student loan debt.  Under this proposal, employers are permitted to make a nonelective contribution to employees’ defined contribution plans, such as a 401(k). For more information, click…

Vision Casting: Steps for Implementing a Company Vision

December 24, 2018

Mark Your Calendar New Members Sharing your company’s vision with employees can help achieve long-term goals and advance the health of a company. Focusing on three aspects of vision casting can benefit your employees and your organization. For more on this article provided by Paycom, click on the link below.

IRS makes changes to Form 1099-R

December 17, 2018

Mark Your Calendar New Members The IRS released an updated 2018 Form 1099-R, “Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-sharing Plans, IRAs, and Insurance Contracts” and related 2018 guidance for the form. Updates reflect changes implemented from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. See more information at the link below, provided by Sikich.

These 15 Behaviors Will Make You Almost Irreplaceable At Your Workplace

December 10, 2018

Mark Your Calendar New Members It is not the technology, the product, or the process that makes a company great.  It is the people behind that great solution.  This article from Forbes describes the 15 behaviors that will make you almost irreplaceable at your workplace.

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