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Rules finalized to expand association health plans

06/22/18 at 06:42 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The Trump administration has rolled out a final rule on association health plans -- a rule supporters say will allow more small businesses to access affordable health insurance. The rule comes months after President Trump and the Department of Labor proposed changes that allow consumers, employer groups, and contractors to sponsor AHPs.

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IRS will accept returns without Obamacare form

02/24/17 at 03:37 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The IRS won’t reject taxpayers’ 2016 income tax returns with missing healthcare information, but employers this year will be held to the same Obamacare reporting rules as last year. The IRS’ decision applies only to personal income tax filing. Also, penalties for noncompliance are still in place and will be enforced.

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Drop seen in small businesses offering health coverage

11/17/15 at 01:51 PM | by Will Temby
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Is your company struggling to provide health insurance? If so, you’re probably not alone. A survey of 800 small businesses found that while larger employers generally have integrated the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into their benefits packages, smaller firms are having trouble doing so.

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Cutting hours to avoid Obamacare

03/31/15 at 08:52 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

According to a new survey of nearly 750 HR professionals, about one in five U.S. employers either have reduced hours for workers they consider to be part-time, or will do so, in response to requirements of the law.

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House votes to redefine full-time worker under ACA

04/07/14 at 07:16 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Did you know that, under the Affordable Care Act, an employee is considered to be a full-time worker if they work just 30 hours a week? 

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7 issues for businesses to watch from State of the Union

01/31/14 at 01:31 PM | by Will Temby

In his State of the Union Address to Congress, President Barack Obama discussed a number of policy initiatives that could have a significant impact on small employers. Here are the issues to watch.

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Apprentice Personnel announces Tim Williams as General Manager

11/22/13 at 10:17 AM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Tim Williams grew up in his family’s staffing business and is now helping to drive new growth as the general manager of the Kansas City office of Apprentice Personnel.

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5 things to know about Obamacare

10/07/13 at 06:23 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Call it the Affordable Care Act. Call it Obamacare. Either way, those exchanges, or marketplaces, you’ve been hearing about are now open for business. Temporary and contract workers typically need health insurance, so here’s a Q&A that tells you what you need to know about the nation's new health care law.

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Fraud in your company's health plan

09/08/13 at 06:21 AM | by Will Temby

As if employers needed it, here’s one more reason for anyone worried about Obamacare to worry a bit more: University researchers have produced a study concluding that the popularity of dependent verification programs “may well diminish” thanks to the dependent coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Will ACA mean longer absences from the job?

08/22/13 at 09:52 PM | by Will Temby

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is about to be fully implemented and, unfortunately, many employers may be overlooking the law’s implications for employees’ attendance at work. 

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Understanding the delay in ACA employer mandate

07/08/13 at 06:01 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

You’ve no doubt heard about the one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act employer mandate. Here are a few answers to questions we’ve been hearing from our customers since the big news.

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Staffing under ObamaCare

05/17/13 at 09:14 AM | by Will Temby

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has important implications for employers who use temporary staffing to help fill their workforce needs.

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Economist pegs 2017 construction growth at 5 percent

The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook sees total U.S. construction starts for 2017 advancing 5 percent to $713 billion, following increases of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent this year. Read more arrow

Robust jobs report eases worry over economic growth

The U.S. labor market in July capped off the best two-month stretch of hiring so far this year, a sign of strength for an economy that has been showing mixed growth signals in recent months. Read more arrow

U.S. growth and employment data tell different stories

Measured by traditional yardsticks for growth, like gross domestic product, the American economy definitely looks weak. View it through the prism of hiring and employment, however, and the economy seems surprisingly strong. Read more arrow

Labor Department clarifies employment guidelines 

The Labor Department has waded deeper into the contentious issue of joint employment, seeking to clarify who is accountable for violations of employment laws when two different entities, like a manufacturer and a staffing agency, both have ties to the same worker. Read more arrow

 
Prepare for the great moderation in U.S. job growth

An increasing number of Wall Street economists and those inside the Federal Reserve are concluding that job growth is bound to shift into a lower gear as the aging population drags on the amount of available labor. Read more arrow


Weakness and strength: 7 snapshots of the U.S. job market

Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September, the government said Friday. And the average job gain for each of the past three months — 167,000 — is well below the 231,000 average for the previous three. Read more arrow

Housing, construction may be able to improve U.S. jobs picture 

Even though Friday’s lackluster U.S. jobs report proved a disappointment, the growth in construction and housing jobs might be able to pull the U.S. economy through this rough patch. Read more arrow

Kansas employment stats create muddled picture

The data on employment in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas are behaving in puzzling ways, making it unclear whether their employment pictures are getting better or worse, according to an economist at Wichita State University. Read more arrow

NLRB will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer

The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising, and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today's "fissured" economy. Read more arrow 

 
Should Americans work more? 

While the average American workweek is already longer than in most high-income countries, the Irish and the South Koreans show it’s possible for an advanced country’s workers to put in more hours than we do. Read more arrow 

Labor Department expected to make millions more eligible for OT

Millions of Americans who work in excess of 40 hours a week will qualify for overtime pay under a proposed Labor Department rule. Read more arrow

 
Nailed it: Construction employment helps fuel economy

April was the best month for construction employment since January 2014, U.S. Labor Department figures showed — and not just for job creation. Unemployment among construction workers fell to its lowest level since 2006. Read more arrow

Despite hiring efforts, veterans face employment obstacles and civilian disconnect

A new report says that vets have trouble finding and keeping jobs and that civilian employers struggle to understand them. Read more arrow

 
Apartment construction a booming business nationwide

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, apartment vacancies nationwide hit their lowest point in two decades in the last quarter of 2014: 4.8 percent. The low vacancy rate has led to sky high rents and an explosion of apartment construction that so far cannot keep pace with demand. Read more arrow


Trade plan hopes to grow Wichita exports by more than $1 billion

The Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan aims to raise Wichita area exports by $1.1 billion over five years. Such a boost in sales would translate into roughly 6,000 more jobs, according to federal estimates. Read more arrow

The worst mistakes job seekers are still making

In today’s job market, applicants have enough challenges without worrying they’ve made a wrong move bad enough to cost them the position. There are all kinds of theories out there about which blunders are the absolute worst. Read more arrow

Companies face new rules on labor practices

President Obama will sign an executive order that could make it harder for companies that violate wage, labor and anti-discrimination laws to win federal contracts. Read more arrow