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VEVRAA New Benchmark Effective 3/31/19

The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), has updated its hiring benchmark to 5.9% effective 3/31/19.The benchmarking percentage chart is updated annually to be used by contractors who choose to set a VEVRAA hiring benchmark using the national...

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Addressing Absenteeism in Your Workforce

A client recently contacted us and wanted to discuss employee absenteeism. The client, a government contractor, had experienced a recent surge in employee absenteeism (for various reasons such as PTO, sick leave, call off’s, LWOP, etc.). Although the...

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Is Telecommuting The Key To An Improved Workforce?

Recently “Emily”, an HR Manager at one of C2’s government contracting clients implemented an anonymous “suggestion box” to obtain employees’ ideas on how to enhance the company’s benefit offerings.  She discovered that a majority of respondents wanted the option to...

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Workplace Violence – Is Your Company Prepared?

Workplace violence is a major concern for both employers and employees. Not only does it adversely affect the victims of violence, but it can undermine employee morale, cause good employees to leave, adversely impact employee performance, and even negatively affect...

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State Minimum Wage Increases Effective 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, unless otherwise noted, the following states have made increases to their minimum wage rates: Alaska: Minimum wage will rise to $9.84 per hour. Arizona: Minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour. Flagg Staff minimum wage will rise to $11.00...

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2018 Retirement Plan Limit Changes

The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost of living updates for tax year 2018. Highlights of the notices include: The elective deferral or contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government's Thrift...

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SCA Contract Administration Reminders

On July 25, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor announced an increase to the prevailing health and welfare fringe benefit rate under the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA).  The rate increased to $4.41 per hour. For existing contracts, government contractors...

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Rhode Island Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

Rhode Island has passed a paid sick leave law, effective July 1, 2018. Note that the provisions outlined below serve as minimum requirements – employers are permitted to go above what is prescribed by the law. Employers who already have a paid leave program that meets...

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WORKPLACE FRAGRANCES AND THE ADA

Is sensitivity to workplace fragrances or odors a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)? Can an employee really need an accommodation for the way an office smells or for a perfume another employee is wearing? Believe it or not, this was the...

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Medicare Part D Notices

Employers that provide prescription drug benefits are required to notify Medicare-eligible individuals annually as to whether the employer-provided benefit is creditable or non-creditable. Creditable coverage is coverage that is expected to pay, on average, as much as...

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DIVERSITY IN TODAY’S WORKPLACE

Last month, a Director from one of C2’s federal contracting clients called to discuss a conversation she had just had with one of the company’s employees – “John.” John is a U.S. born citizen who practices traditional Islam.  He often wears traditional Islamic...

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