July/August 2017 Newsletter
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Welcome to HR Knowledge's July/August 2017 Newsletter! It's not too late to sign up for our Summer Webinar Series on the HR Life Cycle. Join us for three sessions on hiring, coaching, and terminations. We hope to see you there, click here to register now!

Please note our modified hours of operation for the summer: on Fridays from July 7 through September 1, we will close at 2:30 PM.

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Join HR Knowledge and TASC for a seminar on ERISA and Health Care Reform

A number of critical issues will be covered including minimum reporting, disclosure requirements, and the impact of non-compliance under ERISA. Join us on September 12 to learn how these can impact your business.

Register today!
Our Next HR Boot Camp Seminar - September 29

HR Management Basics Training ("HR Boot Camp") is a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of effective human resource management and principles for those new to HR and non-HR professionals (business owners, managers, and front-line supervisors) who have HR related responsibilities.

Need HRCI or SHRM recertification credit? Our HR Boot Camp program offers 4 credit hours for each!
HR Knowledge Sponsors MIT Sloan CFO Summit

HR Knowledge is proud to announce our 15th annual sponsorship of the MIT Sloan CFO Summit that will take place November 16, 2017, at the Boston Marriott Newton.

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Ask HR Knowledge

Have questions about implementing summer policies in your workplace, or paying summer interns? Our Summer Series Ask HR Knowledge posts will answer your questions.

Should we conduct an HR Assessment?
New I-9 Form Released

The latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, was released on July 17 by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 through September 17 of this year. Beginning September 18, however, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9s.

IRS Releases HSA Contribution Maximums for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Revenue Procedure 2017-37, which adjusts the limits on contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for 2018 based on inflation.

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OSHA Delays Implementation of Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that they will indefinitely delay the previously scheduled July 1, 2017, due date regarding electronic information submission of the Form 300A. The electronic recordkeeping requirement, known as the "Final Rule," includes provisions for certain employers to electronically submit workplace injury and illness data that they are already required to record on forms they keep on-site.
Recent Updates to Massachusetts CORI Regulations

As part of continued reform efforts by Governor Charlie Baker, revisions to the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) process have been issued for 2017. These revisions affect both private and public employers, such as schools and long-term care facilities, which are required by law to obtain CORI information. A CORI report is a record of an individual's criminal court appearances in Massachusetts, including arrests, convictions, dismissals, and serious violations.

Chicago and Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Becomes Effective July 1 

Chicago and Cook County, Illinois have enacted separate ordinances for employers to provide paid sick leave to covered employees. The two ordinances mirror each other with the primary difference being the geographical area. 

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What Employers Need to Know About New York's Paid Family Leave

Beginning January 1, 2018 New York will join ranks with California, New Jersey and Rhode Island as the only states in the nation to institute a Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefit. When the benefit is fully phased-in, New York will have the most comprehensive and robust Paid Family Leave program in the U.S. to date. 

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Washington DC Passes One of Country's Most Generous Paid Sick Leave Laws

On April 7, 2017, Washington, DC passed one of the more robust paid parental leave laws in the nation. In doing so, it joins a growing number of cities and states, including San Francisco and New York, to pass legislation aimed at increasing paid leave to employees. Only 12% of American workers are offered paid leave through their employers.

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What is the Massachusetts M-4 Form and do we need to collect it from all employees?

At what point during the hiring process should I run a background check on prospective employees?

Perk of the Month!
HR Knowledge offers our clients' employees discounted movie tickets, which may be purchased through our website. We offer tickets for National Amusements and Regal theaters.

Please email  our perks department for additional information. 

If you or someone you know is seeking employment then you're in the right place! HR Knowledge not only is seeking qualified and talented people to join our staff but also for our clients. Please view our current job openings including the following: 

Office Manager (Framingham, MA)
HR Manager (Boston, MA)
Universal Banker (Part-Time) (Bridgewater, MA)
and more!

HR Knowledge Wellness Update

Stress in the workplace can cost you time and money in productivity, and can be detrimental to your health. We have prepared a guide with different techniques to help you and your team mitigate their work stress.
HR Knowledge Benefits News

Are you taking full advantage of your Health Savings Account? Learn more about the what your HSA offers with our infographic.

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About HR Knowledge, Inc. 

Founded in 2001, HR Knowledge, Inc. is a privately funded company providing integrated outsourced HR services tailored to our clients' needs. Our full array of offerings includes managed payroll, employee benefits administration, and HR consulting and support services, such as training, compliance, custom-built software solutions, and Hiring Process Managementâ„¢, our comprehensive recruitment service that takes you from finding to onboarding new talent. Our major markets are fast-growing small- and medium-sized businesses, many of which are venture-capital-backed; foreign companies expanding into the states; and charter schools.  Partnering with HR Knowledge can reduce your administrative costs, minimize your legal risk, help you find and develop talent, and alleviate the HR burden so that you can focus on your core business.