___________________________________________________________________________________ ____
August 2019

We would like to thank you for subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter and trust that you are finding the content to be of value.

If you are a new subscriber, welcome! Here's what to expect: every month you will receive our e-newsletter with quality content, actionable advice, and notification of important compliance deadlines. You'll also find career opportunities available with area employers. 

Have additional HR questions?  Join 100 + clients who k eep our  HR Hotline  advisors on their speed dial: 877-894-0202.


  Lynette Weatherford, 

   Contact us at  info@hradvantageweb.net
or 877-894-0202 
August Contents
  • IRS Allows Health Plans to Cover More Treatments
  • SHRM Statement on U.S. Passage of Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
  • Happy Work Anniversary, Candida!
  • Kansas City, MO Bans Salary History Inquiries
  • EEO-1 Reporting Period / Latest Advice

Career Opportunities: Sales, Marketing, Administrative, Project Management, Payroll, & Accounting

IRS Allows Health Plans to Cover More 
Treatments Before Deductible is Met
By Stephen Miller

The Treasury Department  and IRS added treatments for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive-care benefits for which a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can pay-even if a plan enrollee's health care spending hasn't surpassed the plan deductible-without running afoul of the rules allowing pretax contributions to health savings accounts (HSAs).

Medical care, including prescription drugs, for certain chronic conditions will now be classified as preventive care for someone diagnosed with that condition.  This rule immediately took effect.  Any medical care previously recognized as preventive care under IRS rules is still treated as preventive care.

The new guidance adds to the types of medical care that now can be treated as "preventive" 14 cost-effective items or services likely to prevent the worsening of a chronic condition or the development of a secondary condition that would require more costly treatment.  Read more.

Source:  SHRM

SHRM Statement on U.S. House Passage of Fairness for
High-Skilled Immigrants Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1044, the bipartisan Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. SHRM - the Society for Human Resource Management - has supported this initiative since 2011, reiterating its support in a letter to congressional leaders.

Source: SHRM

Happy Work Anniversary, Candida!

We would like to recognize Candida Arvizu for her four-year anniversary as Human Resource Advisor with HR Advantage!

Candida's areas of expertise include addressing small business challenges, wage and hour law, FMLA administration, training, leadership, and group processes.

She helps solve problems people care about in organizations, through tactical solutions as well as strategic HR planning. With a uniquely client-centered approach, Candida has a passion for enabling business leaders to more effectively engage and motivate talent.

Thank you for all that you do, Candida. We are lucky 
to  have you on the HRA team!

Legal Alert

Kansas City, MO Employers Banned from 
Salary  History Inquiries

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the KCMO City Council unanimously passed ordinance no. 190380, joining an increasing number of state and local jurisdictions prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant's salary history during the hiring process. The ordinance will go into effect October 31, 2019.  Kansas City's ordinance means:
  • Salary history cannot be considered when offering an applicant a job opportunity or determining the applicant's compensation and benefits.
  • Public record searches and direct questioning of the applicant and/or former employers are prohibited.

There are several exceptions to the prohibition, including when an applicant voluntarily discloses salary history.


   Source: Husch Blackwell

EEO-1 Reporting Period (June 1 - August 31)

Notice of Immediate Reinstatement of Revised EEO-1:  Pay Data Collection for Calendar Years 2017 and 2018

EEO-1 Component 2 reporting and recent developments:  
EEO-1 filers should begin preparing to submit Component 2 data for calendar year 2017, in addition to data for calendar year 2018, by September 30, 2019. The EEOC is collecting EEO-1 Component 2 data for calendar years 2017 and 2018 now. The survey is open.  Please visit the EEO-1 website for general information.

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT TO WATCH: A federal judge has reinstated the revised EEO-1 form's pay-data reporting requirements, which were suspended in 2017 by President Donald Trump's administration. The controversial provisions require covered employees to report pay information by race, ethnicity and sex, but the mandate's effective date wasn't clear.  Although the reinstatement is currently under appeal, employers should collect EEO-1 compensation data for 2017 and 2018, and submit Component 2 data by the September 30, 2019 deadlineClick here for more insight on this development.

Career Opportunities
HR Advantage offers executive recruitment of candidates in C-Suite, Sales, and Administrative positions for our clients. Our firm offers concierge services to both the employer and candidates, helping to assure the perfect match. Additionally, we have a database of thoroughly vetted, qualified candidates who are ready to begin working today.   Click on the open positions below to learn more.

Full Time / Starting at $16 hourly
Springfield, MO

Competitive Base Pay + Commission
Warsaw, MO

Full Time / $15.00 hourly
Warsaw, MO

Base Salary + Commission
Kansas City Area

$17.30 hourly
Kansas City Area (Lee's Summit, Missouri)

$45k-65k per year
Springfield, MO

$36K-$48K per year
Springfield, MO

All placement fees are  paid by the employers.  No fee is ever charged to an applicant.

Submit resume/credentials confidentially to  info@hradvantageweb.net.

Have an HR Need?

HR Advantage helps companies with their human resources needs. If you are seeking HR assistance please fill out our brief survey  here .

We value your feedback.  If we've helped your company with an HR problem or issue, leave us a review.
Every Wednesday on HRA Social Media
Follow us on social media for weekly HR tips and other important HR updates! Click the icons above to visit our pages.

HR Advantage
Follow us on Twitter      View our profile on LinkedIn
Follow us on social  media!

To learn more about   HRA's  services   click below: 

Benefits & Compensation Analysis

Employee Engagement Surveys

Employee  Policy Manuals 


Meet Our Advisors

Candida Arvizu 
HR Advisor
877.894.0202 ext. 1

Karla Callaway, BS
HR Recruiter 
877.894.0202 ext. 2

  Grace Childs    
  Admin. Services

Elizabeth Hurst,  MBA, BA
Business Development Manager
877.894.0202 ext. 5

Camille Knowles
HR Advisor
877.894.0202 ext. 3

Lynette Weatherford 
Click to send email
887.894.0202 ext. 4