September 2018
HR & Safety News, Insights, and Updates  
How top Construction Companies Find Workers

The construction industry is having a major talent crunch. Employers are struggling to find and keep employees - and the situation changes daily.  One day your labor is set, the next day a key employee or crew resigns to start a new project closer to their home. When the National Association of Home Builders surveyed young Generation Zs, it found that only 3% were pursuing work in construction.  If your company wants to do better than your competition, you need to think about what your company offers to new hires and employees, besides a competitive wage rate and basic benefits. Here's how top construction companies are successfully recruiting new hires and retaining employees.
EEOC Sues Tampa Dealership for Discrimination

TAMPA, Fla.- Ferman Automotive Group and Cigar City Motors, which owns and operates the Tampa Harley-Davidson dealership and other car and motorcycle dealerships in the Tampa Bay area, violated federal law by failing to promote a female sales manager to numerous vacant general manager positions because of her sex. According to the EEOC, the dealership required her to participate in a "mentorship" program to be eligible for promotion - but male job candidates promoted to the positions did not have the same requirement.  She was passed over nine (9) times for a male candidate.  Read more.
IRS has Issued 300,000 ACA Penalty Letters

Since late 2017, the IRS has sent thousands of proposed penalty letters (called 226J letters ) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to Applicable Large Employers (ALEs).  The letter indicates the proposed assessment of a penalty under the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision (ESRP) of Section 4980H of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These penalty calculations are based on data provided by employers to the IRS on Forms 1094 and 1095. Experts predict that more penalty letters for the 2016 Assessment year will go out this Fall. The IRS has a web page to help you understand these initial penalty 226J letters.
Two Florida Contractors Hit with Big OSHA Fines

St. Augustine, FL In the last 2 weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued big citations against two Florida contractors.  On August 29, OSHA cited Coastal Roofing Inc. for exposing employees to fall and other hazards at a St. Johns, Florida, worksite. The Jacksonville-based roofing company faces $105,283 in proposed penalties.  Read more.
CDL Drivers and Prescription Medication

It's okay for employees to take medication when properly prescribed by a licensed physician, right?  Yes.  But that doesn't always mean they can still legally qualify to drive CMVs.  Florida employers should be aware that certain medications can disqualify a CDL driver.  And trust us on this ... Read our blog post for more
Employees Want Help with Retirement Planning 

Many employers appear to be missing the mark when it comes to helping workers prepare for their golden years.  Just 16 percent of companies are "very confident" that their employees will be financial secure in retirement, but most fail to offer the savings tools that their workers actually want, a new study from the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies shows.  Did you know? Most workers like the idea of workers being automatically enrolled 401(k) plan, just 22 percent of employers do it.  Read more.
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