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ThinkHR will be holding an all-company offsite meeting on Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8. During this time, our Live advisor and support teams will be monitoring inquiries and voicemails intermittently and responding to urgent issues only. All other messages will be replied to early the following week. In addition, inquiries submitted to the Live team after 11 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, November 6 will be monitored and replied to intermittently. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Question: Does presenting a termination as a layoff reduce the risk of an unlawful termination claim? We have a new manager who’s not performing well that we want to let go.

Answer: No. In fact, it could create more risk. If the terminated manager saw that you were hiring again for the position you were supposedly eliminating, they’d likely start thinking of reasons you would lie to them about why they were terminated.

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 5. Do you know what provisions, if any, you must make to accommodate your employees’
rights to vote? Time off for voting is not a federal requirement; however, 30 states have voting leave laws impacting the workplace.

There’s a lot of relevant news and information out there to help you do your job, but who has time to comb through it all? The content experts at ThinkHR do! Check out these 10 articles we thought were important enough to pass along over the
past month.

Product Focus: Know Your Benefits

With open enrollment season upon us, it’s imperative to make sure you are up-to-date with the latest benefits regulations. Updated editions of several benefits guides have been posted for 2019–2020, including:

You’ll find them under Resources/Tools/White Papers and also on the Health Care Reform tab.

What about the ACA reporting rules (e.g., 1095-Cs)? The IRS has not released the 2019 forms and instructions yet. We're also still waiting for IRS to announce various 2020 benefit limits (e.g., health FSA limit; 401(k) limits). We’re monitoring it all. We will update materials when IRS provides the info, and let you know on our blog.
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