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February 2019
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Ask the Experts

Question: A terminated employee took COBRA for the health FSA. Can he stop making after-tax COBRA contributions after three months, then just keep paying the 2 percent admin fee and continue accessing the account? Or does he have to make full contributions in order to use it, even on COBRA?

Answer: Health flexible spending account (HFSA) coverage terminates if the employee ceases to contribute. That means that eligible expenses that are incurred after the termination date are not eligible for reimbursement. Expenses that were incurred while participating, but before the termination date, are eligible and can be submitted for reimbursement during the plan’s claim filing period.

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HR Hot Topics
Information overload
Know What You Need to Know

We are all drinking from a firehose of news and information. With this deluge of information, it can be difficult to determine what’s truly important to know. Paying attention to the right information at the right time and setting the rest aside – knowing what you need to know – is essential to anticipating and understanding risk.

SCOTUS is Back in Session

The U.S. Supreme Court has reconvened and that means ThinkHR’s employment law experts will tell you what you need to know about how its decisions affect employers. First up: How the decision in New Prime impacts arbitration agreements and precedent it may set for interpreting other long-standing laws.

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Product Focus: State Harassment Training and Tools

As states adopt their own unique rules for sexual harassment policies and training, it’s harder than ever to stay compliant with the patchwork of regulations. Further, some state harassment laws require companies outside the state to be compliant in some circumstances. Reduce your risk with ThinkHR’s newest product enhancement, Risk Management: California Discrimination and Harassment and Risk Management: New York Discrimination and Harassment.

Both tools include quick links to state-specific handbook policies, access to compliant Spanish and English training programs for employees and managers, and other resources. Additional states will be added as necessary.

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Webinar World
How Your People and Practices Impact Cyber Risks
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. Pacific

When it comes to cybersecurity, cybercriminals aren’t the only people you need to defend your company against. Your employees, consultants, and contractors, well-intentioned and not, are among the most critical risks you need to address as you develop your cybersecurity defense plan.

Join security expert Michael Osterman to learn about risk exposures you likely haven’t considered and the policies and procedures you need to implement to protect your business from data breaches, phishing scams, the loss of critical information, lawsuits, and possible regulatory fines.

This webinar is eligible for SHRM and HRCI credit.

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Focus On: Wage and Hour
Minimum wage

Eighteen states started 2019 off with new minimum wages, and the end to the government shutdown increases the odds the Department of Labor will stay on track with its anticipated March 2019 announcement on overtime exemption revisions. These are just some of the many wage and hour issues you can count on ThinkHR to keep you up to speed on. Check out resources such as:

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