Payroll & HR Alerts June 2016

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May 31, 2016

NCCI Proposes 17.1% Increase to Florida Workers’ Compensation Rates

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has filed a proposed workers’ comp rate increase of +17.1% with the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR).­ If approved by OIR, the rate increase will be effective for new workers’ comp policies on August 1, 2016, and will also apply to all existing policies on a pro rata basis from August 1st through the remainder of the policy term.­ The +17.1% increase is a flat increase and will be applied to each class code across the board.­

NCCI’s request for a rate increase is in response to a recent decision from the Florida Supreme Court invalidating the law capping claimant attorney fees in workers’ comp.­ This attorney fee limitation was a major component of the workers’ comp reforms of 2003 that were responsible for decreasing rates over 60% in Florida.­

OIR will hold a hearing on NCCI’s rate request in July.­ If approved, Florida’s workers’ comp rates will again be among the highest in the southeast.eAlert_Footer

 

Payroll & HR Alert May 2016

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News to Inform and Protect Company Owners

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Per the President’s directive Wage & Hour Will is expected in July to announce that the new Minimum Weekly Salary Rate of For White Collar Exemptions Must WHDBe At Least $970. The other requirements to be exempt are not changing.

It would take an act of Congress to stop it.  W & H is expected to allow companies two months to comply.  The amount will increase each year.

 

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APC is not offering legal advice. Contact your insurance agent.

ADVANCED PAYROLL CONSULTANTS (established 1996)

695 E. MKL. Dr. Ste B * Tarpon Springs, FL. 34689

Chamber of Commerce memberships: North Pinellas, Palm Harbor, Trinity/Odessa

Payroll & HR Alert April 2016

PAYROLL & HR ALERT

News to Inform and Protect Company Owners

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How to Handle Poor Attendance

This was the topic for our 2015 client appreciation seminar. 

  1. Can I fire an employee after the 90 Probation Period for a poor work attendance record and still avoid paying unemployment?
  2. Let’s say you have an employee with a work attendance record that looks something like this, for the past 12 months:
  • Called in sick at least once a week, usually on a Monday or Friday.
  • Left work for illness on 12 other days.
  • Missed work on two days because of a car breakdown.
  • Missed work five other days because he or she was unable to get a babysitter.

Simply firing the employee for excessive absence from work will not keep the person from drawing unemployment from your account.

How do you handle this type of situation to prevent abuse and terminate the employee if abuse continues?

To help prevent abuse: Have work attendance rules in writing so employees know them. Begin disciplinary measures immediately when absences begin. To prevent the employee from drawing unemployment, once he or she is terminated you must be able to prove that the poor work attendance record was willful. In the example above, the employee could argue that the repeated absences were beyond his or her control. Therefore, they were not willful.

Strategy: Meet with the employee. Tell the individual briefly, clearly, and to the point what the attendance and approved absence requirements are for continued employment. Tell the employee that if these requirements are not met — beginning immediately — he or she will be terminated.

Then monitor the employee’s work attendance closely. At the first instance of an unexcused absence for which the employee has no justifiable excuse, terminate the individual. At any fact-finding interviews or hearings that might follow, limit your justification for termination to the immediate instance that caused the termination. Do not recite a long history of absences that the employee could argue were beyond his or her control.

 

APC is not offering legal advice. Contact your insurance agent.

ADVANCED PAYROLL CONSULTANTS (established 1996)

695 E. MKL. Dr. Ste B * Tarpon Springs, FL. 34689

Chamber of Commerce memberships: North Pinellas, Palm Harbor, Trinity/Odessa