Have you heard the news? The Employee Management Team has combined forces with Landrum HR. More than 1,800 businesses in 44 states use Landrum HR to manage their human resources needs, and I am thrilled to be a part of their organization. In fact, for five years running, Landrum was named one of the 25 best small and medium companies to work for in America by the society for Human Resources Management.
This merger brings the best of both our products and services together for our customers. Our companies have a lot in common – we care deeply about the success of our clients. Our mission at EMT has been to deliver the highest level of performance and service possible. We are absolutely confident that by joining together with Landrum HR, we will be able to further advance that mission and bring additional benefit to our customers.
Mellisa Redmon, Justine Loehlein, Susan Howard, Larry Lawman and I are always available to you, and look forward to a fantastic 2017!
Employers have a lot to worry about these days. Fortunately, the expiration of the marketplace notice form issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t something else to add to the list.
The form, New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage, comes in two versions: one for employers that offer some sort of health coverage and one for employers that don’t. Both versions of the form expired on Tuesday, January 31.
The DOL hasn’t issued new versions, and with the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in doubt, it’s unclear whether the agency will. Fortunately, employers may continue using the old versions of the forms for now without risk of penalty.
On January 30, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to cut two regulations for every new one issued during the current fiscal year. The move is aimed at alleviating regulatory burdens on both small and large businesses, Trump said while signing the order.
The order applies to more than just “regulations,” defining the term as “an agency statement of general or particular applicability and future effect designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe law or policy or to describe the procedure or practice requirements of an agency.”
On Inauguration Day, Trump froze all pending regulations. He halted all unpublished regulations and extended by 60 days the effective dates of regulations that had been published but had not yet taken effect.
Employers shouldn’t expect regulations identified for elimination to be repealed immediately. Regulatory changes-regardless of whether an agency is adding or removing requirements-require a notice-and-comment period. It’s not just the wave of a pen. It remains to be seen whether and to what extent the specific elements of the two recent actions (extending existing effective dates, applying to already issued nonregulatory policy statements by independent agencies, repealing two regulations for every one issued, quantifying zero ‘total incremental cost’) can be achieved.
Warming: Malware is Showing Up in Job Applicants’ Files
Be aware: There’s a new kind of malware computer attack targeting HR professionals.
Ransomware, a form of malware that blocks access to computer files until a ransom is paid, is arriving in HR pros’ inboxes dressed as job applications.
The ransomware attack usually begins with a brief email from someone posing to be a job applicant that contains two attachments:
>The first is a PDF file containing a cover letter, which has no malicious content. Check Point says its primary intent is to “lull the victim into a false sense of security.”
>The second is an Excel file that contains malicious content. When opened, it’ll ask the victim to enable macros to run.
If the victim enables macros to run, files on the victim’s computer will then begin to be encrypted. This will render the victim unable to access any of their files unless a ransom is paid to an untraceable recipient online.
So how can HR pros protect themselves, as well as their companies’ data:
>Ask IT for some tips on how to identify and separate malicious content from safe content.
>If anything suspicious comes into your inbox, talk to an IT professional before opening it.
>Don’t enable macros on Microsoft Office documents.
>Upload any attachments from untrusted sources to a cloud-based server, like Google Docs. This will allow you to open the files online, rather than on your computer. This tends to be safer than opening files directly on your computer.
Make sure you’ve got the latest version of your operating system, and that your anti-virus/anti-malware software is up to date.