December 2, 2016

Week’s Best – Trump Signals Healthcare Changes | 11 Salary Negotiation Mistakes | 15 Grammar Tips

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Well, December is here … things have calmed down a little since the election, and pundits have begun predicting what this new Trump administration will do.  One early focus is on healthcare … SHRM’s article, which we’ve re-titled ‘Trump Signals Major Changes to U.S. Healthcare with HHS Pick,’ gives you an advance look at what to expect for Obamacare.  Trump selected Georgia Representative Tom Price, also a surgeon and strong Obamacare critic for the post … Inc. published the 4 Best Healthcare Options for Small Business Owners – an excellent primer in this changing environment.

Here in Florida, a legal challenge to new Florida Workers’ Compensation rate increases appeared to delay the December 1 start date; but the state of Florida won its appeal, and the new rates are in effect.  You can read all about the new rates and legal challenges on our Blog Post.  As it now stands, current STAFFLINK clients will not be affected by the changes until March 1, 2017.

Also from SHRM this week, the Department of Labor appealed the FLSA Overtime Rule stay, leaving us to wonder When to Expect the Final Overtime Rule Decision; read the article and you’ll find out the most likely time frame, and the variables that can affect the final date.

In HR, tips on job hunting and candidate interviewing were big this week … Business Insider posted an informative video entitled  The Perfect Resume – great content if you are re-tooling your own … and, if you should make it all the way to the final round of the interview process, you should review Inc.’s 11 Mistakes People Always Make When Negotiating Salary ; The article includes some clever tips from some of America’s most successful negotiators.

From the management side of things, TLNT’s Why We Ask These 5 Questions, and Why You Should, Too, and SHRM’s How Companies are Altering Benefits to Attract and Retain Talent provide tips to help you find, select, and keep the ‘right’ people.

Also in HR, the IRS Issued an Extension for Employers’ ACA Reporting to Individuals; the new March 1, 2017 date gives everyone an extra month to get things done.

In Productivity, 15 Grammar Tips to Make Yourself Smarter was a popular post; read it and improve your writing skills quickly …

As the holiday season approaches, we’ll leave you with one of the most popular television ads in the United Kingdom this season … seems Mrs. Claus does more than we all knew …

Cheerio !