HIRD Deadline 11302018

The Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form is a new state reporting requirement in Massachusetts in 2018. The HIRD form collects employer-level information about your employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) offerings. The HIRD reporting is administered by MassHealth and the Department of Revenue (DOR) through the MassTaxConnect (MTC) web portal. The HIRD form will assist MassHealth in …

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Do’s and Don’ts for Workplace Outings

Workplace Outings typically put HR and Business Owners on guard. Very few focus on summer workplace outings, even though they both are culprits for sexual harassment, drinking, and making others feel uncomfortable. We are more accustomed to focusing on holiday parties. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you have fun! If you choose …

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10 Steps to a Smoother Termination


Terminating an employee is never a pleasant task. However terminations are a necessary part of managing a business. Before you act to discharge an employee, you need to take into account legal considerations under federal and state law. In Massachusetts state law defines “at-will” employment status. This concept frequently is misconstrued to mean that an …

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MINIMIZE LIABILITY FOR YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES!   MINIMIZE LIABILITY — ARE YOU AT RISK? Minimize Liability — Will you be civilly liable for negligent acts taking place within the scope of employment? Minimize Liability — Will you be confronted with a harassment, discrimination, or retaliation violations? Minimize Liability — As a small business owner you …


Dress Code – Summer No No’s

It’s approaching summertime, and many companies allow workers to dress more casually without a dress code.  This means it is time to re-visit your dress code policies. The hot weather forces employees to wear inappropriate attire in the workplace.  Most employees simply don’t know what is or is not appropriate.  Let me shed some light on …

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Employer’s Take Heed – MA Minimum Wage Law Will Take Effect January 1, 2015

Employer’s take heed – the impending minimum wage law in MA will take effect on January 1, 2015. What does that mean for your business?  Over a three year period, the phase-in to the minimum wage law will require you to increase wages first from $8.00 to $9.00 which requires bumping up wages for workers …

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Is it Really Harassment?

Harassment: Can you recognize it? It is often difficult to recognize a hostile work environment or harassment in the workplace.  Do you know if the offensive conduct has “crossed the line?”  The individual facts of each case determine if this inappropriate behavior is unlawful harassment.  One factor to consider is the “reasonable sensibilities” of the …

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Is the Employee Handbook like Spring Cleaning?

Employee Handbook

Open the windows and let the fresh air in! Spring is here to stay! Open your employee handbook and see what is missing. “One size does not fit all” when it comes to an employee handbook. Changes to federal and state employment laws make updating the employee handbook even more critical. I hate cleaning windows, …

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