From the May 2013 issue of CeridianVoice.

May 2013 News Briefs

PPACA redefines nondiscrimination rules

In addition to “Play or Pay,” health care reform is requiring employees to reconsider the rules for nondiscrimination. Prior to health care reform, the law prohibited only self-funded health plans from discriminating in favor of highly compensated employees. The passage of PPACA changes those perimeters and applies nondiscrimination to all group health plans.  Read more at EBN.

New I-9 form becomes mandatory May 8

The new I-9 form published by the United States Center for Immigration Services becomes mandatory May 8. The new form is now two pages – the first page is to be completed by the new hire, while the second page is the employer’s responsibility. Fines for even simple paperwork mistakes can be stiff, so it is important for employers to take care when completing the form. Read more about the new I-9 at HR Executive Online.

Companies discuss their approach to PPACA

Faced with the new rules and regulations of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), two national companies are considering some creative options. Representatives from Darden Restaurants – owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Yardhouse and other national restaurant chains – and Cummins, Inc. share the process they used to decide which new health care options they would provide employees. Read more at EBN.

The importance of coordinating engaging orientations

The average orientation consists of HR paperwork, an overview of the organization and introductions to co-workers. However, a new study suggests that engaging employees at orientation rather than after they’ve begun working reduces employee turnover. The study encourages employers to spend time discussing the new employee’s skills and talents during the onboarding process. Read more at HR Executive Online.

7 tips for gaining executive’s attention and respect

Over the years, professionals have debated human resources presence on the executive team. Regardless of whether or not HR professionals have a seat at the table, they must effectively communicate with executives in order to achieve their goals. Follow a handful of tips for success and you’ll find the keys to effectively communicating with top-level executives. Read more at EBN.