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  • October 2022 Deadlines

    October 3 QSEHRA Notice Deadline (for QSEHRAs that begin January 1, 2023) What is a QSEHRA?   RDS Application Due to CMS (for plan years beginning in 1/1/2023) October 10 Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 14 Medicare Part D Notice… Read More >>

  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Hybrid Workplace

    Don’t let out of sight mean out of mind when it comes to working from home. Women and people of color show a preference for remote work in order to escape workplace microaggressions. What are microaggressions? Microaggressions are actions/comments that… Read More >>

  • 6 Ways to Implement Diversity & Inclusion in your Workplace

    As leaders, we all focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I), despite struggling to effectively implement. Organizations with diversity in gender, race, and ethnicity perform 35% better financially than similar companies lacking diversity. If you need guidance to implement D&I in… Read More >>

  • Health Equity in Employee Benefits

    Health equity came out of the COVID-19 pandemic unveiling the healthcare imbalance. Hidden barriers encountered by employees who are people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and disabled individuals came to light.  Health initiatives have been redefined to promote… Read More >>

  • Federal Judge Blocks Guidance on LGBTQ Workers

    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of TN blocked guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Title VII protection from discrimination of LGBTQ employees. The U.S. Supreme Court expanded… Read More >>

  • Monkeypox and Your Business

    We are in the midst of a new outbreak, monkeypox. Monkeypox was declared a public health emergency of international concern (highest warning level) by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a public health emergency by the United States. First COVID-19… Read More >>

  • Say What? Workplace Communication

    Every member on your team has an important role to play and their own set of responsibilities. We think of your business as a wheel and your employees as individual cogs. If someone does not complete their responsibilities, then the… Read More >>

  • MA Passed the “Crown Act”

    On July 26, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act, the CROWN Act. The law went into effect immediately. The CROWN Act prohibits discrimination against a person for… Read More >>

  • “Willing-to-lend a hand” Wednesday August 31

    What is your organization doing to recognize and celebrate “Willing-to lend a hand Wednesday”? Employees want to be a part of organizations that give back. One idea is to give your employees the day off to volunteer locally. Develop a… Read More >>

  • Are your employees taking time off to recharge?

    During the height of the pandemic, stress and burnout increased, while overall well-being decreased. Also, employees took less vacation/personal time off, exacerbating these. Increased hybrid work blurred the lines between work and home. Even when employees do take time off,… Read More >>

  • Update Policies to Reflect Hybrid Work

    Are you helping your stressed hybrid/remote workers understand what constitutes issues on the job vs. during personal time? For instance, if a car accident occurs during work hours, but the employee is running personal errands, it does not fall under… Read More >>

  • Roe v. Wade, what employers need to know

    What is Roe v Wade?   Roe v Wade was a 1973 legal case in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion was unconstitutional, and that the Constitution protected the right to abortion… Read More >>

  • July 2022 HR Compliance Deadlines

    July 31   July 31     July 31 Forms 5500 and 5558 Filing Deadline (for calendar year plans)   Quarterly Forms 720 and 941 Due How to Complete Form 941   Compliance Check – Review benefits notices were or… Read More >>

  • Juneteenth

      How did your company recognize Juneteenth? Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of the last enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, TX two years following the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2021, Juneteenth was added to the Massachusetts Blue laws and as such requires… Read More >>

  • June 2022 HR Compliance Deadlines

    June 30 End of Q2 Mid-Year Benefits Review – Remind employees to take advantage of any eligible voluntary benefits July 1 New Employment Laws 40+ new employment laws take effect July 1 at the state and local levels. Companies must… Read More >>

  • May 2022 HR Compliance Deadlines

    May 15 Non-Profit Tax Returns Deadline, including Form 990 Report activities annually for organizations exempt from income tax. If you are unsure how to navigate these and other deadlines and communicate with your team, HR Synergy is happy to help… Read More >>

  • College Internships

    When an employer decides to hire an intern, important factors to consider prior are listed above. Other specific questions can be found here: NH DOL. Another important note, If the internship is unpaid, all businesses must be pre-screened by the Department… Read More >>

  • April 2022 HR Compliance Deadlines

    April 15 Tax Day HR Guide to Employee Income Tax April 15 Forms 7004 and 8928 Filing Deadline April 29 *File Outstanding MEPSL Claims   April 30 Quarterly Forms 720 and 941 Due How to Complete Form 941 April 30… Read More >>

  • ADA Refresher

    As we spring into a new season, it is a great time for an ADA standards refresher. It is unlawful for private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor organizations, and labor-management committees to discriminate against an individual with… Read More >>